I Want You



Lyrics

I want you
The right way
I want you
But I want you to want me too
Want you to want me baby
Just like I want you
Da da da da da da da

I'll give you all the love
I want in return
But half a love
Is all I feel
Sweet darling

It's too bad
It's just too sad
You don't want me no more
But I'm gonna change your mind
Some way, somehow

I want you
The right way
I want you
But I want you to want me too
Want you to want me baby
Just like I want you
Da da da da da da da

One way love
Is just a fantasy
To share is precious
Pure and fair

Don't play with something
You should cherish for life
Oh baby
Don't you wanna care
Ain't it lonely out there

I want you
The right way
I want you
But I want you to want me too
Want you to want me baby
Just like I want you

I want you
The right way
I want you
But I want you to want me too
Want me baby
Just like I want you
Da da da da da da da

I want you
The right way

Want me baby

Don't play with something
You should cherish for life

Credits

Written by Leon Ware and T-Boy Ross
Produced by Nellee Hooper
Featuring Massive Attack


Album


Inner City Blues, the album
Inner City Blues
Massive Attack - Collected, the album
Massive Attack - Collected

Song

When British trip-hop band Massive Attack were asked to re-interpret this 1976 Marvin Gaye mo-town track for the 1995 tribute album Inner City Blues - The music of Marvin Gaye, producer Nellee Hooper suggested to ask Madonna for the vocals. Madonna was so impressed with the result that she added the song to her ballads collection Something To Remember in both an original and an orchestral version.

The song was originally planned as the first single for both albums. However, since both albums appeared on different labels, the release plans fell through. Although Junior Vasquez made remixes of the song, they were never officially released, nor was the song promoted to radio. Consequently I Want You never got into the charts.


Video

I Want You, the video Although there wasn't a proper single release, I Want You did get a video. In August 1995, fashion photographer Earle Sebastian filmed Madonna in an apartment in New York City. In the black & white video Madonna yearns for love, hesitating to pick up the phone to call her lover. The storyline pays hommage to A Telephone Call, a short story written by American writer Dorothy Parker. 

In October 2nd 1995 the video premiered on VH1, reaching #11 on the VH1 monitor. It was never shown on MTV (though it received a nomination for MTV Amour at the 1996 EMA). Both music channels quickly forgot about I Want You when the successful You'll See was released in November.

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