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March 01, 2012

Clarence "Frogman" Henry - (I Don't Know Why) But I Do (1961)

Born in 1937 in New Orleans, Louisiana, this artist grew up admiring the music and style of Fats Domino and Professor Longhair. His debut song in 1956, “Ain’t Got No Home,” was a big hit for him that would eventually become his signature song. Following more success in the early ‘60s, his popularity led him to opening for The Beatles on eighteen different occasions in 1964. In 1981, he was booked to perform at a private party held by The Rolling Stones aboard a riverboat in his hometown of New Orleans.

This song, written by Paul Gayten and Bobby Charles (credited as Robert Guidry), was Henry’s biggest hit in the US, reaching number four. It was also featured in the movies Forrest Gump (1994) and Mickey Blue Eyes (1999).

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Clarence "Frogman" Henry - (I Don't Know Why) But I Do (1961)

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Lyrics:

I don't know why I love you, but I do
I don't know why I cry so, but I do
I only know I'm lonely and that I want you only
I don't know why I love you, but I do

I can't sleep nights because I feel so restless
I don't know what to do; I feel so helpless
And since you've been away, I cry both night and day
I don't know why I love you, but I do

My days have been so lonely
My nights have been so blue
I don't know how I manage, but I do

Each night I sit alone and tell myself
That I will fall in love with someone else
I guess I'm wastin' time, but I've got to clear my mind
I don't know why I love you, but I do

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