Wake Me Up (stylized as "Wake Me Up!") features
uncredited vocals from American soul singer Aloe Blacc and acoustic guitar from Incubus' Mike Einziger.
It was released in June 2013 as the first single from Avicii's full-length debut studio album, True,
which was released on 17 September 2013.
From the Album
The lyrics have been described as regret about being young and inexperienced and wishing
they were older to understand the world more,
but also accepting it as part of the process of life.
In an interview with the Daily Star, Avicii, who had previously labelled Wake Me Up! as
"a fun experiment" during an exclusive chat with MTV UK, said: "I had a demo with Mac Davis singing,
the guy who wrote all the Elvis Presley stuff, but I needed another singer to do the parts.
At the same time I was tipped off about doing another track with Aloe Blacc and I
started working on that track. When I was with Mike Einziger from Incubus,
we came up with the chord progression and the melody for Wake Me Up but no real Lyrics.
None of us sing and we really needed to get that demo down and the only person I knew that
lived in LA was Aloe, so I called him and he was free. Lyrics come really easy to him
so he wrote them in a couple of hours and we finished the track."
June 17th, 2013
CD single, digital download
Electronic dance, soul, country
Tim Bergling, Aloe Blacc, Mike Einziger
Avicii singles chronology
Wake Me Up on YouTube
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