Find Out What "Do I Wanna Know?" by Arctic Monkeys Really Means

We deCODED the new lyrics from the ACL festival performers...



This Friday, October 11th, critically-acclaimed rock band Arctic Monkeys will be playing their second weekend in a row gig at the 2013 ACL Festival, and fans are excited. The band's newest album, AM, has been a favorite on our site for weeks, so we thought it would be fitting to deCODE the record's hot-and-bothered first single, "Do I Wanna Know?". Follow along with us as we break down the lyrics:

Have you got color in your cheeks
Do you ever get the feeling that you can't shift the tide
That sticks around like something's in your teeth
And some aces up your sleeve


"Do I Wanna Know?"'s first stanza delves right into a whole bunch of metaphors. From this cluster of lines, we can tell that lead singer Alex Turner is subtly flirting with the object of his desires. He's telling her that simply from interacting with one another, she's blushing, and that feeling of attraction is something inevitable (like the tide), and it feels like she can't quite get him out of her hair.

I had no idea that you're in deep
I dreamt about you near me every night this week
How many secrets can you keep
'Cause there's this tune I found that makes me think of you somehow
When I play it on repeat
Until I fall asleep
Spilling drinks on my settee


He didn't realize that she was in as far deep as he was when it came to their attraction, and it's not clear if he's admitting it to her or just thinking in his head, but there's a song he listens to as he falls asleep that makes him think of her. But we do know that he's a little inebriated when he nods thinking about her: him spilling on his settee suggests he's passing out on his couch with a drink in hand!

(Do I wanna know?)
If this feeling flows both ways
(Sad to see you go)
Was sorta hoping that you'd stay
(Baby we both know)
That the nights were mainly made for saying
Things that you can't say tomorrow day
Crawling back to you


It sounds like Alex is nervous whether or not this girl he fancies feels the same way about him. Even though he claimed to be able to see their mutual attraction, maybe they're bad for one another. But he admits his true feelings anyways, mainly due to him being under the influence.

Ever thought of calling when you've had a few?
'Cause I always do
Maybe I'm too busy being yours to fall for somebody new
Now I've thought it through
Crawling back to you


It now looks like Alex and this girl have a history together, and with the two of them still not "official", it's clear the two of them aren't meant to be. But every time he drinks, he calls her, because the feelings he has for her never really goes away. He always crawls back to her.

So have you got the guts?
Been wondering if your heart's still open and
If so I wanna know what time it shuts
Simmer down and pucker up


He dares the girl to open up and tell him her true feelings for him, finally, probably gaining more and more bravery with every drink. He wants to know if he has a chance with her, even only for tonight (while her heart's still open), and boom! Goes in for the kiss.

I'm sorry to interrupt it's just I'm constantly
on the cusp of trying to kiss you
I don't know if you feel the same as I do
But we could be together, if you wanted to


As he waits for her response, his attempt to kiss her came at an inappropriate time. He still doesn't know how she feels, but at this point in the night, Alex seems weary and a little desperate for her, and claims that the ball's in her court: if she wants them to be together, he'll jump by her side in a heartbeat.


Watch the official video for "Do I Wanna Know?" on YouTube below:



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