Daily Archives: May 9, 2014

Radio XXXV, side B, track 2: “What You Don’t Know” by Expose

Expose - What You Don't KnowOh, Expose, so I was going to start out this post talking about how ignorance is bliss.  And then I was like “Who the hell came up with that in the first place?”  So then I Wikipedia’d it, and ends up it was originally written by Thomas Gray in 1742.  But according to Wikipedia, Senor Gray was actually celebrating his youth, when being ignorant could be excused.  Which is a nice sentiment and all, but these days, when someone uses it, it’s used sardonically, probably along with some withering remark about “sheeple” (one of the most annoyingly arrogant newer words in the English language, in my humble opinion).  And while you give some conflicting ideas about whether or not ignorance can indeed hurt you in your song, Expose, I firmly agree with your sentiment when you sing “If you don’t know, it won’t hurt you.”

I totally get that knowing is half the battle (thanks to G.I. Joe, except I never actually saw G.I. Joe when I was a kid because I think they showed it on USA or something, which of course I didn’t get on our TV since we only got two channels, sometimes three, none of them being USA).  And it comes in handy for things like “washing your hands stops the spread of disease”.  That’s good to know.  As is when a tornado is nearby.  But beyond that, I DON’T want to know.

Case in point:  about a month ago, when I was filling up the car with gas one night, the night before my wife and I were to leave on our honeymoon, there was a cute, friendly cat wandering in the parking lot.  A very busy parking lot.  The kind of parking lot where a sweet cat like this would inevitably get hit.  So I took this fuzzball and brought her back home, much to my wife’s chagrin (don’t be too hard on her, Expose.  after all, we’ve got 4 cats and 3 dogs already, and we were about to fly out of town.  not a good time to be bringing random cats to our home.).  I named her Gasper, because for whatever reason, her meow was just this weird gasping sound.  I called 311, and they told me to bring her to the city animal shelter.

Which is what I did the next day.  It was not a good experience, Expose.  The staff were indifferent, including when I offered to donate some money toward a dog’s heartworm treatment.  And then I did what I shouldn’t have done.  I asked what was going to happen to little Gasper.  The girl told me that they were going to get her spayed and then drop her right back off where I found her.

I was flabbergasted.  Then furious.  Between the shoddy customer service and the sheer illogic of putting my new friend right back into harm’s way, even now I’m thoroughly pissed off about it.  Look, Expose, I used to work at an animal shelter.  I get that it’s not an easy job.  And I get that people don’t like to know what actually happens after an animal gets dropped off.  So I should have known better.  Although it did make more sense when they kept referring to their 92% “live outcome” rate, which I’d thought was a weird way of saying “animal adoption”, but now realize is a fancy way of saying “dumping cats on the street.”

The lesson in all this, Expose?  I shouldn’t have asked.  Because now that I know what a boneheaded cat policy they have, I can’t in good conscience take any more animals to them or donate to them or volunteer for them.  It’s why I stopped watching documentaries or the news or even “The Daily Show”.  It’s why I stopped reading history books or the Drudge Report.  It’s why most of the stuff that I read and/or write is about stuff involving gorillas with axes and guys with capes.  I don’t want to know.  My wife fills me in on what’s going on here and there, but all it is is people saying and/or doing mean things or racist things or dumb things.  Besides the occasionally picture of a random puppy she sends me, the rest is just more reason for me to tune out.

Which is one of the nice things about this blog, Expose.  It reminds me of a time where I wasn’t tuned out.  I was actually tuned in.  To the radio.  All the time.  Where I didn’t give songs like this anymore thought beyond that it was great and that you all sounded really attractive.  So let’s just sit back and enjoy this song and take Herr Gray’s sage advice and revel in blissful ignorance.

“What You Don’t Know”

<awesome Expose jam>

Nooo
Is not an aaanswer

One that I might try to understand, you see

Love
Is only leeetters
Until you prove your love is here inside for me
Can ya feel it (feel it)
Or canchoo see (canchoo see)
I’ll never love someone as much, I know, when ya see me (see me)
It’s what you’ll get (what you’ll get)
Until I know it’s real (oh), it won’t chaaange how I feel (what you don’t know)
 
(Might hurt you)

(What you don’t know)
Don’t know

Don’t know
(If you don’t know) If you don’t know
(It won’t hurtchoo)
(What you don’t know)
Don’t know
Whatchoo don’t know might hurtchooooooo

You (you)
You play with fiiiiire

I know one day ya gonna be the one to burn

Love (love)
Is like a gaaaame

What goes around, comes around, you wait your turn

It’s a feelin’ (feelin’)
Ta change with time (change with time)
We’ll always be together, wait and see, if ya know me (know me)
That’s what you’ll get (what you’ll get)
Until I know it’s real (oh), it won’t chaaange how I feel
(What you don’t know)

(Might hurt you)

(What you don’t know)
Don’t know

Don’t know
(If you don’t know) If you don’t know
(It won’t hurtchoo)
(Whatchoo don’t know)
Don’t know
Whatchoo don’t know might hurtchoo
(Whatchoo don’t know) don’t know
(Might hurt you) don’t knooow
(Whatchoo don’t know) don’t knooooooow

(If you don’t know) if you don’t know
(It won’t hurtchoo)

(What you don’t know) don’t know

Whatchoo don’t know might hurtchoo

<awesome Expose jam>

(You don’t know, no, never know) oh, I wanna go
Hey hey hey
(You don’t know, no, never know) not here, not now, not anywhere
(You don’t know, no, never know) no, I wanna go
Hey, hey, hey
(You don’t know, no, never know) if you don’t know, you won’t let go, what you don’t know
(What you don’t know)
Oh no
No no no no no no (might hurt you)
(What you don’t know)
Don’t know

Don’t know
(If you don’t know)
Why not (it won’t hurt you)
Why no no no no no
(What you don’t know) don’t know
What you don’t know might hurt you
(What you don’t know) Woo
(Might hurt you) no no no no no no
(What you don’t know) why no
Why no
No no no no no no
(If you don’t know)
Na na na na na no no no
(It won’t hurt you)
Na na na na na no no no
(What you don’t know)
Lemme tell ya whatchoo don’t know won’t hurtcha, baby
(What you don’t know) tell ya, baby, whatchoo don’t know won’t hurtcha now

I don’t wanna hurtchoo, baby, no
I don’t wanna hurtcha, baby, no
I don’t wanna hurtchoo, baby, nooo nooo

If you don’t know, ya won’t let go, whatchoo don’t knooahhh
(Na na na na)
(Na na)
(Na na na)

(Na na na na) na na

Na na na na na na

(Na na na na) na na

(Na na na)

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