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September 07, 2012

The D-Men - I Just Don't Care (1965)

Note: This is the early ‘60s American group known as The D-Men.
For the Australian band also known as The D-Men, click here.


Coming out of Stamford, Connecticut in 1963, this group started by playing local dives in New York before graduating to the popular hot-spots in Greenwich Village. Playing up to six nights a week, they found the time to release three singles. The band made numerous appearances on the television show, Hullabaloo, where they played their most popular song, heard below. At one point, The Beatles’ manager, Brian Epstein, was a co-host of Hullabaloo and expressed interest in signing the group. In 1966, the group changed their name to The Fifth Estate and found success with their sunshine pop cover of “Ding-Dong! The Witch Is Dead”.

Released in March 1965, this song was the group’s most popular hit. As mentioned above, it was performed numerous times when the band appeared on Hullabaloo.

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The D-Men - I Just Don't Care (1965)

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Lyrics:

I’ve suffered loneliness and pain
(No, no, I just don’t care)
And now you want me back again
(No, no, I just don’t care)
I don’t care what you say or do
‘cause, baby, now I’m cured of you
You say you’ll be waiting there

But I just don’t care
(No, no, I just don’t care)
I just don’t care
(No, no, I just don’t care)

Walk up the address of your home
(No, no, I just don’t care)
Walk up the number of your phone
(No, no, I just don’t care)
And all the things we used to do
I just forgot about them, too
The memory’s probably there

But I just don’t care
(No, no, I just don’t care)
Oh, I just don’t care
(No, no, I just don’t care)

Okay, let’s give it to ‘em, baby

I wasn't waitin' for your call
(No, no, I just don’t care)
I ought to see you not at all
(No, no, I just don’t care)
I don’t care what you say or do
‘cause baby now I’m cured of you
You say you’ll be waiting there

But I just don’t care
(No, no, I just don’t care)
Woah, I just don’t care
(No, no, I just don’t care)

I don’t care anymore honey
(No, no, I just don’t care)
I’ve had it with you
(No, no, I just don’t care)
You’re too much for me
(No, no, I just don’t care)
I’ve cried too much
(No, no, I just don’t care)
My time has come
(No, no, I just don’t care)
I gotta go now
(No, no, I just don’t care)
So long, girl

[Note: Thanks again to Peter from Peter's Power Pop for help with the lyrics!]

4 comments:

  1. My recommendation for replacing "Walk" in the lyrics (at 0:38 and 0:44) would be "Look". Admittedly, it doesn't sound much like "look", but it's the word that probably makes the most sense in each of those two lines.

    As for "My whose out waitin’ for your call" (1:28-1:31), I reckon he sings "I wasn't waitin' for your call".

    But those "walk"s. Hmm...

    By the way, there's a video of The D-Men performing "I Just Don't Care" on Hullabaloo: (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4rY50GBqstM)

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    1. I agree that "look" definitely makes the most sense, but I certainly can't hear it. I tried to force my mind to hear "look," but I just couldn't do it.
      As for the "I wasn't waitin' for your call," you definitely nailed it. You got that one, for sure. Thank you!
      And thanks for the link as well. I've never seen that before!

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    2. Up until a moment ago I was convinced it had to be "look" instead of "walk". I couldn't imagine it being anything else. However...

      I had another look at the lyrics without hearing the song, and I thought "'Tore'. Yes, that must be it. 'Tore up the number', 'Tore up the number of your phone'. That's it! Why, Peter, you're a genius."

      But then I had another listen to the song, and it sounded nothing like "tore". At all.

      Grrr.

      So, this time I listened to the song and wondered: "What can he be doing to both the address and number?"

      Then I thought: "'Broke'. It sounds like he could be singing 'broke'. It sort of makes sense. Maybe. 'Broke up the address of your home', 'Broke up the number of your phone'."

      As I was listening, I realised that "broke" fits better than any other word I had thought of up until then.

      Because I really don't want to spend the rest of the day trying to figure out what that pesky word is, I'll come to the conclusion that the word is "broke". Maybe.

      What is it?

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    3. I go through a similar process very often. I think about what I'm hearing, then give up and analyze the structure of the sentence. Eventually I hear the same clip so many times the lyrics become a brief structure of noise that makes absolutely no sense and I give it a rest. Then, sometimes a day later, it'll hit me out of nowhere when I wasn't even thinking about it. Other times it just remains a mystery. This one, unfortunately, I think will remain a mystery. (Until I track down their lead singer and ask him!)

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