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Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want on Wikipedia
"Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want"
Song by The Smiths
Released20 August 1984 (1984-08-20)
A-side"William, It Was Really Nothing"
RecordedJam Studios, July 1984[1]
GenreIndie pop, alternative rock
LabelRough Trade
Writer(s)Johnny Marr, Morrissey
Producer(s)John 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, Rob Dickinson, Emilie Autumn, Amanda Palmer, Hootie & the Blowfish, Muse, Cameo, Kaia Wilson, Third Eye Blind, Kate Walsh, The Dream Academy, Josh Rouse, She & Him, Slow Moving Millie, William Fitzsimmons and Sarah Darling, also, the chorus has been featured in a The Weeknd hook. 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". Canadian PBR&B singer The Weeknd sampled the song's chorus for the bridge for his song "Enemy". The song has become one of the most well known Smiths songs despite it only being a B-Side and it is often played by Morrissey during shows.

It is included in the soundtracks of the films Pretty in Pink, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Starter for 10, and (500) Days of Summer 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.


  • 1 The Dream Academy cover version
    • 1.1 Track listing
    • 1.2 Chart performance
  • 2 Slow Moving Millie cover version
    • 2.1 Music video
    • 2.2 Track listing
    • 2.3 Chart performance
    • 2.4 Release history
  • 3 Other cover versions
  • 4 References
  • 5 External links

The Dream Academy cover version

"Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want"
Single by The Dream Academy
FormatVinyl record (7" and 12"), cassette tape and CD
LabelBlanco y Negro
Writer(s)Johnny Marr, Morrissey
Producer(s)David Gilmour and Nick Laird-Clowes
The Dream Academy singles chronology

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 another 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. The instrumental version of "Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want" has been played during The Weather Channel's Local on the 8's.

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)

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
LabelIsland Records
Writer(s)Johnny Marr, Morrissey
Slow Moving Millie singles chronology

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.[3] 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.[4]

Other cover versions

  • A cover by Kirsty MacColl was included as a bonus track on the CD reissue of her 1989 album Kite.
  • A cover by Hootie and the Blowfish was included on their 2000 covers album Scattered, Smothered and Covered
  • A cover by Elefant was included on the soundtrack for the 2005 Disney superhero movie Sky High.
  • A cover by She & Him (Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward) was included with the original version by The Smiths on the soundtrack for the 2009 movie (500) Days of Summer in which Deschanel starred.
  • A cover by Deftones was included on their 2005 compilation B-Sides & Rarities.
  • A cover by Clayhill was included on the soundtrack for the 2007 film This is England.
  • A cover by SIANspheric, on the album The Sound of the Colour of the Sun, appears as an uncredited track, beginning at 3:38 of track 6: "Radiodiffusion".
  • A cover by Muse was included as a B-side on their 2001 single "Feeling Good"/"Hyper Music".
  • A cover by Brazilian folk duo Agridoce (Pitty and Martin) was included on their self-titled debut album.
  • A cover by Rob Dickinson was released as a single.
  • The song is covered briefly in R&B singer, The Weeknd's track "Enemy."
  • A cover by Starflyer 59 was included on their 2009 compilation album, "Ghosts of the Past".
  • A cover by electro-pop act Official Version was included on their 2011 album "Everything"[6][better source needed].


  1. ^ "Smiths, The - William, It Was Really Nothing (Vinyl)". Discogs. Retrieved 2010-09-12. 
  2. ^ "Chart Stats - Dream Academy - Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want". Archived from the original on 2012-08-27. Retrieved 2010-09-12. 
  3. ^ Renditions: Slow Moving Millie: Music
  4. ^ Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want on YouTube
  5. ^ "Archive Chart: 2011-12-10" UK Singles Chart.
  6. ^ Michael Jason Allen

External links

  • Lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics

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