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Wake Me Up
Song

Wake Me Up

Avicii
Album:
True

Song Meaning and Background of Wake Me Up by Avicii


Avicii said about the song: "I had a demo with Mac Davis singing, the guy who wrote some songs that were covered by Elvis Presley, but I needed another singer to do the parts. At the same time I was tipped off about doing another track with Aloe Blacc, and I started working on that track. When I was with Mike Einziger from Incubus, we came up with the chord progression and the melody for 'Wake Me Up!' but no real lyrics. None of us sing and we really needed to get that demo down and the only person I knew that lived in LA was Aloe, so I called him and he was free. Lyrics come really easy to him so he wrote them in a couple of hours and we finished the track."


Aloe Blacc, who is not credited on the track, explained to The Huffington Post: "I started writing the lyrics at the top of 2013, travelling back from Switzerland. I started in hip hop music back in the 90s and I never expected to be singing and have an actual career as a musician, but I'm travelling all over the world and I thought 'Life is a dream, wake me up when it's all over'. I was invited to the studio with Avicii and Mike Einziger from Incubus, and when I got to the studio they had already come up with a chord progression of the song. I came in with the lyrics and I just developed the melody as I heard the chords, and we all thought it was something very strong. We finished the song that night as an acoustic version, then Avicii made the dance mix in a couple of days, and that's what we released to the world, and that was his release." Blacc later released an acoustic version of the song.


The song has reached the top spot in 22 nations, including Australia, New Zealand, Hungary, Ireland, the United Kingdom, and other European nations. It has also peaked at number one in six additional nations. Wake Me Up! did successful in the North American music markets, reaching its apex at positions two and four, respectively, in Canada and the United States.


Lyrics of Wake Me Up by Avicii


Feeling my way through the darkness

Guided by a beating heart

I can't tell where the journey will end

But I know where to start

 

They tell me I'm too young to understand

They say I'm caught up in a dream

Well life will pass me by if I don't open up my eyes

Well that's fine by me

 

[2x]

So wake me up when it's all over

When I'm wiser and I'm older

All this time I was finding myself

And I didn't know I was lost

 

I tried carrying the weight of the world

But I only have two hands

Hope I get the chance to travel the world

But I don't have any plans

 

Wish that I could stay forever this young

Not afraid to close my eyes

Life's a game made for everyone

And love is the prize

 

[2x]

So wake me up when it's all over

When I'm wiser and I'm older

All this time I was finding myself

And I didn't know I was lost

 

Didn't know I was lost

I didn't know I was lost

I didn't know I was lost

I didn't know (didn't know, didn't know)

Release Date

2013

Songwriter/s

Tim Bergling, Egbert Dawkins, Mike Einziger

Producer/s

Avicii, Arash Pournouri

Label/s

PRMD, Lava, Columbia

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