Self Control

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About Self Control

"Self Control" is a song by Italian singer Raf, released in 1984. It was written by Giancarlo Bigazzi, Steve Piccolo and Raf. The song was covered the same year by American singer Laura Branigan. Her version first hit no. 1 in Germany on June 15, 1984. Raf's version first hit no. 1 in Italy on June 23, 1984. Both versions of the song were popular across Europe during much of the summer of 1984 and were the most successful single of the year in Switzerland. Branigan's version peaked at no. 4 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart and also went to no. 2 on the dance chart. The song has become one of the defining songs of the 1980s, with a number of remakes recorded each year. Notable covers include Puerto Rican singer Ricky Martin in 1993, a hit dance remake by Branigan in 2004 and two 2006 versions that hit the Top 5 in various European enclaves, by Danish dance group Infernal and Spanish singer Soraya Arnelas. 


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2005
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Oh the night is my world
City life, painted girls
In the day nothing matters
It's the nighttime that flatters

In the night no control
Through the wall something breakin'
Wearin' white as you're walkin'
Down the streets of my soul

You take my self, you take my self control
You got me livin' only for the night
Before the morning comes the story's told
You take my self, you take my self control

Another night another day goes by
I never stop myself to wonder why
You're makin' me forget to play my role
You take my self you take my self control

I I live among the creatures of the night
I haven't got the will to try and fight
Against a new tomorrow
So I guess I'll just believe it that tomorrow never comes again

Night I'm livin' in a moment of a dream
I know that life is not as it would seem
I must believe in something
So I make myself believe it that this night will never go

Oh oh oh 
Oh oh oh 
Oh oh oh 
Oh oh oh
Oh oh oh 
Oh oh oh 

Oh the night is my world
City life, painted girls
In the day nothing matters
It's the nighttime that flatters

Oh the night is my world (you take my self, you take my self control)
City lights, painted girls (you got me livin' only for the night)
In the day nothing matters (before the morning comes the story's told)
It's the nighttime that flatters (you take my self, you take my self control)

I said I I live among the creatures of the night (you take my self, you take my self control)
I haven't got the will to try and fight (you take my self, you take my self control)
Against a new tomorrow (you take my self, you take my self control)
So I guess I just believe it that tomorrow never knows (you take my self, you take my self control)

Oh oh oh 
Oh oh oh 
Oh oh oh 
Oh oh oh
Oh oh oh (you take my self, you take my)
Oh oh oh (you take my self, you take my)
Oh oh oh (you take my self, you take my)
Oh oh oh (you take my self, you take my)
Oh oh oh (you take my self, you take my self control)
Oh oh oh (you take my self, you take my self control)
Oh oh oh (you take my self, you take my self control)
Oh oh oh (you take my self, you take my self control)
Oh oh oh (you take my self, you take my self control)
Oh oh oh (you take my self, you take my self control)
Oh oh oh (you take my self, you take my self control)

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Written by: Gaetano Bigazzi, Raffaele Riefoli, Stephen Vincent Piccolo

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3 facts about this song

Laura Branigan's Version
Branigan's version is probably the most well-known rendition of the song. It was released in 1984 as part of her third studio album, "Self Control." - This version of the song "Self Control" was a huge worldwide success, reaching number four on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart and topping the charts in Canada and several European countries. - Branigan altered some lines of the song, making hers a slightly different narrative than Raf's original. Some believe that the American singer's version is about a woman submitting to her desires.
Raf's Original Version
Raf, an Italian singer, originally released "Self Control" in 1984, the same year as Laura Branigan. - Unlike most covers, Laura Branigan's version was released only a few months after Raf's original, which is unusually quick in music industry standards. - Interestingly, Raf's version has an entirely different feel. While Laura Branigan's cover is more intense and edgy, Raf's version is more relaxed and melancholic. - Raf wrote the song "Self Control" along with Giancarlo Bigazzi.
Infernal’s Version
The Danish dance-pop duo Infernal did their cover of "Self Control" in 2006 and it became a big international hit. - Infernal’s version of "Self Control" is a eurodance cover with a more upbeat sound and dance tempo than the originals. - Following the release, their version received mixed reviews, with some music critics appreciating their take on the song, while others thought it didn't capture the essence of the original. - The song was included in Infernal's third studio album, "From Paris to Berlin," and peaked at number 18 on the Danish Singles Chart. - Infernal's music video for "Self Control," with its beach party ambiance, is strikingly different from Laura Branigan's haunting and intense visual narrative.

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