March 31.2016 – Story Behind “Take Your Time” by Sam Hunt

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Sam Hunt penned the song with Josh Osborne and Shane McAnally. However, when Hunt and Osborne first came up with the tune, their then-third writer just didn’t hear it. “Sam started doing that talking phrasing thing that’s happening in the verse, and I thought it sounded really cool,” Osborne recalled to Taste of Country. “And our co-writer, the third writer just kinda laughed and said, ‘Aww, naw, that ain’t gonna work, that’s too odd. I don’t think we should chase that.’ And when that other writer left the room, I said to Sam, ‘I really like that. I think that’s cool.’ I don’t typically write that kind of thing, but Sam’s voice sounded so good doing that, I said, ‘Hang on to that, let’s write that with Shane [McAnally],’ ’cause we’d written some songs with Shane at that point.”

The lyrics came from a phrase Osborne already had. “I kinda had a title that I had mentioned to Sam before, which was ‘Take Your Time,’ he recalled to Taste Of Country. “When you hear that phrase, it typically means go slow or whatever, but I said if it was a guy saying to a girl, ‘I’m not trying to take your friends away from you, I’m not trying to do this … I just wanna take your time’ — almost like a sales pitch, sort of. So Sam said, ‘What if these two ideas were just kinda married together?'”

Sam says, of the half-singing, half-spoken lyrics, that in his younger days, “I listened to guys like K-Ci and JoJo, that ’90s R&B thing really caught my ear. R Kelly … Ginuwine, 112.”

The song was Sam Hunt’s second #1 on the Country chart, following “Leave the Night On,”which topped the tally dated November 14, 2014.

“Take Your Time” is nominated for Sunday night’s Academy of Country Music’s Single of the Year honors!

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Lyrics:
I don’t know if you were looking at me or not
You probably smile like that all the time
And I don’t mean to bother you but
I couldn’t just walk by
And not say hi

And I know your name
‘Cause everybody in here knows your name
And you’re not looking for anything right now
So I don’t wanna come on strong
But don’t get me wrong
Your eyes are so intimidating
My heart is pounding but
It’s just a conversation
No girl I’m not gonna waste it
You don’t know me
I don’t know you but I want to

And I don’t wanna steal your freedom
I don’t wanna change your mind
I don’t have to make you love me
I just want to take your time

I don’t wanna wreck your Friday
I ain’t gonna waste my lines
I don’t have to take your heart
I just wanna take your time

And I know it starts with hello
And the next thing you know you’re trying to be nice
And some guys getting too close
Trying to pick you up
Trying to get you drunk

And I’m sure one of your friends is about to come over here
‘Cause she’s supposed to save you from random guys
That talk too much and wanna stay too long
It’s the same old song and dance but I think you know it well

You could have rolled your eyes
Told me to go to hell
Could have walked away
But you’re still here
And I’m still here
Come on let’s see where it goes

I don’t wanna steal your freedom
I don’t wanna change your mind
I don’t have to make you love me
I just wanna take your time

I don’t have to meet your mother
We don’t have to cross that line
I don’t wanna steal your covers
I just wanna take your time

Woah, I don’t wanna go home with you
Woah, I just wanna be alone with you

I don’t wanna steal your freedom
I don’t wanna change your mind
I don’t have to make you love me
I just wanna take your time

And I don’t wanna blow your phone up
I just wanna blow your mind
I don’t have to take your heart
I just wanna take your time

No, I ain’t gotta call you baby
And I ain’t gotta call you mine
I don’t have to take your heart
I just wanna take your time, ooh
Writer/s: MCANALLY, SHANE L. / HUNT, SAM LAWRY / OSBORNE, JOSH

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