Status Quo - Whatever You Want - Live 1996





Written by Rick Parfitt and Andy Bown, it was released on the album of the same name in 1979 and has become one of the band's better-known works. It originally appeared on the band's 1979 album Whatever You Want and was later re-recorded for their 2003 album Riffs.


The song is guitar-oriented, like most Status Quo songs. During recording up to three guitar 'layers' were used, though it can be played with two: rhythm guitar and solo guitar. The other instruments are a bass guitar, keyboards and drums. The lyrics are multi-vocal; for instance the 'Whatever you want' part is sung entirely with two voices.







Lyrics


Whatever you want

Whatever you like

Whatever you say

You pay your money

You take your choice


Whatever you need

Whatever you use

Whatever you win

Whatever you lose


You're showing off

You're showing out

You look for trouble

Turn around, give me a shout


I take it all

You squeeze me dry

And now today

You couldn't even say goodbye


I could take you home

On the midnight train again

I could make an offer you can't refuse


Whatever you want

Whatever you like

Whatever you say

You pay your money

You take your choice


Whatever you need

Whatever you use

Whatever you win

Whatever you lose


You're showing off

You're showing out

You look for trouble

Turn around, give me a shout


I take it all

You squeeze me dry

And now today

You couldn't even say goodbye


I could take you home

On the midnight train again

I could make an offer you can't refuse


Whatever you want

Whatever you like

Whatever you say

You pay your money

You take your choice


Whatever you need

Whatever you use

Whatever you win

Whatever you lose

Whatever you want

Whatever you want




Songwriters: Rick Parfitt / Andy Bown

Whatever You Want lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC