You Don't Know Me (Ben Folds song)

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"You Don't Know Me"
Single by Ben Folds featuring Regina Spektor
from the album Way to Normal
Released 2008
Format Digital Download, CD Single
Genre Indie pop, pop rock, baroque pop
Length 3:12
Label Epic
Writer(s) Ben Folds
Ben Folds singles chronology
"Hiroshima (B B B Benny Hit His Head)"
"You Don't Know Me"
"From Above" (2010)

You Don't Know Me is the name of the lead-off single from Ben Folds' third studio album, Way to Normal. The song features Regina Spektor on vocals dueting with Ben Folds. The song is also the 4th song on Ben Folds' 2009 album Stems & Seeds.


Ben Folds called Regina Spektor and asked her to be featured in the song. In an interview with Rolling Stone, he explained, "I just called her up and we went up and did it. I had a part I wanted her to sing it, but she added a lot. There's stuff that just came out of her mouth that wasn't the plan, which is great. That's kinda what I wanted. The song chords were so simple there wasn't much room for that, but she's one of those talented people. When she works it's scary good. She's just all talent."[1]

Music video[edit]

The official music video for "You Don't Know Me" was directed by the comedy team of Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim, featuring Tim and Eric themselves as an unhappy couple. The footage is intermixed with video of Ben Folds, drummer Sam Smith and bassist Jared Reynolds playing on the lawn outside the couple's house. Regina Spektor herself is not in the video, although a photo of her (with the lips altered to look like they are singing) can be seen in the living room partway through the video. Josh Groban also appears in the video.[2]

Commercial Success[edit]

The single was featured in the 11th episode of the fifth season of the ABC hit drama, Grey's Anatomy titled "Wish You Were Here". It was also featured in a January 2015 commercial for Nationwide Insurance.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "You Don't Know Me" - 3:12
  2. "Hiroshima (B B B Benny Hit His Head)" - 3:37
  3. "Brainwashed" (Non-Album Track) - 3:35


  1. ^ Downs, David (August 13, 2008). "Why I Leaked It: Ben Folds Comes Clean About His Fake (And Real) New Album, "Way To Normal"". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2008-11-29. 
  2. ^ "Triangle Music: New Ben Folds video - "You Don't Know Me"". 2008-09-11. Retrieved 2011-02-11. 

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