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If I Didnt Know Better is a song written by John Paul White and Arum Rae and performed by Scarlett O'Connor and Gunnar Scott in the Season One premiere.

In the show, this song was written by Scarlett as a poem and It was Gunnar who convinced her to turn it into a song. So Scarlett wrote the lyrics and Gunnar made the melody. They first perfomed this song at Bluebird, in the "songwriter's night", and then, in the episode Someday You'll Call My Name in the Watty's Recording Studio.

It is included on The Music of Nashville (Season 1, Volume 1).

Lyrics

Scarlett:
If I didn’t know better, I’d hang my hat right there
If I didn’t know better, I’d follow you up the stairs

Scarlett and Gunnar:
Stop saying those sweet things
You know I like to hear
The horns are blowing louder
The bailiffs strolling near

Why do I keep drinking
Wasting my time on you
If I didn’t know better
Well dammit I do

Gunnar:
There’s a hole in what you’re saying
I can plainly see
You've a lover that’s waiting
But baby you're right here with me

Scarlett:
Ooh, you might as well be the devil
Keeping me out past three

Gunnar:
Well, you’re the one with that apple
So baby you can’t blame me

Why don’t you keep drinking
Give me one night with you

Scarlett:
If I didn’t know better
Well dammit I do

Scarlett and Gunnar:
Why do I keep drinking
Wasting my time on you
If I didn’t know better

Scarlett:
Well dammit, I do
Oh baby I do

Gunnar:
You’re right here with me

Scarlett:
Sweet daddy you know I do

Videos

Season One Songs
A Showman's LifeAll My AngelsAlready GoneAmerican BeautyBack HomeBitter MemoryBoys & BusesBuried UnderCasinoChange Your MindChanging GroundConsider MeFade Into YouFor Your GloryGun for a MouthHangin' on a LieHo HeyHypnotizingI Will FallI'll Be There (If You Want Me)I'm a GirlI'm A Lonesome FugitiveIf I Didn't Know BetterIf Momma Coulda Seen MeIn The Arms of a Jealous GodIt's My LifeKeep Asking WhyKissLet There Be LonelyLooking for a Place to ShineLove Like MineLove's Ring of FireLoving You is the Only Way to FlyMatchbox BluesMoon is HighNo One Will Ever Love YouNothing in this World Will Ever Break My Heart AgainOne Works BetterPapa Writes to JohnnyPeace in the ValleyPostcard from MexicoShineSideshowStompin' GroundsStronger than MeTelescopeTelescopeThe End of the DayThe Morning of the RainTough All OverTwist of BarbwireTwist of BarbwireUndermineUsedWe Are WaterWhen the Right One Comes AlongWrong SongYellin' From the RooftopYou Ain't Dolly (And You Ain't Porter)

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