Savage Garden – I Want You

The elaborate metaphors that are used in Savage Garden’s “I Want You” are all meant to point to, as the title suggests, the singer’s desire for the addressee. More specifically, this is someone whom he is infatuated with romantically. Indeed he admits that he doubts if he actually needs this person. However, he is so smitten by this individual from a physical perspective that he is willing to risk an entire relationship to find out. Or stated alternatively, the addressee is someone whom he fantasizes about regularly. 

Certain lyrics can also be understood as if something romantic may have already transpired between them in the past. But for the most part, as alluded to above, this is a case of wanting someone whom at the moment he cannot have. So in addition to letting this person know how he feels, he is also assuring this individual that if given the chance he will make it worth her while.

Lyrics of "I Want You"

Facts about “I Want You”

This is the lead single from Savage Garden’s maiden album, which was also entitled “Savage Garden”. And Columbia Records released the song on 27 May 1996.

“I Want You” was an international success. For example, it topped Billboard’s US Mainstream Top 40 as well as the Canada Top Singles. It also peaked at number 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 11 in the UK (UK Singles Chart). And it reached number 4 again in Savage Garden’s homeland of Australia. And generally speaking it charted in over 15 countries and also went Gold in the United States.

“I Want You” was written by the two members of Savage Garden, Darren Hayes and Daniel Jones. And they also produced the song in conjunction with Charles Fisher.

This song samples the late James Brown’s 1976 hit “Get Up Offa That Thing”.

2 Responses

  1. Aster says:

    uhm, i dont wanna sound rude but this song isn’t heterosexual, at least, by the words of Darren Hayes who describes the song as “being in love with a male energy”. This is just my interpretation and i could be wrong.

    • Justin says:

      And sam smith sings about his love for a guy, but it’s an androgenous song that doesn’t state male or female so it can be used however you’d like. In the end it’s about loving someone you can’t have

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