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“I Want”
Upallnight
Information
Album

Up All Night

Released

November 18, 2011 (UK)
March 13, 2012 (US)

Format

Digital download, CD

Recorded

2011

Length

2:51

Writers

Tom Fletcher

Producer

Richard "Biff" Stannard and
Ash Howes

I Want is the ninth track from One Direction's debut album, Up All Night.  

Lyrically, the song describes frustration with superficial girlfriends who value possessions over love.  

Background

"I Want" was written by Tom Fletcher, and was produced by Richard "Biff" Stannard and Ash Howes. "I Want" is an uptempo pop rock song which features a prominent piano line.

The song was originally penned for Miley Cyrus, who turned it down. It was then offered to Demi Lovato and The Jonas Brothers[1].

Independent singer-songwriter Carrie Hope Fletcher also recorded a version of the song, which was uploaded to YouTube in January 2011[2].

The song is theatrical and Beatles-esque in sound, particularly the beginning staccato piano intro and the retro production of the verse and chorus.

Lyrics

[Harry]
Give you this, give you that
Blow a kiss, take it back
If I looked inside your brain
I would find lots of things
Clothes, shoes, diamond rings
Stuff that's driving me insane

You could be preoccupied
Different date every night
You just got to say the word
But you're not into them at all
You just want materials
I should know because I've heard
When girls say...

[All]
I want, I want, I want

[Louis]
But that's crazy

[All]
I want, I want, I want

[Louis]
 And that's not me

[All]
I want, I want, I want

[Louis]
To be loved by you

[Liam]
You've got everything you need
But you want accessories
Got to hold it in your hand
If I changed the world for you
I bet you wouldn't have a clue
Don't you know that I can't stand
When girls say...

[All]
I want, I want, I want

[Louis]
But that's crazy

[All]
I want, I want, I want

[Louis]
And that's not me

[All]
I want, I want, I want

[Louis]
To be loved by you

Oh, and all the girls say…

[All]
I want, I want, I want

[Louis]
 But that's crazy

[All]
I want, I want, I want

[Louis]
And that's not me

[All]
I want, I want, I want

[Louis]
To be loved by you

[Zayn]
Be loved by you
I wanna, I’ll stay true
I wonder if you knew
What you put me through
But you want, you want, you want me to love you too

[Liam]
I want, I want, I want, but that's crazy
I want, I want, I want, but that's not me
I want, I want, I wanna be loved by you

[Zayn]
Oh, and all the girls say…

[All]
I want, I want, I want, (Louis but that's crazy)
I want, I want, I want, (Niall and that's not me)
I want, I want, I want, to be loved by you
I want, I want, I want, (Harry and all the girls say)
I want, I want, I want, (Zayn and that's crazy)
I want, I want, I want, to be loved by you

References

  1. I Want History
  2. i want i want i want

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