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"Wake Up" is a song by Colin Moulding. It appeared on and was released as a single for the 1984 album The Big Express.

The home demo appeared on the 2002 Coat of Many Cupboards box set.

Single tracklistingEdit

7" singleEdit

  1. A-side: "Wake Up (edit)"
  2. B-side 1: "Take This Town" (Andy Partridge)
  3. B-side 2: "Mantis on Parole (Homo Safari No. 4) (Partridge)

12" singleEdit

  1. A-side 1: "Wake Up"
  2. A-side 2: "Take This Town"
  3. A-side 3: "Mantis on Parole (Homo Safari No. 4)"
  4. B-side 1: "Making Plans for Nigel"
  5. B-side 2: "Sgt. Rock (Is Going to Help Me) (edit)" (Partridge)
  6. B-side 3: "Senses Working Overtime (edit)" (Partridge)

QuotesEdit

Colin: “I'm responsible, but it's not much of a song.” Andy: “Great intro, though.” Dave: “Syncopated intro.” Andy: “It was on the jukebox in Eastenders.”

Colin (on the home demo): “Mechanically played guitars symbolise day job monotony. Same faces, early mornings, people yawning into closed fists. Wake up to life...you get the picture.

“Last verse sees me being first at the scene of an accident, a recurring dream for many years. We live on a busy road, so I lay in bed and wait for the bang. Must remember to pull that pillow over my head tonight. The Big Express recording of this, is much embellished, producer David Lord takes the song to the Albert Hall and back. I, not knowing what to do with it, take this version to Hook Village Hall.”

Andy (on the home demo): “Colin arrived on my doorstep one day with a grubby cassette in his mitts to announce ‘I've got a new song’. I was excited, so we went into my front room and put it on straight away. I fell in love with those twin chopping guitars, snapping across each other like a pair of quarrelsome Jack Russells. That ‘missing beat’ drum rhythm was great too. I love the competition, nothing makes me write faster than Colin appearing with a new tune, it's always inspirational. But that aside, what a great opener for the new album this would make.”

LyricsEdit

You put your cleanest dirty shirt on

Then you stagger down to meet the dawn

You take a ride upon a bus, it's just a fuss

You know it keeps you born

You get to know a morning face

You get to join the human race

You get to know the world

Has passed you by


Who cares? You might be dead

Who cares? You stayed in bed

Who cares? You wrote the note

Who cares? You might have spoke


Wake up!


You take a snack to fill the gap

And then you're ready for another shift

Your attention was diverted

By the girl who smiled and made the lift

The radio is blaring out

It's in one ear and then it's out

You didn't notice that the record's over


Who cares? You might be dead

Who cares? You stayed in bed

Who cares? You wrote the note

Who cares? You might have spoke


Wake up!


In the road a crowd had gathered

And a man was close to dead

The blood is running down the gutter

While you're yawning, nothing's said

His body's wriggling like an eel

They got no sense, no touch, no feel

Somebody better go and get a blanket


Who cares? You might be dead

Who cares? You stayed in bed

Who cares? You wrote the note

Who cares? You might have spoke


Who cares?

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