♫ Careless Whisper ♫

A couple of nights ago, I played a song by British duo Wham!  I discovered from a few friends here that the song, “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go”, was not exactly their favourite George Michael song!  So, I asked them what their favourite was, and luckily, while there were numerous answers, they overwhelmingly agreed on “Careless Whisper”, which is also one of my favourites, though I already played it in January 2019.  Still, you can’t get enough of a good song, right?


I keep a list of songs I might want to post, sometimes of ones that readers have mentioned as being ones they like, or just ones that I think about and would like to post in the future.  So, tonight I went to the list and found “Careless Whisper — George Michael”.  Okay … Google that, and I come up with Careless Whisper by … WHAM!  Try again … still no version by ‘George Michael’.  Daughter Chris, my music expert, had just gone to bed, so I texted her:

“Is George Michael and WHAM the same thing?”

She responds:

“Sort of.  George Michael was the singer for WHAM!.  That was a funny question.” 

So then I had to trudge up the stairs to ‘splain why I asked.  Now that is straightened out, let’s get down to business.

This song, released in July 1984, was George Michael’s first solo single, although he was still performing in Wham! at the time (the song is included on Wham!’s album Make It Big).  It was released as a single and became a huge commercial success on both sides of the Atlantic and on both sides of the Pacific. It reached number one in nearly 25 countries, selling about 6 million copies worldwide—2 million of them in the United States.

The song was written by George Michael and the other half of WHAM!, Andrew Ridgeley when they were only seventeen!  According to George Michael’s autobiography …

“When I was twelve, thirteen, I used to have to chaperone my sister, who was two years older, to an ice rink at Queensway in London. There was a girl there with long blond hair whose name was Jane. I was a fat boy in glasses and I had a big crush on her – though I didn’t stand a chance. My sister used to go and do what she wanted when we got to the skating rink and I would spend the afternoon swooning over this girl Jane.

A few years later, when I was sixteen, I had my first relationship with a girl called Helen.

It had just started to cool off a bit when I discovered that the blonde girl from Queensway had moved in just around the corner from my school. She had moved in right next to where I used to stand and wait for my next-door neighbor, who used to give me a lift home from school. And one day I saw her walk down the path next to me and I thought – now where did SHE come from? She didn’t know it was me. It was a few years later and I looked a lot different. Then we played a school disco with The Executive and she saw me singing and decided she fancied me. By this time she was that much older and a big buxom thing – and eventually I started seeing her. She invited me in one day when I was waiting for my lift and I was … in heaven.”

Michael observed that after he stopped wearing glasses, he began getting invited to parties.

“And the girl who didn’t even see me when I was twelve invited me in. 

So I went out with her for a couple of months but I didn’t stop seeing Helen. I thought I was being smart – I had gone from being a total loser to being a two-timer. And I remember my sisters used to give me a hard time because they found out and they really liked the first girl. The whole idea of “Careless Whisper” was the first girl finding out about the second – which she never did. But I started another relationship with a girl called Alexis without finishing the one with Jane. It all got a bit complicated. Jane found out about her and got rid of me … The whole time I thought I was being cool, being this two-timer, but there really wasn’t that much emotion involved. I did feel guilty about the first girl – and I have seen her since – and the idea of the song was about her. “Careless Whisper” was us dancing, because we danced a lot, and the idea was – we are dancing … but she knows … and it’s finished.”

Interestingly, one source I checked said that the whole story related above was made up, but yet … it’s in his autobiography, so I’m confused.  But at any rate … it’s a good song, and I especially love the saxophone riff!

Careless Whisper
George Michael

I feel so unsure
As I take your hand and lead you to the dance floor
As the music dies, something in your eyes
Calls to mind the silver screen
And all its sad good-byes

I’m never gonna dance again
Guilty feet have got no rhythm
Though it’s easy to pretend
I know you’re not a fool

Should’ve known better than to cheat a friend
And waste the chance that I’ve been given
So I’m never gonna dance again
The way I danced with you

Time can never mend
The careless whispers of a good friend
To the heart and mind
Ignorance is kind
There’s no comfort in the truth
Pain is all you’ll find

I’m never gonna dance again
Guilty feet have got no rhythm
Though it’s easy to pretend
I know you’re not a fool

I should’ve known better than to cheat a friend
And waste the chance that I’ve been given
So I’m never gonna dance again
The way I danced with you

Never without your love

Tonight the music seems so loud
I wish that we could lose this crowd
Maybe it’s better this way
We’d hurt each other with the things we’d want to say

We could have been so good together
We could have lived this dance forever
But no one’s gonna dance with me
Please stay

And I’m never gonna dance again
Guilty feet have got no rhythm
Though it’s easy to pretend
I know you’re not a fool

Should’ve known better than to cheat a friend
And waste the chance that I’ve been given
So I’m never gonna dance again
The way I danced with you

Now that you’re gone
(Now that you’re gone) What I did’s so wrong, so wrong
That you had to leave me alone

Songwriters: Andrew J. Ridgeley / George Michael
Careless Whisper lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc

♫ 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

♫ Careless Whisper ♫

I keep a list of songs I might want to post, sometimes of ones that readers have mentioned as being ones they like, or just ones that I think about and would like to post in the future.  So, tonight I went to the list and found “Careless Whisper — George Michael”.  Okay … Google that, and I come up with Careless Whisper by … WHAM!  Try again … still no version by ‘George Michael’.  Daughter Chris, my music expert, had just gone to bed, so I texted her:

“Is George Michael and WHAM the same thing?”

