Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go-Wham.

October 1, 2022

Today’s song of the day is “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go” by the duo Wham! The English Pop duo were Andrew Ridgeley and George Michael and formed the group in Bushey.

Fun Facts:

  • “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go” was released by Wham! as a single in the United Kingdom on May 14th, 1984. 
  • The song went to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 in the US and held the spot for three weeks.
  • Even after Wham! had a lot of success, Andrew Ridgeley lived with his parents at home. Because they were on the road most of the time, this was easier than having to maintain an empty house. George and Andrew used to share a room in their home for demos.
  • Andrew needed to be woken up, so he left a note for his mother on the door. The note read, “wake me up up.” Upon realizing that he’d duplicated one word, he added “before you go go” to finish the sentence.
  • Both George and Michael decided to use it as a song title. This is how the pop song was conceived and became a great American hit.
  • The track was produced and composed by George Michael. It is impeccably and tightly constructed. Its bouncy beat and inescapable melody are almost akin to a force of nature, so difficult to resist.
  • “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go” was certified platinum within the US and, at the time, had sold over two million copies.
  • The track was nominated for various awards in 1985, including the Brit Award for the British Video of the year, the Grammy Award for the Best Pop Performance by Duo, and the Juno Award for the best International single of the year.
  • “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go” ranked at position 28 on VH1’s 100 Greatest tracks of the 1980s.
  • The British public voted for “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go” as the country’s 13th favorite 80’s number one in an ITV poll in 2015.
  • It also earned the IFPI Denmark Gold certification after selling 45,000 copies and made the music Canada’s platinum certification after it sold 10000 copies. 

Lyrics 

Jitterbug

Jitterbug

Jitterbug

Jitterbug

You put the boom-boom into my heart (ooh-ooh)

You send my soul sky-high

When your lovin’ starts

Jitterbug into my brain (yeah-yeah)

Goes a bang-bang-bang

‘Til my feet do the same

But something’s bugging me

Something ain’t right

My best friend told me

What you did last night

You left me sleeping in my bed

I was dreaming

But I should’ve been with you instead

Wake me up before you go-go

Don’t leave me hanging on like a yo-yo

Wake me up before you go-go

I don’t wanna miss it when you hit that high

Wake me up before you go-go

‘Cause I’m not planning on going solo

Wake me up before you go-go, ah

Take me dancing tonight

I wanna hit that high, yeah, yeah

You take the grey skies outta my way (ooh-ooh)

You make the sun shine brighter than Doris Day

You turned a bright spark into a flame (yeah-yeah)

My beats per minute never been the same

‘Cause you’re my lady

I’m your fool

It makes me crazy when you act so cruel

Come on, baby

Let’s not fight

We’ll go dancing

Everything will be alright

Wake me up before you go-go

Don’t leave me hanging on like a yo-yo

Wake me up before you go-go

I don’t wanna miss it when you hit that high

Wake me up before you go-go

‘Cause I’m not planning on going solo

Wake me up before you go-go, ah

Take me dancing tonight

I wanna hit that high, yeah, yeah, yeah, baby

Jitterbug

Jitterbug

Cuddle up, baby

Move in tight

We’ll go dancing tomorrow night

It’s cold out there

But it’s warm in bed

They can dance

We’ll stay home instead

Wake me up before you go-go

Don’t leave me hanging on like a yo-yo

Wake me up before you go-go

I don’t wanna miss it when you hit that high

Wake me up before you go-go

‘Cause I’m not planning on going solo

Wake me up before you go-go, ah

Take me dancing tonight

Wake me up before you go-go

Don’t you dare to leave me hanging on like a yo-yo

Take me dancing

A boom-boom-boom-boom, oh!

A boom-boom-boom-boom (yeah, yeah, yeah)

(Take me dancing tonight) ooh-aah

Yeah, yeah

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