You're The One That I Want
By: John Farrar

Original Performance: John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John
Written by: John Farrar

 
Lyrics:
You're The One That I Want [Version (a)]:

[from November 23 2002 duet]

Beck: I got chills, multiplyin' and I'm losin' control
'Cause the power you're supplyin', it's electrifyin'!

Sia: You better shape up 'cause I need a man
And my heart is set on you
You better shape up, you better understand
To my heart I must be true
Nothin' left, nothin' left for me to do

Beck: You're the one that I want ohhhhh
You're the one that I want ohhhh
You're the one that I want ohhhh

Sia: If you're filled with affection you're too shy to convey
Meditate in my direction, feel your way

Both: I better shape up 'cause you need a man
You need a man who can keep you satisfied
I better shape up if you need a man
Are you sure? Yes I'm sure down deep inside

You're the one that I want ohhhh
You're the one that I want ohhhh
You're the one that I want ohhhh
 
The Song:

Grease is the word! Beck sang this song from Grease on November 23 2002 at the KCRW Benefit Concert in Los Angeles. He did it as a folk duet with Sia Furler, a singer with Zero7 (who were also on the bill that night). I don't think they did the dance routine with it.

(They would then do it a couple of more times at some of Beck's solo shows following, and once a few years later.)

Sia's recollection of the song in the biography from her website, "I suggested it as a joke; but we changed the major to a minor, made it really slow and turned it into a bit of a country stalker anthem."

Now if only Beck would sing with Olivia Newton-John!

*dreamy sigh*
 
Live:

Played live 4 times:
Earliest known live version: November 23, 2002
Latest known live version: June 28, 2006

On November 23 2002, Beck introduced the song choice as Sia's idea, and asked the audience to visualize that he's John Travolta and she's Olivia Newton-John. If only!

*dreamy sigh*

At a couple of Beck's tour shows after the initial November 23 hook-up, Sia joined him again on stage. In Oakland, on November 27, Beck explained how much he loves Zero7, and that they'd had so much fun singing the song in LA that they were going to do it again. Sia sure has a stunning voice.

Then at one of Beck's LA shows in 2006, Sia joined him again for this song one last time.
 
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