Bob Seger ~
I remember reading in Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band‘s Greatest Hits CD, that Bob Seger says he came up with the line “Wish I didn’t know now what I didn’t know then.” It appears in his 1980 song “Against The Wind” (see video below). But, I also read that at the time that he recorded this song he didn’t like the line and wanted to change it before releasing the album. I think he says the producer told him to leave it as it was, and it seemed to have worked out for him. After all, the line has been used in other songs since then.
Bob Seger: I Wish I Didn’t Know Now…
Toby Keith: Wish I Didn’t Know Now
Perhaps, most notably, Toby Keith released this song in 1994 which not only featured the line, but it was in the title of the song! “Wish I didn’t Know Now” was one of many big hits for Keith in the early part of his career. But that wasn’t the only song to feature the line in some form or another.
Poison: Something To Believe In
Poison also used the line, slightly altered, in their 1990 hit “Something To Believe In.” It made sense. And, if you think about it, it does make sense. I can think of several things over the course of my life that I know now that I wish I didn’t know. I think the one thing that all these songs are relating is just how tough life and relationships can become. Perhaps if we knew it going into certain things, we would approach them differently. I guess if you were going to point to a line in music history that best describes remorse or regret, this would be the line.
Although Bob Seger was and and perhaps is still not happy with the line “Wish I didn’t know now what I didn’t know then,” we think he should be proud of it. It has become a line of legendary status, and is a rock and roll classic.
Is There Anything That You Wish You Didn’t Know Now?