I Want to Wake Up

Writers - Tennant/Lowe
First released - 1987
Original album - Actually
Producer - Shep Pettibone, Pet Shop Boys
Subsequent albums - (none)
Other releases - bonus track with single "Can You Forgive Her?"

The torture of being in love with someone who doesn't love you back. "You're in love with he, she's in love with me, but you know as well as I do I can never think of anyone but you." Tormented by unrequited love, the narrator feels as though he's living a nightmare from which he desperately wants to wake up. That's pretty much the gist of it—although at the end of the song, in an extremely clever lyrical twist, Neil notes that the only possible way to wake up from this terrible dream, at least in a positive way, is to "wake up with you."

This song originated with a backing instrumental track that Chris wrote on his own, for which he then asked Neil to write lyrics. Neil, for his part, took lyrics that he had previously composed for a song he had written on his own titled "I Heard What You Said" and applied them to Chris's track, making appropriate adjustments.

Later this track would resurface in a version remixed by their friend Johnny Marr, formerly of The Smiths, as one of the bonus tracks on the "Can You Forgive Her?" CD single.



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