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Song Name: Don't You Know

Artist: DEVO

Appears On: Freedom of Choice

Year: 1979

Year Released: 1980

Performed: [1] 2009 (at shows performing the Freedom of Choice album tracklist)

Run Time: 2:14  (Album Version)

Writing Credits: Mark Mothersbaugh

Sung By: Mark Mothersbaugh

Alternate Versions: None

Demo Versions: Don't You Know (Demo)

Song Connections: None

Trivia / Info:Edit

  • Just before the line "every new mistake" Bob 1 intentionally flubs a guitar riff.
  • The line "like a plug without a socket" equates male "plugs" with female "sockets."
(A girl holds a picture of an electrical socket in the Girl U Want video.)
  • The lyrics of DYN predate those of "Every Breath You Take" by the Police.

Onstage Behavior:

Onstage from left to right are the drummer, Bob1, Jerry, Mark, and Bob2.
Bob1 emphasizes the flubbed riff at the line "every new mistake."  Bob1 and Jerry swoop down to emphasize the song's repeated guitar riff, Bob2 robotically plays the synth lines and periodically holds his hand to his dome.

Lyrics:

Every move I make
Every rule I break
Make me want it more
Every step I take
Every new mistake
If you wanna know
Keeps me searchin' for you
There's nowhere for you to hide
'Cause a feelin's got me reelin'
And I'm twisted up inside
Don't you know I, got a thing that looks for you
Don't you know the, way you make me feel about you
Don't you know I, got a place that waits for you
Don't you know that, I'm always thinkin' of you
I got a rocket in my pocket
But I don't know, what to do?
Like a plug without a socket
I'm just waitin' 'round for you
Don't you know I, got a thing for you can do
Don't you know the, way you make me feel about you
Don't you know I, got a thing that looks for you
Don't you know that, I'm always thinkin' of you
I got a rocket in my pocket
I don't know, what to do?
Like a plug without a socket
I'm just waitin' 'round for you

References:

  1. DEVO Live Guide. Website keyword search for "don't you know".

External Links:

Don't You Know (recording) MusicBrainz


DEVO
Mark Mothersbaugh | Gerry Casale | Bob Mothersbaugh
Bob Lewis | Bob Casale | Jim Mothersbaugh | Alan Myers
David Kendrick | Josh Freese & Jeff Friedl | Josh Hager
Record Labels / Publishers
Booji Boy Records | Warner Brothers | Enigma | Devo, Inc. 
Stiff | Virgin | Rykodisk | Infinite Zero | Restless | Discovery | Rhino 
MVD Audio | The Orchard | Superior Viaduct | Futurismo
Production
Brian Eno | Ken Scott | Robert Margouleff | Roy Thomas Baker | DEVO 
The Teddybears | Greg Kurstin | Santi White | John King | John Hill | Mark Nishita 
Official Studio Albums
Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo! (1978) | Duty Now For The Future (1979) | Freedom of Choice (1980) | New Traditionalists (1981) | oh, no! it's DEVO (1982) | Shout (1984) | Total DEVO (1988) | SmoothNoodleMaps (1990) | Something for Everybody   (2010)
Other Albums
Be Stiff EP (1977) | E-Z Listening Disc (1987) | Now It Can Be Told: DEVO at the Palace (1989) | Hardcore DEVO Vol. 1 74-77 (1990) | Hardcore DEVO Vol. 2 1974-1977 (1991) | DEVO Live: The Mongoloid Years (1992) | DEV-O Live (1999) | Recombo DNA (2000) | Live In Central Park (2004) | DEVO Live 1980 (2005) | New Traditionalists: Live 1981 Seattle (2012) | Something ELSE for Everybody  (2013) | Miracle Witness Hour  (2014) | Live at Max's Kansas City - November 15, 1977  (2014) | Butch Devo and the Sundance Gig  (2014) | Hardcore DEVO Live!  (2015)
Filmography
The Men Who Make The Music (1981) | Human Highway (1982) | We're All DEVO (1984) | The Complete Truth About De-Evolution (1993) | DEVO Live (2004) | DEVO Live In The Land Of The Rising Sun (2004) | DEVO Live 1980 (2005) | Hardcore DEVO Live!  (2015)
Related Articles
History | Bootlegs | Booji Boy | Devolution | Influence | The Wipeouters | Jihad Jerry & The Evildoers | Devo 2.0 | Akron, Ohio | Music Videos | Versions | Outfits

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