February 16 .2016 – The Story Behind Hunter Hayes “Wanted”

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The song that really put him on the map was his second single, “Wanted,” penned by Hayes and Troy Verges as part of an experiment to see how well the two would work together. The end result was one of the biggest songs of Verges’ songwriting career and a multi-week chart-topping hit for Hayes. We recently chatted with Verges about the day the two wrote the song, and here is what he had to say!

“This was maybe the fourth or fifth time Hunter and I had written together,” Verges tells Roughstock. “We had met when he first got signed to Universal Publishing. I am from Louisiana and Hunter is from Louisiana. Cindy Foreman up there was like, ‘You guys need to meet and see if you gel!’ So we started writing a few songs. I have a giant grand piano in my studio. I am a mediocre piano player, so I love it when people come over who can play it. Hunter jumped up on the piano and just started playing the lick that is the intro of ‘Wanted.’

“It was just real easy to write,” Verges continues. “It came really fast. The only hiccup we had in the song was — and we’ve talked about it since, it’s pretty funny — there’s one line in the song … like everything that’s green girl, I need you. That was Hunter’s line. I was like, ‘I don’t know what that means … I’m not sure that should go in there.’ He really fought for it, and now it’s like a lot of peoples favorite part of the song. We were talking about that when I was out on the road writing with him a few weeks ago. Gordie Sampson was out there with us, and he was like, ‘Dude, that’s my favorite part of the song!’ It’s just so funny. You can get so inside of a song, you never know what’s going to be the part that pops out. I am so glad that Hunter stood his ground and said, ‘No, this is going in the song!’

“After we finished the song, it got a really good reaction from a lot of people,” recalls Verges. “It’s probably been the biggest song I’ve had in my career as far as public reaction goes. You just never know what’s going to be the one that takes over like that one has. Everything was exactly right about this song.”

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LYRICS: Written by Hunter Hayes and Troy Verges
You know I’d fall apart without you
I don’t know how you do what you do
‘Cause everything that don’t make sense about me
Makes sense when I’m with you

Like everything that’s green, girl, I need you
But it’s more than one and one makes two
Put aside the math and the logic of it
You gotta know you’re wanted too

‘Cause I wanna wrap you up
Wanna kiss your lips
I wanna make you feel wanted
And I wanna call you mine
Wanna hold your hand forever
And never let you forget it
Yeah, I, I wanna make you feel wanted

Anyone can tell you you’re pretty, yeah
And you get that all the time, I know you do
But your beauty’s deeper than the make-up
And I wanna show you what I see tonight…

When I wrap you up
When I kiss your lips.
I wanna make you feel wanted
And I wanna call you mine
Wanna hold your hand forever
And never let you forget it
‘Cause, baby, I, I wanna make you feel wanted

As good as you make me feel
I wanna make you feel better
Better than your fairy tales
Better than your best dreams
You’re more than everything I need
You’re all I ever wanted
All I ever wanted

And I just wanna wrap you up
Wanna kiss your lips
I wanna make you feel wanted
And I wanna call you mine
Wanna hold your hand forever
And never let you forget it
Yeah, I wanna make you feel wanted
Baby, I wanna make you feel wanted

You’ll always be wanted

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