I Want You Now

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6. Behind The Wheel
7. I Want You Now
List of Music for the Masses songs
8. To Have And To Hold
I Want You Now
Song I Want You Now
By Depeche Mode
Songwriter Martin L. Gore
Produced by Depeche Mode
Dave Bascombe
Daniel Miller
Recorded at Guillaume Tell (Paris)
Konk (London)
Length (mm:ss) 3:44
Tempo 103 BPM
Time signature 4
Key E Minor
Recorded February - July, 1987
Originally released 28 September 1987
Live performances as Depeche Mode 139 times *
Total live performances 139 times *

"I Want You Now" is a song from the 1987 album Music For The Masses by Depeche Mode.


Dave Bascombe said in the 2006 Music For The Masses Remaster DVD documentary:

"It was actually an accordion with just no keys held down. There's a button you press on the accordion which lets all the air out. And that's all it was. But it does sound really disgusting. It's great! Well, that song has got some heavy breathing on it anyway, which we sampled from God knows where - I think we actually sampled it from a porn movie, and then we got some girls in to add to it, to make it a bit more hi-fi or something."

Dave Bascombe elaborated on it to Super Deluxe Edition in July 2019:

"Well, the breathing, the two samples, originally were sampled from a porn film. They were really lo-fi. Then it was Fashion Week when we were in Paris which terrible [sic], you know [laughs] so models turned up at the studio and we got them to do the samples, just to get it a bit more hi-fi!"

Although I Want You Now was not played during the 1987-1988 Music For The Masses Tour, it was performed at least once during the Soundcheck.

Studio outtake

This outtake, recorded at the Guillaume Tell Studios, is significantly different from the album version; due to this fact, this version is sometimes thought to be a demo, but it is definitely an outtake.


I Want You Now

I want you now

Tomorrow won't do

There's a yearning inside

And it's showing through

Reach out your hands

And accept my love

We've waited for too long

Enough is enough

I want you now

My heart is aching

My body is burning

My hands are shaking

My head is turning

You understand

It's so easy to choose

We've got time to kill

We've got nothing to lose

I want you now

And I don't mean to sound

Like one of the boys

That's now what I'm trying to do

I don't want to be

Like one of the boys

I just want you now

'Cause I've got a love

A love that won't wait

A love that is growing

And it's getting late

Do you know what it means

To be left this way

When everyone's gone

And the feelings they stay

I want you now

Songwriter: Martin L. Gore
Publishing Information: ©1987 Grabbing Hands Music Ltd/EMI Music Publishing Ltd. All rights reserved.

Live performances

Main article: Available recordings of "I Want You Now"
Main article: List of dates where "I Want You Now" was played

Live versions

This section provides an example of a live version of I Want You Now from each tour that it was played.