(We Want) The Same Thing

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"(We Want) the Same Thing"
Single by Belinda Carlisle
from the album Runaway Horses
Released October 2, 1990 (UK)
Format 7", 12", CD-single, cassette-single
Recorded 1989
Genre Pop
Length 3:59
Label Virgin
Writer(s) Rick Nowels, Ellen Shipley
Producer(s) Rick Nowels
Belinda Carlisle singles chronology
"Vision of You"
(1990)
"(We Want) The Same Thing"
(1990)
"Live Your Life Be Free"
(1991)

"(We Want) The Same Thing" is a song by the American singer Belinda Carlisle. Written by Rick Nowels and Ellen Shipley, it was produced by Nowels for Carlisle's third album Runaway Horses (1989). It was released as the album's sixth and final single in the UK on October 2, 1990. To help promote the single in the UK, Virgin Records released a deluxe 12" vinyl boxed set with free stickers, and a picture disc CD-single, in addition to standard formats. The single peaked at number six on the UK singles chart and spent ten weeks in the top 75.[1]

Single remix[edit]

The single version of "(We Want) The Same Thing" is drastically different from the original version found on the album Runaway Horses. While the album version has a heavily accented punk rock staccato sound, the single version was changed into an powerful pop anthem; one of her most successful to date. The intro of the single version is notable for its chants of 'Hey!' repeated four times before a drum piece introduces the song. In the Runaway Horses album booklet, the lyrics listed for "(We Want) The Same Thing" vary from the actual version on the album though they match the lyrics for the single version.

Album version (verse 2)[edit]

I look in your eyes and
I know deep inside that
We want the same thing
So let's break the chains that
Just make us insane 'cause
We want the same thing
Hey what's the problem here
Can we negotiate
I want to kiss your lips
Before it's too late...

Single version (verse 2)[edit]

I look in your eyes and
I know deep inside that
We want the same thing
Breakin the chains that
Just keep us in shame 'cause
We want the same thing
No matter what we say
No matter what we do
Beyond the battlelines
Baby, we know what's true...

Track listing[edit]

CD single
  1. "(We Want) The Same Thing" (summer remix) — 4:17
  2. "Circle in the Sand" (sandblast multi-mix)
  3. "Shades of Michaelangelo" — 5:50
12-inch Record
  1. "(We Want) The Same Thing" (extended summer remix) — 5:13
  2. "Circle in the Sand" (sandblast multi-mix)
7-inch Record
  1. "(We Want) The Same Thing" (extended summer remix) — 5:13
  2. "Shades of Michaelangelo" — 5:50
Versions
  • "(We Want) The Same Thing" (album mix) — 3:59
  • "(We Want) The Same Thing" (7-inch summer remix) — 4:17
  • "(We Want) The Same Thing" (extended summer remix) — 5:13

Charts[edit]

Chart (1990) Peak
position
Germany (Media Control Charts)[2] 53
Ireland (IRMA)[3] 22
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[4] 6

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