Do I Wanna Know?
Do I Wanna Know?

Arctic Monkeys - Do I Wanna Know? Lyrics

"Ah, the classic tale of unrequited love and late-night longing, served up Arctic Monkeys style. Our protagonist is stuck in a loop of 'should I or shouldn't I?' He's got it bad for someone who may or may not share his feelings. He's dreaming about them,… Read more

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Do I Wanna Know? Lyrics

Have you got color in your cheeks?
Do you ever get that fear that you can't shift the type
That sticks around like summat in your teeth?
Are there some aces up your sleeve?
Have you no idea that you're in deep?
I've dreamt about you nearly every night this week
How many secrets can you keep?
'Cause there's this tune I found
That makes me think of you somehow and I play it on repeat
Until I fall asleep, spillin' drinks on my settee

(Do I wanna know?) If this feelin' flows both ways?
(Sad to see you go) was sorta hopin' that you'd stay
(Baby, we both know) that the nights were mainly made
For sayin' things that you can't say tomorrow day

Crawlin' back to you
Ever thought of callin' when
You've had a few?
'Cause I always do
Maybe I'm too
Busy bein' yours
To fall for somebody new
Now, I've thought it through
Crawlin' back to you

So have you got the guts?
Been wonderin' if your heart's still open
And if so, I wanna know what time it shuts
Simmer down an' pucker up, I'm sorry to interrupt
It's just I'm constantly on the cusp of tryin' to kiss you
I don't know if you feel the same as I do
But we could be together if you wanted to

(Do I wanna know?) If this feelin' flows both ways?
(Sad to see you go) was sorta hopin' that you'd stay
(Baby, we both know) that the nights were mainly made
For sayin' things that you can't say tomorrow day

Crawlin' back to you (crawlin' back to you)
Ever thought of callin' when
You've had a few? (You've had a few)
'Cause I always do ('cause I always do)
Maybe I'm too (maybe I'm too busy)
Busy bein' yours (bein' yours)
To fall for somebody new
Now, I've thought it through
Crawlin' back to you

(Do I wanna know?) If this feelin' flows both ways?
(Sad to see you go) was sorta hopin' that you'd stay
(Baby, we both know) that the nights were mainly made
For sayin' things that you can't say tomorrow day
(Do I wanna know?) Too busy bein' yours to fall
(Sad to see you go) ever thought of callin', darlin'?
(Do I wanna know?) Do you want me crawlin' back to you?

Writer(s): Alex Turner
Copyright(s): Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
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What is the Meaning of Do I Wanna Know??

"Ah, the classic tale of unrequited love and late-night longing, served up Arctic Monkeys style. Our protagonist is stuck in a loop of 'should I or shouldn't I?' He's got it bad for someone who may or may not share his feelings. He's dreaming about them, playing songs that remind him of them on repeat, and spilling drinks on his couch (probably due to the aforementioned dreaming and song-playing). He's hoping they'll stick around, but he's also wondering if they're keeping secrets from him. The nights are for saying things you can't say in the light of day - like admitting you want more than friendship. But alas! He's too busy being infatuated with this person to fall for anyone new. It's a merry-go-round of romantic angst and uncertainty - all set to a catchy beat."

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. When and where was 'Do I Wanna Know?' first debuted live?

    'Do I Wanna Know?' was first played live by the Arctic Monkeys on May 22, 2013 in Ventura, California at the start of their AM Tour. It was often played as the opening number throughout the tour.

  2. What musical influences can be heard in 'Do I Wanna Know?'

    'Do I Wanna Know?' channels late-'60s and early-'70s Psychedelic Rock with its guitar riffs, vintage fuzz distortion, and concentrated tremolo effect. However, it also has modern influences like the electronic quality of the drum processing and Turner's unique, unpredictable vocal delivery.

  3. Who directed the music video for 'Do I Wanna Know?'

    The music video for 'Do I Wanna Know?' was directed by David Wilson with animation agency Blinkink. The video is inspired by risqué cartoonist Vince Collins and features a variety of fast-moving line-drawing animations that morph between different images.

  4. Who were originally asked to do backing vocals for 'Do I Wanna Know'?

    Californian female trio Haim were originally asked to provide backing vocals for 'Do I Wanna Know?'. However, they couldn't spare the time as they needed to finish their debut album. Instead, Alex Turner, guitarist Jamie Cook and drummer Nick Helders did their own backing vocals for the song.

  5. How successful was 'Do I Wanna Know?' on music charts?

    'Do I Wanna Know?' debuted at #11 on the UK Singles Chart, making it Arctic Monkey's highest-charting single since 'Fluorescent Adolescent' in 2007. It has spent 65 weeks in the UK top 100 - the longest run of any Arctic Monkeys single to date. As of 2024, it is certified quintuple-platinum in the UK.

  6. What musical instruments were used in the recording of 'Do I Wanna Know?'

    The song's riff was written on Alex Turner's 12-string Vox guitar. This particular guitar had built-in effects that contributed to the unique sound of the song. In live performances, Turner uses a Vox 12-string electric guitar.

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