April 22.2014 – The Story Behind “Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or What?” By Thompson Square

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Husband and wife duo Thompson Square (Keifer and Shawna Thompson) got their first-ever Top 5 hit with ‘Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not,’ the second single from their self-titled debut album.

The song’s co-writers, David Lee Murphy and Jim Collins, who also penned Jason Aldean‘s No. 1 smash ‘Big Green Tractor,’ sat down with The Boot to talk about the day they wrote this breakthrough hit.

David Lee: It wasn’t a ‘riding around on my tractor idea,’ [laughs] but you just get lucky sometimes, and an idea just falls out and you’re fortunate to be there. That’s what happened the day we wrote this song. They come in strange ways sometimes. It’s never the same way twice.

Jim: The hardest part for me is finding an idea that you haven’t heard before. Or if it’s a title that you’ve heard before, you’ve gotta find a new angle. So you try to figure out how everybody else would write it, and then you write it another way! [laughs] It took us a couple of days to write this song, and we spent most of the day just trying to find an idea that was even interesting, because we write together so much during the week. Then David finally came up with the line, ‘are you gonna kiss me or not?’ I said, ‘Are we gonna do this or not?’ Then I grabbed my guitar and started singing, ‘We were sittin’ up there on your mama’s roof, talkin’ ’bout everything under the moon.’ From there, we just let it take us where it wanted to go.

David Lee: The rest of the verses just fell out after that. We had a lot of fun with it. I thought one of the coolest lines we came up with was, ‘It was the best dang kiss that I’d ever had, except for that long one after that.’ I remember thinking that was such a cool line! When I’m writing, I draw from old stuff, personally. So every time I write a song like this, I always go back in my head to the old stuff; things that I did when I was younger.

Jim: As we were coming up with our lyrics, we could see the movie in our head, what we were writing about, and then painted that picture, best we could. A lot of times you can paint the picture, but not get the emotion in there. You get so clever with pictures, you forget what the meaning of the song is. But the whole movie was playing out as we were going with this song. Originally, in my head, I didn’t think they were gonna get married, but the song just kind of felt like it needed to go that way. And boy, I’m glad we went with it! [laughs]

David Lee: We were both excited about this song, after writing it. It was the only song we wrote that day. We were so happy. Jim and I wrote ‘Big Green Tractor’ together, and when you write those songs, you go home that day, and you go, ‘Wow, that’s a hit!’ When you write every day, it’s fun … but you don’t write a good song everyday.

Jim: When you’re writing songs five days a week, it’s really a matter of just keeping your pencil sharp. Because you write a lot of songs that do nothing and there’s nothing to them. But what it does is it keeps you sharp. So when you do get an idea like ‘Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not,’ you know what to do. We got real lucky with Thompson Square. They’re husband and wife, and it was kind of their story — how they fell in love, even though I don’t know if it was exactly up on the roof! [laughs] But it was a love story, and they got hold of it. When we wrote it, I thought it was a good song. But when I heard their record, the way they cut it, I thought, ‘Man! This could be a hit!’
Source – Country Weekly Magazine

“Are You Gonna Kiss Me” was released in July 2010 as the second single from their self-titled debut album, which was released on February 8, 2011. The song has been certified 2× Platinum by the RIAA. On November 30, the band received two nominations in 54th Grammy Awards for the song in Best Country Duo/Group Performance and Best Country Song but lost to “Barton Hollow” by The Civil Wars and “Mean” by Taylor Swift, respectively.

“Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not” became Thompson Square’s first number one hit on the Country Songs chart dated for April 9, 2011.

LYRICS: Written by David Lee Murphy and Jim Collins

We were sittin’ up there on your momma’s roof
Talkin’ ’bout everything under the moon
With the smell of honeysuckle and your perfume
All I could think about was my next move

Oh, but you were so shy, so was I
Maybe that’s why it was so hard to believe
When you smiled and said to me
“Are you gonna kiss me or not?

Are we gonna do this or what?
I think you know I like you a lot
But you’re ’bout to miss your shot
Are you gonna kiss me or not?”

It was the best dang kiss that I ever had
Except for that long one after that
And I knew if I wanted this thing to last
Sooner or later I’d have to ask for your hand

So I took a chance
Bought a wedding band and I got down on one knee
And you smiled and said to me
“Are you gonna kiss me or not?

Are we gonna do this or what?
I think you know I love you a lot
I think we’ve got a real good shot
Are you gonna kiss me or not?”

So, we planned it all out for the middle of June
From the wedding cake to the honeymoon
And your momma cried
When you walked down the aisle

When the preacher man said, “Say I do”
I did and you did too, then I lifted that veil
And saw your pretty smile and I said
“Are you gonna kiss me or not?

Are we gonna do this or what?
Look at all the love that we got
It ain’t never gonna stop
Are you gonna kiss me or not?”

Yeah baby, I love you a lot
I really think we’ve got a shot
Are you gonna kiss me or not?

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