Don't You Want Me

Album: Dare! (1981)
Charted: 1 1
  • You were workin' as a waitress in a cocktail bar
    When I met you
    I picked you out, I shook you up and turned you around
    Turned you into someone new
    Now five years later on, you've got the world at your feet
    Success has been so easy for you
    But don't forget, it's me who put you where you are now
    And I can put you back down too

    Don't, don't you want me?
    You know I can't believe it when I hear that you won't see me
    Don't, don't you want me?
    You know I don't believe you when you say that you don't need me
    It's much too late to find
    You think you've changed your mind
    You'd better change it back or we will both be sorry

    Don't you want me, baby?
    Don't you want me? Oh
    Don't you want me, baby?
    Don't you want me? Oh

    I was working as a waitress in a cocktail bar
    That much is true
    But even then, I knew I'd find a much better place
    Either with or without you
    The five years we have had have been such good times
    I still love you
    But now, I think it's time I live my life on my own
    I guess it's just what I must do

    Don't, don't you want me?
    You know I can't believe it when I hear that you won't see me
    Don't, don't you want me?
    You know I don't believe you when you say that you don't need me
    It's much too late to find
    You think you've changed your mind
    You'd better change it back or we will both be sorry

    Don't you want me, baby?
    Don't you want me? Oh
    Don't you want me, baby?
    Don't you want me? Oh

    Don't you want me, baby?
    Don't you want me? Oh
    Don't you want me, baby?
    Don't you want me? Oh
    Don't you want me, baby?
    Don't you want me? Oh
    Don't you want me, baby?
    Don't you want me? Oh
    Don't you want me, baby?
    Don't you want me? Oh
    Don't you want me, baby?
    Don't you want me? Oh
    Don't you want me, baby? Writer/s: John William Callis, Philip Oakey, Adrian Philip Wright
    Publisher: BMG Rights Management, DOMINO PUBLISHING COMPANY
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 19

  • George from Vancouver, Canada"& I can put you back down, too"; Translation, "Have sex with me some more, or I will hurt you!"

    Just another entitled Hollywood arsehole!
  • George from Vancouver, CanadaDude needs to f*** off & leave her alone -- she said no. Accept it & go force your arrogant yourself on a new waitress. . .
  • Robert from UkSoft Cell with Tainted Love was the best selling single in the UK in 1981.
    Don't You Want Me by Human League had more sales but they were from Dec1981 through to 1982
  • Grace from ArkhamThis song is really creepy if you think about it. "You better change it back or we will both be sorry" is very threatening.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn February 28th 1982, "Don't You Want Me" by the Human League entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at position #86; and seventeen weeks later on June 27th, 1982 it peaked at #1* {for 3 weeks} and spent over a half-year on the Top 100 {28 weeks}...
    As stated above it reached #1 in the U.K., and also #1 in Canada, Ireland, & New Zealand {made #2 in South Africa}...
    Between 1982 and 1995 the sextet had eight Top 100 records; three made the Top 10 with two reaching #1, their other #1 record was "Human" for one week on November 16th, 1986...
    * The three weeks that "Don't You Want Me" was at #1, the #2 record for those three weeks was "Rosanna" by Toto and it never reached #1, plus it was at #2 for two more weeks while "Eye of the Tiger" by Survivor occupied the top spot.
  • Leanne from Redditch Worcester EnglandWhat advert did this song appear in in the 90s a man said the line "don't you want me baby" to a woman I'm sure she was sat in a car at a petrol station or something like that lol thanks in advance if anyone finds out.
  • Esskayess from Dallas, TxWhat an example of bull**** union mentality -- trying to ban synths because musicians were 'put out of work.' That would be no different than some landscaping union trying to ban personal lawn mowers because it put THEM out of work. No one is OWED a living.
  • Megan from Stevenson, AlI love this song! Wish I could have enjoyed the 80s! :'(
  • Norm from Seattle, WaIt may have been a big UK hit in 1981. But it didn't hit #1 until the summer of 1982 in the U.S.
  • Karen from Manchester, NhHe has a great voice...the girls, not so much.
  • Theresa from Murfreesboro, TnI could sing this song all day! A classic '80s moment from an under-rated band.
  • Jennifer Harris from Grand Blanc, MiI loved this song,and the video that comes with it.
  • Mike from Santa Barbara, CaFront man Phillip Oakley came up with this song after reading a story about a nasty break-up in what he called "a trashy tabloid." Chances are, Oakley also hoped that it would also make people wonder if he and one of his two young female vocalists (Susanne Sulley & Joanne Catherall) were having a romantic conflict.
  • Liquid Len from Ottawa, CanadaSonny and Cher.
  • Bill from Southeastern Part Of, FlOn the advice of his brother, the lyricist of this song put in the word BABY to make fun of songs that overuse that word in their lyrics.
  • Jake from San Mateo, CaThe song orignated from a women's magazine?!?!
    Me thinking it was from "A Star Is Born"...
    The one w/ Judy Garland.... *sigh*
  • Linda from Oudenaarde, BelgiumThis song was covered by the Swedish band Alcazar, but that cover was not that successfull.
  • Edward Pearce from Ashford, Kent, EnglandKeiron, you're correct in saying Mike Oldfield's Tubular Bells was Virgin's first number one in the UK album charts. Virgin then had to wait another eight years before their first #1 on the UK singles charts which was Don't You Want Me.
  • Kieron from Perth, AustraliaIf i'm not mistaken, Virgins first number one in the UK was actually there first release - Mike Oldfields Tubular Bells in 1973.
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