♫ Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go ♫

I was looking for something fun and light for this morning’s music post, and just trolling through the music archives, I came across this by British duo Wham!, consisting of George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley.

The inspiration for the song’s title is rather fun.  Andrew Ridgeley was living with his parents at the time, since Wham! was on the road most of the time and he was never home anyway.  One day, Ridgeley needed a wake-up call, so he left a note for him mum on his door. He wrote, “Wake me up up,” and realizing he duplicated a word, finished the sentence with “before you go go.”

George Michael got a kick out of it and decided to use it as a song title. Michael put together this song called Wake Me Up Before You Go Go, and it became Wham’s first U.S. hit.

George Michael (born Georgios Panayiotou) and Andrew Ridgeley met at Bushey Heath Comprehensive School in Hertfordshire when both were in their early teens. They became friends and after leaving school they made a demo of Wham! Rap at Andrew Ridgeley’s parents’ house, which was picked up by the record label Innervision and released without success. Their next release Young Guns (Go For It) was more successful rising to #3 in the UK.

Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go
Wham!

Jitterbug
Jitterbug
Jitterbug
Jitterbug

You put the boom boom into my heart (hoo, hoo)
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 you (ha-ha, ha-ha)
Something ain’t right (ha-ha, ha-ha)
My best friend told me what you did last night (ha-ha, ha-ha)
Left me sleepin’ in my bed (ha-ha, ha-ha)
I was dreaming, but I should have been with you instead (ha-ha)

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 want to miss it when you hit that high
Wake me up before you go-go
‘Cause I’m not plannin’ on going solo
Wake me up before you go-go
Take me dancing tonight
I wanna hit that high (yeah, yeah)

You take the grey skies out of my way (hoo, hoo)
You make the sun shine brighter than Doris Day
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 (ha-ha, ha-ha)
It makes me crazy when you act so cruel (ha-ha, ha-ha)
Come on, baby, let’s not fight (ha-ha, ha-ha)
We’ll go dancing, everything will be all right (ha-ha)

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 want to miss it when you hit that high
Wake me up before you go-go
‘Cause I’m not plannin’ on going solo
Wake me up before you go-go
Take me dancing tonight
I wanna hit that high (yeah, yeah, yeah)

Jitterbug (baby)
Jitterbug (woo)

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

Jitterbug

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 want to miss it when you hit that high
Wake me up before you go-go
‘Cause I’m not plannin’ on going solo
Wake me up before you go-go
Take me dancing tonight

Wake me up before you go-go (don’t you dare)
Don’t leave me hanging on like a yo-yo
(Leave me hanging on like a yo-yo, yo-yo, yo)
Wake me up before you go-go
I don’t want to miss it when you hit that high
(Take me dancing)
(A boom-boom-boom-boom, oh)
Wake me up before you go-go
‘Cause I’m not plannin’ on going solo
(A boom-boom-boom-boom)
Wake me up before you go-go (ah)
(Yeah, yeah, yeah)
Take me dancing tonight

Ooh ah
Yeah

Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: George Michael
Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc

23 thoughts on “♫ Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go ♫

  1. Not a bad song, just over commercialized. GM does exceptional covers as well, check out Last X-mas, The long and winding road, Somebody to love, I can’t make you love me, Don’t let the sun go down.
    He’s certainly got the golden voice!
    Also check out the movie “Last Christmas” which features many of Wham’s best songs, I think you’d enjoy it. 🙂

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  2. Oh No No, all the fantastic George Michael songs you could have played and you go teenybopper instead. In my eyes he was one of the most talented artistes of his time and he could freewheel into Elton John or Queen work and make it ring true.No Like on this one.
    Cwtch

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    • 🤦 And here I thought you would like this one, for I knew you liked George Michael and thought you liked Wham! Ah well, I’ve heard from the best … you, John and Larry … and so I ask you what I’ve asked them … give me a title … a George Michael song that is in your top #5. Still, at least this was a fun, upbeat song, yes?
      Cwtch

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  3. Thank you hor a happy song. I’ve bee meaning to ask for a few days if you would play “Uncle Albert/Hands Across the Water” as a cheery song. I prefer the Beatles’ production, but the McCartney’s version is okay too. Happiness Is.

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