“Wish I Didn’t Know Now”
Written by Toby Keith
Radio & Records
#1 (1 week)
May 20, 1994
Another timeless recurrent from Toby Keith.
The Road to No. 1
Toby Keith followed his No. 1 debut single “Should’ve Been a Cowboy” with the top five “He Ain’t Worth Missing” and the top ten “A Little Less Talk (and a Lot More Action).” The fourth and final single from Toby Keith returned him to the top.
The No. 1
I remember this getting a negative review in Billboard when it was released. It didn’t make sense to me then and it still doesn’t make sense to me now. I think this song is borderline genius.
It captures the moment of realization that you’ve been being lied to all along, but takes the emotional reaction in a different direction than expected. This guy wishes to go back to blissful ignorance, even though he’s “sure found out too much to stay.”
Keith is so damn good at rugged vulnerability, and this is one of his best demonstrations of that dichotomy. Staying with the woman who humiliated him isn’t an option, but he’s still going to deeply miss the illusion he was living under.
“Please don’t say you’re sorry,” he asks. “I just might stay another day.”
The Road From No. 1
Toby Keith’s lead single from his sophomore album will follow this to No. 1, and it’s a winner, too.
“Wish I Didn’t Know Now” gets an A.
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