She responds:

“Sort of.  George Michael was the singer for WHAM!.  That was a funny question.” 

So then I had to trudge up the stairs to ‘splain why I asked.  Now that is straightened out, let’s get down to business.

This song, released in July 1984, was George Michael’s first solo single, although he was still performing in Wham! at the time (the song is included on Wham!’s album Make It Big).  It was released as a single and became a huge commercial success on both sides of the Atlantic and on both sides of the Pacific. It reached number one in nearly 25 countries, selling about 6 million copies worldwide—2 million of them in the United States.

The song was written by George Michael and the other half of WHAM!, Andrew Ridgeley when they were only seventeen!  According to George Michael’s autobiography …

“When I was twelve, thirteen, I used to have to chaperone my sister, who was two years older, to an ice rink at Queensway in London. There was a girl there with long blond hair whose name was Jane. I was a fat boy in glasses and I had a big crush on her – though I didn’t stand a chance. My sister used to go and do what she wanted when we got to the skating rink and I would spend the afternoon swooning over this girl Jane.

A few years later, when I was sixteen, I had my first relationship with a girl called Helen.

It had just started to cool off a bit when I discovered that the blonde girl from Queensway had moved in just around the corner from my school. She had moved in right next to where I used to stand and wait for my next-door neighbor, who used to give me a lift home from school. And one day I saw her walk down the path next to me and I thought – now where did SHE come from? She didn’t know it was me. It was a few years later and I looked a lot different. Then we played a school disco with The Executive and she saw me singing and decided she fancied me. By this time she was that much older and a big buxom thing – and eventually I started seeing her. She invited me in one day when I was waiting for my lift and I was … in heaven.”

Michael observed that after he stopped wearing glasses, he began getting invited to parties.

“And the girl who didn’t even see me when I was twelve invited me in. 

So I went out with her for a couple of months but I didn’t stop seeing Helen. I thought I was being smart – I had gone from being a total loser to being a two-timer. And I remember my sisters used to give me a hard time because they found out and they really liked the first girl. The whole idea of “Careless Whisper” was the first girl finding out about the second – which she never did. But I started another relationship with a girl called Alexis without finishing the one with Jane. It all got a bit complicated. Jane found out about her and got rid of me … The whole time I thought I was being cool, being this two-timer, but there really wasn’t that much emotion involved. I did feel guilty about the first girl – and I have seen her since – and the idea of the song was about her. “Careless Whisper” was us dancing, because we danced a lot, and the idea was – we are dancing … but she knows … and it’s finished.”

Interestingly, one source I checked said that the whole story related above was made up, but yet … it’s in his autobiography, so I’m confused.  But at any rate … it’s a good song, and I especially love the saxophone riff!

Careless Whisper
George Michael

I feel so unsure
As I take your hand and lead you to the dance floor
As the music dies, something in your eyes
Calls to mind the silver screen
And all its sad good-byes

I’m never gonna dance again
Guilty feet have got no rhythm
Though it’s easy to pretend
I know you’re not a fool

Should’ve known better than to cheat a friend
And waste the chance that I’ve been given
So I’m never gonna dance again
The way I danced with you

Time can never mend
The careless whispers of a good friend
To the heart and mind
Ignorance is kind
There’s no comfort in the truth
Pain is all you’ll find

I’m never gonna dance again
Guilty feet have got no rhythm
Though it’s easy to pretend
I know you’re not a fool

I should’ve known better than to cheat a friend
And waste the chance that I’ve been given
So I’m never gonna dance again
The way I danced with you

Never without your love

Tonight the music seems so loud
I wish that we could lose this crowd
Maybe it’s better this way
We’d hurt each other with the things we’d want to say

We could have been so good together
We could have lived this dance forever
But no one’s gonna dance with me
Please stay

And I’m never gonna dance again
Guilty feet have got no rhythm
Though it’s easy to pretend
I know you’re not a fool

Should’ve known better than to cheat a friend
And waste the chance that I’ve been given
So I’m never gonna dance again
The way I danced with you

Now that you’re gone
(Now that you’re gone) What I did’s so wrong, so wrong
That you had to leave me alone

Songwriters: Andrew J. Ridgeley / George Michael
Careless Whisper lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc