I Wanna Be Loved

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Why must I be so lonely?
When so many people pass me by
I've been waiting for oh so long now
And yet I'm unable to answer why
I can't be made to give up now
Can you find room for me in your heart somehow?

I wanna be loved
I just wanna be loved

I guess I'm a victim of loneliness
But why should this be my destiny?
A foolish man for a lot of my life
Shouldn't there be someone
Someone for me?
I hope and I pray some happy day
That I'll be around to hear you say

I wanna be loved
I just wanna be loved

I Wanna Be Loved
Written byFarnell Jenkins
Performed byElvis Costello & The Attractions
Produced byClive Langer & Alan Winstanley
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocals, guitar
Maurice Worm (a.k.a. Steve Nieve) - keyboards
Bruce Thomas - bass
Pete Thomas - drums
Gary Barnacle - saxophone
Green Gartside - vocals
see Goodbye Cruel World credits for possible additional musicians
RecordedFebruary 1984, SARM West Studios, London
ReleasedJune 18, 1984
AlbumsGoodbye Cruel World, 1984
SinglesI Wanna Be Loved, 1984 (radio version)
CollectionsThe Best Of Elvis Costello & The Attractions, 1985 (radio version)
The Man (The Best Of Elvis Costello), 1985 (album version)
The Very Best Of Elvis Costello, 1999 (album version)
Singles, Volume 3, 2003 (album version)
Various Artists collectionsDebüt Nummer 9, 1984 (1:36 sample)
PromosPunch The World, 1995
VideosThe Right Spectacle: The Very Best Of Elvis Costello - The Videos, 2005
Length4:47 (album version)
3:50 (radio version)

First known performance:
December 19, 1983, Birmingham, England
Last known performance:
2017
     (78 known performances)


Alternate versions

I Wanna Be Loved (Demo)
Performed byElvis Costello
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocal, piano
RecordedDecember 1983, Eden Studios, London
ReleasedJuly 26, 2004
AlbumsGoodbye Cruel World (Rhino/Edsel reissue), 2004
Length3:21

I Wanna Be Loved (Extended Smooch 'N' Runny Version)
Performed byElvis Costello & The Attractions
Produced byClive Langer & Alan Winstanley
Remixed byColin Fairley
ReleasedJune 1984
SinglesI Wanna Be Loved, 1984
CollectionsSingles, Volume 3, 2003
Length5:39

I Wanna Be Loved (Version Discotheque)
Performed byElvis Costello & The Attractions
Produced byClive Langer & Alan Winstanley
ReleasedJune 1984
SinglesI Wanna Be Loved, 1984
CollectionsSingles, Volume 3, 2003
Length7:04
Goodbye Cruel WorldGCW album cover large.jpg

I Wanna Be Loved singleI Wanna Be Loved UK 7" single front sleeve.jpg

I Wanna Be Loved singleI Wanna Be Loved US 7" single front sleeve.jpg

The Best Of Elvis Costello & The AttractionsBOEC album cover 200.jpg

The Man (The Best Of Elvis Costello)TMBOEC album cover 170.jpg

The Very Best Of Elvis Costello, 1999The Very Best Of Elvis Costello (2CD) album cover.jpg

Singles, Volume 3Singles Volume 3 album cover.jpg

The Right Spectacle: The Very Best Of Elvis Costello - The VideosTRS dvd cover.jpg


Recordings by other artists

 Artist  Year  Release  Links
Teacher's Edition  1973  single   available on In Perfect Harmony (Various Artists, 2003, Allmusic, Amazon AllmusicDiscogsSecondHandSongs

Chords

         EADGBe                 EADGBe
Cdim:    xx1212        Bm:      x24432
Gmaj7:   320002        Amaj7:   x02120
Gm7:     353333        Dmaj7:   x00222
Cmaj7:   x32000        C#m:     x46654
Cm:      x35543        Dm:      xx0231
F7:      131211        Esus4:   022200
G:       320003        F#m:     244222
A/G:     3x222x        A/F:     102220
D:       xx0232        E7(b9):  022131
F#m7:    242222        Dmaj9:   x5465x
D11:     x55555


Piano Demo (from Rhino bonus disc):
Cdim (bass: eb, f#, a)
 
Album Version:
Gmaj7   Gm7   Gmaj7   Gm7
 
 
Gmaj7
  Why must I be so lonely?
Gm7
  When so many people pass me by
Cmaj7                              Cm
 I've been waiting for oh so long now
                                G 
And yet I'm unable to answer why
               Gmaj7
I can't be made   to give up now
A/G                                          D
  Can you find room for me in your heart somehow?
  
D             Gmaj7
  I wanna be loved
F#m7    g  a b   f#   Cm    
I just wanna be loved
   
Piano demo:
D             Gmaj7
  I wanna be loved
F#m7    g  a b  f#   
I just wanna be loved
 
Piano demo:
Repeat intro
 
Album version:
Cm
 
 
I guess I'm a victim of loneliness
Why should this be my destiny?
A foolish man for a lot of my life
Shouldn't there be someone
Someone for me?
I hope and I pray some happy day
That I'll be around to hear you say
 
I wanna be loved
I just wanna be loved
  
Piano demo:
Repeat intro, verse 1, and chorus
 
Repeat intro, end on G
  
Album version:
Piano solo:
  Gmaj7                                 
|-2-3p2-------2-3p2------|
|-------3-0---------3-0--| 
|------------------------| x2
|------------------------| 
|------------------------| 
|------------------------| 

  Gm7
|-2-3p2-------2-3p2------2-3p2--|
|-------3-----------3----------3|
|---------3-----------3---------| etc. x2
|-------------------------------|
|-------------------------------|
|-------------------------------|
 
Repeat x2 under saxophone solo
 
Repeat verse 1 and chorus
 
Cm   D11  Bm          D11     Bm
     I    wanna be   loved

---------------------------------  
Amaj7       Dmaj7
I wanna be loved 
C#m     a  b  c# g#   Dm
I just wanna be loved
 
Esus4 Amaj7       Dmaj7
      I wanna be loved
C#m     a  b  c# g#   Dm 
I just wanna be loved
 
Esus4 Amaj7       Dmaj7
      I wanna be loved
C#m     a  b c#  bb   Dm
I just wanna be loved
--------------------------------- 
Repeat above section once
  
(In one 4/4 bar) F#m G A/F E7(b9)
 
Amaj7              Dmaj9
       I wanna be loved
 
Repeat and fade

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