Baby You Don't Wanna Know

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"Baby You Don't Wanna Know"
Single by Sum 41
from the album Screaming Bloody Murder
Released June 15, 2011
Format Digital download
Recorded April 2010 at EastWest Studios, Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA
Genre Alternative rock, garage rock
Length 3:34
Label Island
Songwriter(s) Deryck Whibley, Matt Squire
Producer(s) Deryck Whibley
Sum 41 singles chronology
"Screaming Bloody Murder"
"Baby You Don't Wanna Know"
"Screaming Bloody Murder"
"Baby You Don't Wanna Know"

"Baby You Don't Wanna Know" is the second single from Sum 41's fifth studio album Screaming Bloody Murder, officially released as a Canadian radio single on June 15, 2011, and later worldwide, along with a music video, on August 3, 2011.


Deryck Whibley at the Ottawa Bluesfest.

As confirmed on Sum 41's Screaming Bloody Murder making of documentary Don't Try This at Home, "Baby You Don't Wanna Know", along with "Time for You to Go", was one of the two songs that were written and recorded by the band at the last minute, on April 7, 2010, at EastWest Studios in Hollywood, California.[1] The song, co-written by Matt Squire, was added to the album at the last minute and its recording was funded by Deryck Whibley himself, as the label refused to pay for any more songs for the album.

As said by Todd Morse on Don't Try This at Home, the song's style was more in the vein of classic rock and "straight-up-rock and roll", taking influence from the Rolling Stones and the Beatles, as opposed to all the other songs that were written during 2008–2009, that resulted in a more "dark" alternative rock style.

In an interview with the band during their European tour in July 2011, the band has commented that they considered releasing either "Blood in My Eyes" or "Back Where I Belong" as the second single, but opted to release "Baby You Don't Wanna Know" instead, as it was more radio friendly.

Music video[edit]

On June 28, 2011, Sum 41's Twitter has announced that the band shot a music video for "Baby You Don't Wanna Know" during a day off in Germany, to be released in the coming month. In July 2011, band assistant Matt Whibley has confirmed that the music video was shot with a local German crew and is low budget. On August 3, 2011, the band premiered the music video for the song exclusively on German website[2] A day later, it premiered on VEVO and YouTube, for worldwide audiences.

Live performances[edit]

The band performed the song live for the first time on June 22, 2011, in Angers, France, during the band's summer European leg of the Screaming Bloody Murder Tour. The song was since then performed at various other concerts, and although being an official single, the band does not perform it on every date. It was performed on and off until August 2011, and hasn't been played again when the band resumed the tour in 2012.

Promotional use[edit]

It is also on the soundtrack of the 2011 film Green Lantern.

Track listing[edit]

Digital download
No. Title Length
1. "Baby You Don't Wanna Know" 3:34

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format
Canada June 15, 2011 Airplay
Europe August 3, 2011


  1. ^ "Watch Screaming Bloody Murder". Sum41. Archived from the original on 2012-01-02. Retrieved 2012-01-15. 
  2. ^ "GERMANY! Check out...". Facebook. Retrieved 2012-01-15. 

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