Wake Me Up

Of all the songs Benjamin sings, this one touches me the deepest. It is the first of two Cars’ songs that made me literally, uncontrollably cry the first time I heard it.

Originally recorded as “Indigo” by Cap’n Swing, the Cars made a demo of this song in 1977. It didn’t appear on any of their albums until it showed up in a group of demo tracks on the 1999 release of “The Cars: Deluxe Edition.”

The lyrics are poignant, to be sure, and the keyboards draw the perfect mood, but it is the desperation in Ben’s voice, the longing to set life and relationships right again, that cause an ache in my heart, having struggled through the bitter loss of a precious friendship. The Cap’n Swing version is great, but it just doesn’t evoke the burn of emotion; doesn’t make my knees want to buckle, like this recording does.

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