What Do I Do Now

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About What Do I Do Now

"What Do I Do Now?" is a 1995 song by English Britpop band Sleeper, written by the band's vocalist and guitarist Louise Wener. It was the first single to be released from their second album The It Girl which followed in May 1996. "What Do I Do Now" was covered by Elvis Costello for the 1997 compilation album Volume Seventeen (and later on the expanded edition of his 2001 album All This Useless Beauty. Sleeper reciprocated by covering "The Other End of the Telescope", which appeared on the b-side of "Statuesque".  


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1996
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Quickly she came, dressed up for fame,
Riding her perfume downstairs.
Make-up like glue, she danced 'round the room,
To the sound of the corduroy flares.
Let's go to town, taxis all round,
We could stop for a couple of beers.
He looks at it all, stifles a yawn,
She tries not to look like she cares.

What do I do now?
Are we going under?
What did I do wrong?
I thought we had it sorted
Out the other day
Maybe I'm just stupid
Can't we try again?
No-one told me it was raining.

Can't face a club,
They walk to a nearby pub,
Watch a couple of bands.
Draining the glass, they walk home at last,
Reaching for each other's hands.
Nothing is said, he goes to bed
Dreaming of her on his own.
She stays up all week, watching him sleep,
Scared that she'll wake up alone.

What do I do now?
Are we going under?
What did I do wrong?
I thought we had it sorted
Out the other day
Maybe I'm just stupid
Can't we try again?
No-one told me it was raining.

I'll miss you every day of your life
And oh, you'll feel it too,
You're not that strong,
You know I'm onto you.
I'll miss you every day of your life
And maybe when you're dead, I'll get some rest,
From holding onto you.

What do I do now?
Are we going under?
What did I do wrong?
I thought we had it sorted
Is there someone else?
Or am I too familiar?
Was it when I said I wanted to have children?
Tore up all your photos,
Didn't feel too clever,
Spent the whole of Sunday
Sticking you together.
Now I'd like to call you,
But I feel too awkward.
Some things need explaining,
No-one told me it was raining.

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Sleeper

Sleeper were a British Britpop band in the 1990s fronted by Louise Wener. The band had eight UK Top 40 hit singles and three UK Top 10 albums. Their music was also featured in the soundtrack of Trainspotting. more »

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Written by: BILL CHADWICK, MICHAEL STEWART, RANDY CIERLEY

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

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15 facts about this song

Song Formation
"What Do I Do Now" is a song by the British band, Sleeper, who were part of the Britpop movement in the 1990s.
Release Year
The song was released on December 12, 1995.
Guitar Riffs
The song is noted for its distinctive guitar riffs and was one of the band's biggest hits.
Chart Performance
"What Do I Do Now" charted successfully, reaching Number 14 on the UK Singles chart.
Inclusion in Album
The song features on the band's debut album, "Smart," which was released on 14 March 1995 and achieved a gold disc.
Cover Versions
Bands like Busted and A have covered "What Do I Do Now" in their live shows, showcasing the track's enduring popularity.
Song Theme
The song captures the feeling of being lost and unsure about the future, often associated with breakups or significant life changes.
Music Video
The accompanying music video features the band performing the song, interspersed with footage of a young girl singing the lyrics to the track.
Live Performances
"What Do I Do Now" became a staple of the band's live performances, enthusiastically received by their fanbase.
Critical Reception
It received positive reviews upon its release, with critics appreciating its catchy hooks and sophisticated lyrics. Some regard it as Sleeper’s signature song.
Band's Hiatus
Following the band's extended hiatus after their initial burst of success, "What Do I Do Now" is still remembered as one of their most iconic tracks.
Band Members
The band that played "What Do I Do Now" consisted of Louise Wener (Vocals, Guitar), Jon Stewart (Guitars), Andy Maclure (Drums), and Diid Osman (Bass).
Lyric Writing
As the band's primary lyric writer, Louise Wener based the lyrics on personal emotions, as she often does in her writing.
Reunion Performance
During the Sleeper's reunion in 2017, "What Do I Do Now" was included in the setlist, still resonating with fans even after several years.
Vinyl Release
The single was also released in vinyl format for music enthusiasts and collectors during the initial release in 1995.

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