Song of the Day #3,478: ‘Want You Back’ – Haim

Haim’s ‘Want You Back’ is the simplest video of the ten I’m featuring but also one of the most compelling.

The clip features a single shot of the three sisters walking down a completely empty Ventura Boulevard in their hometown Los Angeles at dawn, occasionally pulling off some subtle dance moves but mostly just looking simultaneously goofy and cool.

Director Jake Schreier shot 15 takes and found the winner in number 14. I wonder how long they had to hold up traffic.

The sisters’ first idea for this video had them in a car on the same street, drifting and spinning around, but an unplanned crash put a halt to those plans and led to this much subtler version.

Great decision.

[Verse 1: Danielle]
Some things are long forgotten
Some things were never said
We were on one endless road
But I had a wandering heart

[Verse 2: Danielle (Este & Alana)]
I said we were opposite lovers
(Said it from the beginning)
You kept trying to prove me wrong
(Said you’d always see it through)
And I know that I ran you down
So you ran away with your heart

[Chorus]
But just know that I want you back
Just know that I want you back
Just know that I want you
I’ll take the fall and the fault in us
I’ll give you all the love I never gave before I left you
Just know that I want you back
Just know that I want you back
Just know that I want you
I’ll take the fall and the fault in us
I’ll give you all the love I never gave before I left you

[Verse 3: Danielle]
I know it’s hard to hear it
And it may never be enough
But don’t take it out on me now
‘Cause I blame it all on myself

[Verse 4: Danielle (Este & Alana)]
And I had a fear of forgiveness
(Said it from the beginning)
I was too proud to say I was wrong
(Said you’d always see me through)
All that time is gone, no more fearing control
I’m ready for the both of us now

[Chorus]
So just know that I want you back
Just know that I want you back
Just know that I want you
I’ll take the fall and the fault in us
I’ll give you all the love I never gave before I left you
Just know that I want you back
(Just know that I want you)
Just know that I want you back
(Just know that I want you)
Just know that I want you
I’ll take the fall and the fault in us
I’ll give you all the love I never gave before I left you
(Just know that I want you back, baby)

[Bridge: Alana]
Just know that I want you back
Just know that I want you back
Just know that I want you
I’ll take the fall and the fault in us
I’ll give you all the love I never gave before I left you
Just know that I want you back
Just know that I want you back
Just know that I want you
I’ll take the fall and the fault in us
I’ll give you all the love I never gave before I left you

[Chorus]
Just know that I want you back
Just know that I want you back
Just know that I want you
I’ll take the fall and the fault in us
I’ll give you all the love I never gave before I left you
Just know that I want you back
(Just know that I want you)
Just know that I want you back
(Just know that I want you)
Just know that I want you
I’ll take the fall and the fault in us
I’ll give you all the love I never gave before I left you
(Just know that I want you back, baby)
(Just know that I want you)
(Just know that I want you back, baby)
I’ll take the fall and the fault in us
I’ll give you all the love I never gave before I left you

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3 thoughts on “Song of the Day #3,478: ‘Want You Back’ – Haim

  1. Maddie says:

    Yesss definitely my favorite music video of the year! 🙂

  2. Dana Gallup says:

    I knew Maddie would weigh in on this as Haim is one of her faves.

  3. Amy says:

    I love this video. When Maddie showed it to me a few months ago, right after she saw them in concert, I was amazed that they were able to get the street so empty and this was a real shoot. Quite the feat!

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