I Wanna Be Your Slave

Album: Teatro d'ira: Vol. 1 (2021)
Charted: 5
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  • I wanna be your slave
    I wanna be your master
    I wanna make your heart beat

    One of two Teatro d'ira: Vol. I tracks sang in English, this song finds Måneskin vocalist Damiano David crudely playing with contrasts to show the many sides of sexuality.
  • Among the other contrasts included in the lyrics are:

    I'm a bad boy, I'm a blonde girl

    I wanna be a good boy. I wanna be a gangster

    David said the band included these apparent contradictions because they wanted "to convey the idea that we don't need to have a single identity, everyone can have many facets."
  • Because I'm the devil
    Who's searching for redemption
    And I'm a lawyer
    Who's searching for redemption

    Måneskin said the contrasting characters in the chorus are in need of saving, as the English-language anthem is about "sex, in all its forms and from every angle, the antinomy that lives in all of us and makes us human, imperfect, sinful and in need of redemption."
  • Damiano David originally came up with the song idea on the piano. When he sent the audio file to bassist Victoria De Angelis, she and guitarist Thomas Raggi initially rejected it because it sounded terrible.

    The track only clicked with the others when during a work trip to London the band transferred the file to the bass and applied distortion. "My audio note was indeed bad," David said to The Guardian. "But my bandmates, as artists, should have had a minimum of imagination."
  • Måneskin didn't release the song as a single, but after the band's win at the Eurovision Song Contest 2021 the English language track went viral on streaming sites across Europe. In the UK it followed "Zitti E Buoni" into the charts, resulting in the Italian rockers becoming the first Eurovision winner act since Celine Dion to have two songs in the UK top 40.
  • Måneskin teamed up with Iggy Pop for a a new version of the song. The Italian band released their reworking on August 6, 2021, over 50 years after Iggy famously declared "I Wanna Be Your Dog."
  • Måneskin performed this song on the January 22, 2022 episode of Saturday Night Live. The Italian band also rocked the show with their cover of "Beggin'."


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