What is the instrumental song in the art museum scene in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off?

January 4th, 2009


I’ve always loved the art museum scene from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. I especially love the instrumental song that plays as Ferris, Sloane, and Cameron admire work such as Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte by Georges-Pierre Seurat at the Art Institute of Chicago

No soundtrack of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off was ever released so in case you’ve been wondering too, that song is an instrumental cover of Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want.

The instrumental version of this song featured in the movie is by Dream Academy. It appears on their greatest hits album Somewhere in the Sun: Best of the Dream Academy. (At the time this post was written, the ONE available on Amazon was $149.99! If anyone knows how to get their hands on an MP3 of this song, I would love to hear it…)

The original version of this song (with lyrics) is by The Smiths. It appeared on their 1984 album, Hatful of Hollow as well as The Very Best of The Smiths. The Smiths’ version also appears on the Pretty in Pink soundtrack (I own this on cassette tape!) and the Never Been Kissed soundtrack.

I recently heard this song during “Local on the 8’s” on the Weather Channel and I hope Ferris Bueller plays on cable some time soon… Enjoy!

Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want
Lyrics by Stephen Morrissey
Music by Johnny Marr

Good times for a change
See, the luck I’ve had
Can make a good man
Turn bad

So please, please, please
Let me, let me, let me
Let me get what I want
This time

Haven’t had a dream in a long time
See, the life I’ve had
Can make a good man bad

So for once in my life
Let me get what I want
Lord knows, it would be the first time
Lord knows, it would be the first time

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12 Responses to “What is the instrumental song in the art museum scene in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off?”

  1. Teresa on April 11, 2009 11:38 pm

    I have the song, dream academy-instrumental. how do I get it to you??

  2. rencsi on April 13, 2009 5:23 pm

    Awesome! Please upload the file at http://www.rapidshare.com and send the download link to rencsi@rencsi.com.

    Thank you so much!!

  3. pete on May 31, 2009 2:19 pm

    could you send the download link
    to peter360@juno.com

  4. rencsi on May 31, 2009 7:24 pm

    Pete, I wish I could, but as far as I know, the song was never shared. I will let you know if that changes…

  5. tishy on June 15, 2009 7:11 pm

    could you also send it to tjmaxx94@gmail.com
    i’ve been trying to find this song for a very long time

  6. rencsi on June 15, 2009 10:08 pm

    I never actually received a link. If anyone has the song, please share it with us! Thanks!

  7. Asm on June 30, 2009 7:33 pm

    I am trying to find the DL link I’ll try to post when I find.

    In the meantime, you can listen here:

  8. rencsi on June 30, 2009 9:48 pm

    I found it! Here is a link to the file on Rapid Share. It can be downloaded 10 times.


  9. jon on December 30, 2009 4:47 pm

    the instrumental song is not what you guys think.

    it is “The Penguin Cafe Orchestra – Music for a found harmonium”

  10. rencsi on January 7, 2010 4:59 pm

    Hmmm….. I listened to Music for a Found Harmonium on Lala and I think we are talking about two difference scenes and/or songs.

  11. Kirsten on March 28, 2010 11:20 am

    Thanks for the post about this. I have long loved the instrumental version, and actually heard it long before I ever heard The Smith’s version.

  12. Heidi on November 9, 2010 10:53 pm

    Did you ever find out how to buy this song? The museum song from Ferris Buellers Day Off.

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