“Wake Up” by Travis Scott (ft. The Weeknd)
“Wake Up” is actually a love song, albeit a provocative one that utilizes NSFW language. The title is derived from the artists ‘not wanting to wake up’. This sentiment is meant to express the fact that they do not want to get out of bed since they are sleeping next to their loved ones. Indeed rather than getting up they would rather stay in bed and enjoy their partners’ company.
You can view the lyrics, alternate interprations and sheet music for The Weeknd's Wake Up at Lyrics.org.
And although this may sound like a superficial disposition for a love song, you can tell by studying the track’s lyrics that the artists are serious about the women they are singing about. For instance, by referencing the celebrity couple “Ice-T” and “Coco” Austin, Travis Scott insinuates that he also perceives his woman as a spouse. And in the bridge, The Weeknd states that the woman he is singing to has power over his life, as she ‘decides if he lives or dies’.
So if you strip out of some of the adult language, “Wake Up” actually reads like an affectionate love song where outside of appreciating bedroom fun with their partners, the artists (particularly The Weeknd) also express an emotional dependency on their love.
Release of “Wake Up”
This collabo was originally intended to be featured on The Weeknd’s 2018 EP My Dear Melancholy. However, it actually came out as a part of Travis Scott’s critically acclaimed 2018 album Astroworld.
And it was released as the fourth single from that album on 26 March 2019.
“Wake Up” reached number one on Billboard’s US Rhythmic chart. The track also charted in these countries:
- The Netherlands
- New Zealand
Collaborations between Travis Scott and The Weeknd
The Weeknd and Travis have a pretty-extensive collaboration history, with The Weeknd having made appearances on both of Scott’s prior two albums. Moreover The Weeknd is also featured on another Astroworld track entitled “Skeletons”.