"I Want You To Want Me" as written by and Rick Nielsen....
I want you to want me
I need you to need me
I'd love you to love me
I'm beggin' you to beg me
I want you to want me
I need you to need me
I'd love you to love me

I'll shine up my old brown shoes
I'll put on a brand new shirt
I'll get home early from work
If you say that you love me
Didn't I, didn't I, didn't I
See you cryin' (cryin, cryin')
Oh, didn't I, didn't I, didn't I
See you cryin' (cryin, cryin')
Feelin' all alone without a friend
You know you feel like dyin' (dyin', dyin')
Oh, didn't I, didn't I, didn't I
See you cryin' (cryin', cryin')

I want you to want me
I need you to need me
I'd love you to love me
I'm beggin' you to beg me

I'll shine up my old brown shoes
I'll put on a brand new shirt
I'll get home early from work
If you say that you love me
Didn't I, didn't I, didn't I
See you cryin' (cryin, cryin')
Oh, didn't I, didn't I, didn't I
See you cryin' (cryin, cryin')
Feelin' all alone without a friend
You know you feel like dyin' (dyin', dyin')
Oh, didn't I, didn't I, didn't I
See you cryin' (cryin', cryin')

Feelin' all alone without a friend
You know you feel like dyin' (dyin', dyin')
Oh, didn't I, didn't I, didn't I
See you cryin' (cryin', cryin')

I want you to want me
I need you to need me
I'd love you to love me
I'm beggin' you to beg me


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"I Want You to Want Me" as written by Rick Nielsen

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  • +3
    Song MeaningI think the meaning is fairly obvious, but I just want to say more specifically that this song is about a guy who wants a girl to like him as much as he likes her. He wants her to have the same degree of passion and intense feelings that he does. There's always a parallel between the way he feels and what he wants her to feel. The intensity increases from want to need, love, and even begging. He doesn't just want to win the girl over, he wants her to be in love with him. A simple and straightforward meaning.

    I imagine that this girl is someone lofty and seemingly unattainable. Maybe she doesn't show much interest in him and she puts on a tough exterior. When he asks "didn't I see you crying" it's almost like he's spotted a chink in her armor and can now see that she has a more vulnerable side to her after all, and perhaps there is room in her heart to have those same sort of feelings for him.
    Androcleson September 08, 2009   Link
  • +3
    General CommentThis just proves you don't need all types of fancy words to express your love.

    I want you to want me,
    I need you to need me,
    I'd love you to love me,
    and I'm beggin' you to beg me.

    Simple :)
    HelpYourselfon April 06, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General Commentthis is the best song. ever.

    or not, but it's really really fun to rock out to in your dorm room. heh.
    gleebson January 08, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe crowd in Cheap Trick's live version is repeating the word "cryin'". On the origianal studio version which had a honky tonk feel to it the "cryin" lyric was echoed so the crowd is reproducing the "missing" echo.
    Finnaganon June 23, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti Love this song...it's real sweet!
    CareBearon March 02, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentTHE BEST american rock song, ever. period.
    chompyon April 17, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this song the NOFX cover is so great
    morningstar44on May 01, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti dont think nofx covers it.... maybe your thinking of the propaghandi cover This song===instant classic
    NOFXJuggaloGirgoon May 02, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentletters to cleo also did a cover of it -- a more recently popularized version of it. the cover sucks.
    emmychloeon May 05, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGreat song! A classic!
    skeetsquirrelon May 10, 2002   Link

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