I Know Him So Well


I Know Him So Well is a song from the musical Chess composers Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson; the lyrics were written by Tim Rice. It was first published in 1984 in the interpretation of Elaine Paige and Barbara Dickson on records.


I Know Him So Well was released worldwide on December 24, 1984 as a single and became a number-one hit in the UK and Ireland. The song has a playing time of 4 minutes and 15 seconds in the single version and 6 minutes and 2 seconds in the album version. On the B - side of the single is the game played by the London Symphony Orchestra play Chess. To this day, I Know Him So Well is according to the Guinness Book of Records the biggest selling female duet.

The song is about Svetlana, the woman (played by Barbara Dickson ), and Florence, the beloved (played by Elaine Paige ), the Russian world chess champion and her feelings for him and the breaking of relationships.

In 2004, 20 years after the last gig together, Elaine Paige and Barbara Dickson singing the song in the BBC show All- Time Greatest Love Songs.

Cover versions