Have I been sleeping?
I've been so still
Afraid of crumbling
Have I been careless?
Dismissing all the distant rumblings
Take me where I am supposed to be
To comprehend the things that I can't see

'Cause I need to move
I need to wake up
I need to change
I need to shake up
I need to speak out
Something's got to break up
I've been asleep
And I need to wake up
Now

And as a child
I danced like it was 1999
My dreams were wild
The promise of this new world
Would be mine
Now I am throwing off the carelessness of youth
To listen to an inconvenient truth

That I need to move
I need to wake up
I need to change
I need to shake up
I need to speak out
Something's got to break up
I've been asleep
And I need to wake up
Now

I am not an island
I am not alone
I am my intentions
Trapped here in this flesh and bone

And I need to move
I need to wake up
I need to change
I need to shake up
I need to speak out
Something's got to break up
I've been asleep
And I need to wake up
Now

I want to change
I need to shake up
I need to speak out
Oh, something's got to break up
I've been asleep
And I need to wake up
Now


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I Need To Wake Up Lyrics as written by Melissa Etheridge

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    this song is great, it was done for the movie/documentary An Inconvenient Truth...it's a a great movie, everyone should watch it, it's terrifying as hell, yet so so true. save the planet!

    farrah0fawcetton January 30, 2007   Link
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    this is a great song to pair with a great movie. everyone should try to get it played at their school with free student admission. that's when I saw it and my life completely changed. it's not a tree hugger thing where they're like if you don't take shorter showers there will be less trees. it's more like now you know why hurricane katrina happened. it's all going on now not in a thousand years, so we all really need to do our part to help. whether it's taking the train instead of getting a ride to school or getting flourescant light bulbs instead of regular.

    annaSon February 02, 2007   Link
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    i saw the documentary and it was definately the scariest film ive ever seen. this song says it well- i ned to change, i need to shake up, i need to speak up. americas putting everything they have into fighing this was on terror but as is proved in the inconvenient truth, the area where the twin towers used to stand will soon be underwater if we dont do something about global warming.

    wake up and speak out before its too late...

    i love the message of this song!!

    iluvsfon March 03, 2007   Link
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    i watched the movie and it scared the hell out of me. the words "I need to wake up I need to change I need to shake up I need to speak out" pretty much say it all for me, i cant just sit around doing nothing. i have to act on my feelings so somthing actually gets done about this issue! beause too many people just seem to not care

    Nataon March 26, 2007   Link
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    I totally agree... that's why I added this song, it has changed my life so much, as well as that movie. I'm acting out and taking better care of a lot of things. I also started a Save Our Earth club at school.. We do fundraising and recycling.. the money goes towards new trees and better electricity...

    jockey1010on April 18, 2007   Link
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    General Comment

    I've heard the saying "partied like it was 1999" before- what exactly does that mean?

    plonkehon December 27, 2007   Link
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    General Comment

    I just finished watching An Inconvenient Truth in my Environmental Science class and when I heard this song, I decided that I am gonna do my part to help our planet. I put this song on my iPod and im gonna buy the movie so my family can see it.

    JDLuvaSQEEon May 20, 2009   Link

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