Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want

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"Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want"
Song by The Smiths
Released20 August 1984 (1984-08-20)
RecordedJam Studios, July 1984[1]
GenreAlternative rock
Length1:50
LabelRough Trade
WriterJohnny Marr
Morrissey
ProducerJohn Porter
 
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"Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want"
Song by The Smiths
Released20 August 1984 (1984-08-20)
RecordedJam Studios, July 1984[1]
GenreAlternative rock
Length1:50
LabelRough Trade
WriterJohnny Marr
Morrissey
ProducerJohn Porter

"Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want" is a song originally performed by British group The Smiths. It was released as the B-side of "William, It Was Really Nothing" in 1984 and later featured on the compilation albums Hatful of Hollow and Louder Than Bombs. The song has been covered by several artists, including The Decemberists, The Halo Benders, Franz Ferdinand, Elefant, OK Go, Deftones, Emilie Autumn, Amanda Palmer, Hootie & the Blowfish, Muse, Kaia Wilson, Third Eye Blind, Kate Walsh, The Dream Academy, Josh Rouse, She & Him, Slow Moving Millie and William Fitzsimmons. British band Clayhill have covered the song and their version can be heard at the end of the Shane Meadows film This Is England. Canadian electronic artist Venetian Snares also sampled the original song in "Nobody Really Understands Anybody".

It is included in the soundtracks of the movies Pretty in Pink, Starter for 10, (500) Days of Summer, and Ferris Bueller's Day Off, as well as in the Christmas special finale of UK TV show Extras, which was broadcast in the UK on 27 December 2007. It also appears in the prom scene in the film Never Been Kissed but was not included on the official soundtrack. The song is also the intro and closing song for Wednesdays with Reda on The Berrics. British department store John Lewis used the song sung by Slow Moving Millie in their Christmas 2011 advertising campaign.

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Morrissey

Morrissey, former lead singer for The Smiths who originally performed the song, has played this song in his live concerts on various occasions, with a sole altered lyric. He has been known to break down visibly during the mandolin solo.[2][3]

The Dream Academy cover version

"Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want"
Single by The Dream Academy
Released1985 (UK)
FormatVinyl record (7" and 12"), cassette tape and CD
Recorded1984
GenreRock
Length3:09
LabelBlanco y Negro
ProducerDavid Gilmour and Nick Laird-Clowes
The Dream Academy singles chronology
"The Love Parade"
(1986)
"Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want"
(1986)
"Indian Summer"
(1987)

The Dream Academy covered "Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want" in 1984. This version peaked at #83 in the UK Singles Chart. The instrumental version of the song is the better known cover version, since it was used in the film Ferris Bueller's Day Off (during the Art Institute scene) along with an other Dream Academy song "The Edge of Forever". A similar (but vocal) single later appeared on the compilation album, Somewhere in the Sun... Best of the Dream Academy as well as the "Boutique Chill" album of various artists from 2005.

Track listing

Version one

  1. "Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want"
  2. "In Places on the Run"

Version two

  1. "Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want"
  2. "The Party" (acoustic)
  3. "Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want" (instrumental)
  4. "In Places on the Run" (edit)

Chart performance

Charts (1985)Peak
position
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company)[4]83

Slow Moving Millie cover version

"Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want"
Single by Slow Moving Millie
from the album Renditions
Released11 November 2011
FormatDigital download
Recorded2011
GenreAlternative
Length3:09
LabelIsland Records
Slow Moving Millie singles chronology
"Beasts"
(2009)
"Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want"
(2011)

English actress and songwriter Slow Moving Millie released a cover version of the song, it was released on 11 November 2011 as a Digital download from her upcoming debut studio album Renditions[5]. The song was selected as the soundtrack to the John Lewis 2011 Christmas advertisement.

Music video

A music video to accompany the release of "Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want" was first released onto YouTube on 11 November 2011 at a total length of three minutes and six seconds.[6]

Track listing

Digital download
No.TitleLength
1."Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want"  2:51

Chart performance

Charts (2011)Peak
position
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[7]31

Release history

RegionDateFormatLabel
United Kingdom11 November 2011Digital DownloadIsland Records

Other cover versions

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