Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover

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"Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover"
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Single by Sophie B. Hawkins
from the album Tongues and Tails
B-side "Don't Stop Swaying"
Released March 31, 1992
Format CD single, CD maxi
7" single, 12" maxi
Recorded 1991
Genre Pop rock[1]
Length 5:23 (Album Version)
4:08 (Radio Edit)
Label Columbia
Songwriter(s) Sophie B. Hawkins (lyricist and composer)
Producer(s) Rick Chertoff, Ralph Schuckett
Sophie B. Hawkins singles chronology
"Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover"
(1992)
"California Here I Come"
(1992)

"Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover"
(1992)
"California Here I Come"
(1992)

"Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover" is a song written, composed, recorded, and released by singer-songwriter Sophie B. Hawkins. Released in 1992 from her debut album Tongues and Tails, the song achieved success in many countries worldwide; in the United States, it reached number five on the Billboard Hot 100. It also reached the top 10 in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and Norway. In the United Kingdom, the single peaked at number 14 on the UK Singles Chart, becoming Hawkins' second-highest chart position on that chart after "Right Beside You", which reached number 13 in 1994.[2]

Song information[edit]

The drumbeat of the song is sampled from "When the Levee Breaks" by Led Zeppelin, while the two-tone keyboard sound is sampled from "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" by Tears for Fears.

The original music video for the song featured Sophie lying on her back in a flowing white outfit while singing the song, interspersed with scenes of dancers and Sophie wearing a very skimpy outfit, kneeling and moving erotically. While the video would probably be considered acceptable by modern standards, the television network MTV banned the original version for its excessive erotic content;[3] moreover, Sony Music Entertainment (SME) was still repeatedly banning it from YouTube "on copyright grounds" as of late June 2017. A new video was shot, after the MTV ban, that showed Sophie in a complete non-erotic flannel shirt and jeans outfit, performing the song on a stage. Both versions of the video were in black and white, with some color used for artistic highlighting in the original. A portion of this original video is featured in the documentary The Cream Will Rise.[4] Both video versions used the shorter single version.

Track listings[edit]

CD maxi

  1. "Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover" (radio edit) — 4:08
  2. "Don't Stop Swaying" — 5:32
  3. "Listen" — 3:32

CD single

  1. "Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover" — 5:21
  2. "Don't Stop Swaying" — 5:32

7" single

  1. "Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover" (radio edit) — 4:08
  2. "Don't Stop Swaying" — 5:32

12" maxi

  1. "Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover" (radio version) — 4:08
  2. "Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover" (long version) — 5:22
  3. "Listen" — 3:31
  4. "Don't Stop Swaying" — 5:32

Personnel[edit]

  • Mixed by David Leonard and Steve Churchyard
  • Produced by Ralph Schuckett and Rick Chertoff

Charts[edit]

Cover versions[edit]

In popular culture[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover by Sophie B. Hawkins (Single, Pop Rock): Reviews, Ratings, Credits, Song list - Rate Your Music
  2. ^ "Sophie B Hawkins Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved June 22, 2018. 
  3. ^ Fitzharris, Dustin (July 10, 2008). "An Interview With Sophie B. Hawkins". GO Magazine. Retrieved July 14, 2012. ...she burst onto the scene with her debut album Tongues and Tails 15 years ago and released “Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover” with an erotically charged music video that was banned by MTV... 
  4. ^ Creme de la Creme by Todd Martinez-Padilla Simmons [1] (Retrieved March 6, 2008)
  5. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Sophie B. Hawkins – Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved 24 March 2018.
  6. ^ "Top RPM Singles: Issue 2172." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 24 March 2018.
  7. ^ "Top RPM Adult Contemporary: Issue 1959." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 24 March 2018.
  8. ^ "Lescharts.com – Sophie B. Hawkins – Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover" (in French). Les classement single. Retrieved 24 March 2018.
  9. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Sophie B. Hawkins – Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 24 March 2018.
  10. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved 24 March 2018.
  11. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – week 28, 1992" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40 Retrieved 24 March 2018.
  12. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Sophie B. Hawkins – Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved 24 March 2018.
  13. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Sophie B. Hawkins – Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved 24 March 2018.
  14. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Sophie B. Hawkins – Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover". VG-lista. Retrieved 24 March 2018.
  15. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Sophie B. Hawkins – Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover". Singles Top 100. Retrieved 24 March 2018.
  16. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Sophie B. Hawkins – Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved 24 March 2018.
  17. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 24 March 2018.
  18. ^ "Sophie B Hawkins Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved 24 March 2018.
  19. ^ "Sophie B Hawkins Chart History (Adult Contemporary)". Billboard. Retrieved 24 March 2018.
  20. ^ "ARIA Charts - End Of Year Charts - Top 50 Singles 1992". ARIA. Retrieved June 9, 2018. 
  21. ^ "Top 100 Single-Jahrescharts 1992" (in German). GfK Entertainment. Retrieved June 9, 2018. 
  22. ^ "End of Year Charts 1992". Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved December 3, 2017. 
  23. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1992". Archived from the original on 2010-01-17. Retrieved 2010-07-30. 
  24. ^ CD Baby Online Music Store "http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/mattpalmer2"

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