The song Do I Wanna Know by Arctic Monkeys has earned enormous popularity all over the world thanks to its combination of melody and lyrics, which can be relevant for each of us at different periods of life. The song was released in 2013 as a single from the band’s fifth studio album.
A music video was released for the song. It first shows sound waves synchronized with the sound of the composition. Then these waves begin to transform into various images. This includes animated images of various women.
The track was appreciated by listeners and critics. Thus, it rose to 1st place on the American Billboard chart, and reached 2nd place on the British UK Indie Chart. Although the translation of the song can be easily found on the Internet, the meaning of the track is still not clear to everyone. What exactly is sung about in this truly legendary composition? Let’s figure it out together!
About the artist
The Arctic Monkeys band was founded in 2002 in Sheffield (UK) and performs songs in the indie rock genre. Over more than twenty years of its existence, the band has released seven studio albums. They are known as one of the first groups to achieve a high level of popularity without the help of the media. The group, despite its enormous success, never collaborated with a major label.
The history of the group began when two young neighbors, Jamie Cook and Alex Turner, asked their parents to give them a musical instrument. They were given electric guitars and, having mastered the basic principles of playing them, the guys decided to try themselves as members of a musical group. They invited their school friends: bassist Andy Nicholson and drummer Matt Helders. The name was invented by Cook: according to him, from an early age he wanted to found a group that would be called that way.
The musical style, while remaining within the framework of indie rock, changes noticeably with each album. The exact genre, due to the wide variety of sound shades, is very difficult to determine. Many of the songs explore serious social issues; There are also many compositions dedicated to the theme of love.
The meaning of the song
At the beginning of the track, the hero asks his beloved (it is impossible to understand whether she is his girlfriend) if she feels something special for him. He himself understands that, most likely, his love is not mutual. But hope, as they say, dies last. The man escapes into the world of his thoughts, filled with suffering about the beautiful lady.
Suffering has completely consumed him, and he is not trying to get out of this state. On the contrary, he abuses alcohol and listens to a song over and over again that reminds him of his beloved. Sometimes this happens: instead of talking to someone and trying to resolve the situation constructively, we become completely immersed in sadness, melancholy and apathy. And perhaps no one has the right to condemn a person for this.
The hero is inactive, apparently, out of fear of learning the bitter truth. “Do I want to know if this feeling is mutual?” he asks himself, deep down realizing that the chance of reciprocity is negligible. He can ask her directly, but he delays this moment, giving himself time to live in painful and at the same time at least slightly comforting illusions.
The guy himself understands perfectly well that he has become a hostage to his own thoughts. He could pay attention to other girls and distract himself from painful love, but he is too preoccupied with emotions about non-reciprocal feelings. The girl does not take any action. She accepts his advances and at the same time keeps the lover at arm’s length. This manipulation occurs quite often: realizing that they are in love with him, a person pretends not to notice anything. Perhaps the girl likes this kind of attention. Or perhaps she cannot reciprocate yet, but does not want to lose sight of him. There can be many reasons.
This feeling of uncertainty is very hurtful. This song describes a very “classic” situation: one person is in love and is afraid to hear about the lack of reciprocity, and the other can neither reject the lover nor respond in kind. One thing is for sure: in such cases it is worth plucking up the courage and having a heart-to-heart talk. It is better to hear the cruel truth once and not torment yourself with guesses than to suffer for a long time. But even if the hero understands this, he cannot accept it yet. It is easier for him to indulge in some kind of pleasant suffering. He is still not sure whether he would like to know the truth, whatever it may be.
The song “Do I Wanna Know?” is dedicated to the ever-relevant topic of romantic relationships between a man and a woman. The hero of the song does not know whether his feelings are mutual. This is the leitmotif of the composition. This feeling is familiar to many of us: when we first meet the person we like, sometimes we can only wonder whether we will receive reciprocity. And sometimes it’s difficult to understand whether your partner still has the same feelings. The only way out of the situation is to ask the person directly, without tormenting yourself with empty doubts. After all, life goes on anyway!