Careful What You Wish For (Texas album)

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Careful What You Wish For
Studio album by Texas
Released 20 October 2003
Recorded 2002–2003
Genre Alternative rock
Label Mercury
Producer Johnny McElhone, Trevor Horn, Ian Broudie, Ceri "Sunship" Evans
Texas chronology
The Greatest Hits
(2000)The Greatest Hits2000
Careful What You Wish For
Red Book
(2005)Red Book2005
Singles from Careful What You Wish For
  1. "Carnival Girl"
    Released: 6 October 2003
  2. "I'll See It Through"
    Released: 8 December 2003

Careful What You Wish For is the seventh album by Scottish rock band Texas, released 20 October 2003. The album went on to achieve gold status in the UK for 100,000 copies sold.[1]

Release and reception[edit]

Only two singles were produced from Careful What You Wish For. The first was the hit UK Top 10 single, "Carnival Girl" which reached #9 on the UK Singles Charts and was also a hit in other European countries.

A second single, "I'll See It Through" was released in December 2003. However, the single was less successful than the release of "Carnival Girl", only debuting at #40 on the UK Singles Charts. After this their record label, Mercury Records, decided not to release a third single from the album, and this led Texas to re-enter the studio to start work on their next album, Red Book (2005).

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Telephone X" Johnny McElhone, Sharleen Spiteri, Eddie Campbell, Tony McGovern Johnny McElhone, Trevor Horn  
2. "Broken" McElhone, Spiteri, Guy Chambers McElhone, Ian Broudie  
3. "Carnival Girl" (featuring Kardinal Offishall) McElhone, Spiteri, Jason Harrow McElhone  
4. "I'll See It Through" McElhone, Spiteri, Chambers McElhone  
5. "Where Did You Sleep?" McElhone, Spiteri, Chambers McElhone  
6. "And I Dream" McElhone, Spiteri McElhone  
7. "Careful What You Wish For" McElhone, Spiteri McElhone  
8. "Big Sleep" McElhone, Spiteri McElhone  
9. "Under Your Skin" McElhone, Spiteri, McGovern McElhone  
10. "Carousel Dub" (featuring Suncycle) McElhone, Spiteri, Suncycle, Ceri Evans McElhone  
11. "Place in My World" (featuring Dolomite) McElhone, Spiteri, Evans, Williamson McElhone, Ceri Evans  
12. "Another Day" McElhone, Spiteri McElhone  



  • Sharleen Spiteri - vocals, guitar, piano, keyboards
  • Ally McErlaine - guitar
  • Johnny McElhone - guitar, bass, piano, keyboards
  • Tony McGovern - guitar, vocals
  • Eddie Campbell - piano, keyboards
  • Neil Payne - drums (track 3)


  • Tim Young - mastering
  • Johnny Mac - producer

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (2003) Peak
UK Albums Chart 5[2]
Ireland 35[2]
France 5[2]
Swiss Album Chart 6[2]
Belgium 18[2]
Denmark 23[2]
Germany 25[2]
Sweden 28[2]
Norway 35[2]
Austria 46[2]
Netherlands 88[2]