Radio 53, side A, track 2: “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go” by Wham!, #58 on The Top 90 of the ’80s

Wham! - Wake Me Up Before You Go-GoOh, Wham!, there’s a reason you have an exclamation point in your name since you are AWESOME!  If it’s a miracle I didn’t wear out this tape because of the last song, it’s even moreso because as much as I listened to “Sara”, I probably listened to this one even a million more times than that.  I don’t think I can overstate how much I loved this song, Wham!.  I don’t know if when I recorded this song it was the first time that I heard it, but I do know how excited I was to have recorded it because it’s so damn amazing.  Before there was such a thing as dancing the Carlton, I was dancing the Carlton in my bedroom every time I listened to this.  I probably got yelled at a lot for doing that, too, Wham!, since my bedroom was right above the kitchen and we lived in an old house and you could hear every footstep and creaking board, so you can imagine what it sounded like sitting below an uncoordinated 14-year-old flailing around in joyous glee to one of the greatest songs to ever be played on the radio.  There may be a few songs that showed up on this countdown where I wasn’t sure if it truly deserved to be there or not, but this is not one of those songs.  If the top 10 ended up being this song played on repeat for 10 times, I would have totally agreed.  I love you so much, Wham!  Exclamation point.

“Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go”

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You put the boom-boom into my heart

You send my soul sky-high when ya lovin’ starts

Jitterbug into my brain (yeah, yeah)
Goes bang-bang-bang ’til my feet do the same

Somethin’s buggin’ me
Somethin’ ain’t right
My best friend told me whatchoo did last night
Left me sleepin’
In my bed
I was dreamin’ but I should’a been with you instead
Wake me up
Before ya go-go
Don’t leave me hangin’ on like a yo-yo
Wake me up
Before ya go-go
Don’t wanna miss it when you hit that high

Wake me up
Before ya go-go
‘Cause I’m not plannin’ on goin’ solo
Wake me up
Before ya go-go ah
Take me dancin’ toniiiiiight

I wanna hit that hiiiiiiiiiigh, yeah yeah

You get the gray skies outta my way (oo oo)
You make the sun shine brighter than Doris Day, ya 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
It makes me crazy when you act so cruel
Come on, baby
Let’s not fight
We’ll go dancin’, everything will be all right

Wake me up
Before ya go-go
Don’t leave me hangin’ on like a yo-yo
Wake me up
Before ya go-go
Don’t wanna miss it when ya hit that high

Wake me up
Before ya go-go
‘Cause I’m not plannin’ on goin’ solo
Wake me up
Before ya go-go ah
Take me dancin’ toniiiiiight

I wanna hit that hiiiiiiiiiigh, yeah yeah yeah baby

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Woo! (Jitterbug)

<awesome Wham! jam>

Cuddle up, baby
Move in tight
We’ll go dancin’ tomorrow night
It’s cold out there, but it’s warm in bed
They can dance
We’ll stay home insteeeeeead

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Wake me up
Before ya go-go
Don’t leave me hangin’ on like a yo-yo
Wake me up
Before ya go-go
Don’t wanna miss it when ya hit that high

Wake me up
Before ya go-go
‘Cause I’m not plannin’ on goin’ solo
Wake me up
Before ya go-go ah
Take me dancin’ tonight
Wake me up
Before ya go-go
Don’t leave me hangin’ on like a yo-yo
Wake me up
Before ya go-go
Don’t wanna miss it when ya hit that high

Wake me up
Before ya go-go
‘Cause I’m not plannin’ on goin’ solo
Wake me up
Before ya go-go
Yeah yeah yeeeeeeah

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5 thoughts on “Radio 53, side A, track 2: “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go” by Wham!, #58 on The Top 90 of the ’80s

  1. danaegibson says:

    Earlier this morning I heard Careless Whisper on the radio and confessed to my girlfriend that it took me a while to hear the “guilty feet” lyric correctly. Mostly because I didn’t love the song … but oh, how I love this song. I danced (let’s call it dancing) to it a lot the summer Wake Me Up and I came out. Still makes me smile. Jitterbug.

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    • Starstorm says:

      What did you think the lyrics were? Or you can wait to answer that because I think “Careless Whisper” is going to show up on here pretty soon. Glad I could help bring a smile to your face today 🙂

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