- Timeline This song has been recorded in 1960
- Sessions This song has been recorded during the following sessions
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From Early Beatles Songs:
This track is only known through the Forthlin Road tapes, where it sits with the series of instrumental jams. This one is a somewhat better structured blues number, with Lennon and McCartney vocalising together and separately, although a full lyric is impossible to decipher. It is presumed to be a co-write, and the lack of proper words suggests it was of recent creation, although probably not made up on the spot. The title is derived from something Lennon seems to sing – possibly referencing himself not knowing any words.
[...] Time don't wait when I'm callin' you, Johnny boy...
Please Johnny, won't you tell me?
I'm gonna see my sister Sue.
If she don't want to see me I don't know really what I'm gonna do...
I don't know, I don't know.
“I Don't Know” has been played in 8 soundchecks.