I Don't Wanna

Writers - Tennant/Lowe
First released - 2020
Original album - Hotspot
Producer - Stuart Price
Subsequent albums - (none)
Other releases - (none)

Neil has described this song as being about someone who doesn't want to go out partying, but nevertheless finally decides to do so anyway. He notes that he was consciously trying to mimic Madonna's singing style when he recorded the vocal, which largely explains his use of the slang "wanna" rather than the more standard "want to."

It's a remarkably straightforward song by PSB standards. The most interesting part, at least from a lyrical perspective, comes in the final stanza, when the song's protagonist, a "lonely boy" with "his head in the clouds," who has always preferred staying at home to going out on the town, is lifted from his solitude by a song:

In a song he hears that rhythm's a dancer
And it won't take no for an answer

"Suddenly," Neil sings, he decides "reluctantly" to go out in search of "some company." And off he goes. One can't help but feel that music has just set his life on a new, more gratifying course.



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