Roxette – Sleeping in My Car

Notes

Per and Marie: This is a great song! Marie: A step in the right direction. It was just before Christmas ’93 and we were listening to the first playback of the Crash! Boom! Bang!-album and realized we were all missing something. It all sounded so… perfectly grown up. Per: We had worked for a year, much too long, endless hours of studio time… I mean, I loved it but there was too little P-O-P. Marie: The next day Per was back with this one and suddenly we had something to start off the whole thing, a great first single. Per: Went straight home, really pissed of, came up with this Neanderthal-riff and wrote it in an hour. We recorded it very fast with different musicians and it was like becoming five years younger again… almost slim… haha.

– Don’t Bore Us – Get to the Chorus! liner notes, 1995

Written in a rush after worries that the Crash! Boom! Bang! album needed just a little more bite. A slight change in the lineup (Pelle Sirén on guitar and Mats Persson on drums), boosted the garage-rock feel of the performance. The lyrics combined with Marie’s “dirty” performance didn’t please the Chinese authorities, which insisted on alterations for the group’s live shows in China. The request was ignored.

– The Pop Hits liner notes, 2003

Versions

The Stockholm Demo Version, 10 December 1993 3:13

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Original Version 3:47

I’ll tell you what I’ve done
I’ll tell you what I do
Been driving all nite
Just to get close to you
Baby babe – I’m moving so fast
You’d better come on

The moon is alright
The freeway’s heading south
My heart is going Boom!
There’s a strange taste in my mouth
Baby babe – I’m moving real fast
So try to hold on
Try to hold on!

Sleeping in my car – I will undress you
Sleeping in my car – I will caress you
Staying in the back seat of my car making up

So come out tonight
I’ll take you for a ride
This steamy ol’ wagon
The radio is getting wild
Baby babe – we’re moving so fast
I try to hang on
Try to hang on!

Sleeping in my car – I will undress you
Sleeping in my car – I will caress you
Staying in the back seat of my car making love – oh yeah!

Sleeping in my car – I will possess you
Sleeping in my car – certainly bless you
Laying in the back seat of my car making up

The night is so pretty and so young
The night is so pretty and so young
So very young…

Sleeping in my car – I will undress you
Sleeping in my car – I will caress you
Staying in the back seat of my car making love to you

Sleeping in my car – I will possess you
Sleeping in my car – certainly bless you
Laying in the back seat of my car making up

I will undress you
I will undress you

The night is so pretty and so young

  • Words and Music by Per Gessle
  • Published by Jimmy Fun Music
  • Recorded at EMI Studios, Stockholm, Sweden on Saturday, 18 December 1993 by Alar Suurna

Available on:

  • Crash! Boom! Bang! [Album]
    • 5″ CD in Jewel Case
    • Compact Cassette in Case
    • 5″ CD in Jewel Case
    • 12″ Vinyl in Sleeve
    • Rox Archives Vol. 5 5″ CD in Gatefold Card Sleeve

Live at Espacio Riesco, Santiago, Chile on 5 May 2012 3:45

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