Julian Lennon

You Get What You Want

Julian Lennon

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Julian LennonJulian Lennon on how Billy Joel came about to play piano on 'You Get What You Want': 

"... well he popped in a couple of times because he wanted to check out what I was doing, you know, so he stood at the back of the room like 'hmm, hmm', so I mean, originally, 'You Get What You Want,' was like a South American...I don't know what you call it....It had the basic three chord rock or blues bit underneath, but in the break it turned into a total (sings tune)-one of those jobs. So Phil said, 'Well, it feels like a rock 'n roll song,' so he said 'Let's get Billy in and take that (sings tune) out and see what Billy could do.'  So Billy came in...five minutes, three solos...but, I'll tell you an interesting thing...the beginning bit, the rock 'n roll beginning bit, now that originally wasn't there, nor was the guitar bit. I just came in and one day while nobody was there, I was listening back through some of the tracks and the assistant engineer rolled it back too far and I said, 'What the hell is that doing there, what is it?'...we just caught the end of it (sings tune). So, we rewinded and found this little piece in the middle of nowhere so we said, 'Right, this is going to be nice and clever.' I didn't tell Phil about it for awhile and then I played it to him and he said, 'Yeah, that's a good idea' so we got John McCurry in to do a bit of guitar work and it just turned out great, you know. That shocked Billy because Billy didn't know because he was just doing that for a practice to get warmed up. He had a heart attack. He said, 'Where'd you get that from?'"

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The Lyrics

I know what I want
Can't get it now
She knows what I want
Can't get it now
Well, she's packed her bag, she's home tonight
You better hope that she don't miss the flight

You know what I need
I need it now
She knows what I need
We'll share it now
Well, my baby's comin' home tonight
I better hope that she's gonna be all right

We know what we need
We'll get it now
We'll get together
And show ya how
Well, they say she's not the type for me
What do they know? I know me

I know what I want
Can't get it now
She knows what I want
Can't get it now
Well, she's packed her bag, she's home tonight
You better hope that she don't miss the flight

You know what I need
I need it now
She knows what I need
We'll share it now
Well, my baby's comin' home tonight
I better hope that she's gonna be all right

We know what we need
We'll get it now
We'll get together
And show ya how
Well, they say she's not the type for me
What do they know? I know me
Do do do do do. Do do do do do do do do do.

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