May 13.2014 – The Story Behind “Who Are You When I’m Not Looking by Blake Shelton

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The Boot sat down with songwriter John Wiggins to discuss how he and co-writer Earl Bud Lee came to write Blake Shelton‘s No. 1 hit, ‘Who Are You When I’m Not Looking,’ which was actually first cut by Joe Nichols. The two wrote the song one drizzly October day in 2003, after Bud shared with John a song title he’d been carrying around for awhile … which happened to be the exact same words John had scribbled on a cocktail napkin a year before!

Neither one of us knew the other had the same idea. I had written it down on a cocktail napkin at a restaurant about a year before Bud and I even talked about it. I’d thrown the idea out to a songwriting buddy of mine, but he said it wasn’t his kind of thing. So I just put it away for awhile, because he shot it down. I thought, well I guess this isn’t that good of an idea, anyway. [laughs]

Bud and I would always go to the same place for lunch, the Mojo Grill … and we kept talking about hooking up writing, because we kept running into each other during lunch. One day he called and said, ‘I have a song idea I want the two of us to get together and write.’ I asked him what it was, and he said, ‘who are you when I’m not looking’ … and I said, ‘I’ve got the same idea on a cocktail napkin, and I’d put it away!’ So it was meant to be!

So we hooked up one day in 2003 and spent the whole day writing the song. I remember being tired at the end of the day. It was dark, and I had my back door open and it was drizzling rain … a nice, cool October evening. We’d worked on the song over and over and over, until we had it just the way we wanted it.

When we finished, we knew we had something special. I wanted to demo the song, but I just felt like something was missing. It didn’t have that little release in it — that “I wanna know, I wanna know, I wanna know … ” part. It wasn’t ‘releasing’ — we say in songwriter terms. This tense lyric all the way through was a question, and it never really resolved or made you exhale, so to speak. I told Bud I wanted to put it on a demo session, but that it’s not releasing, and that maybe we could think about it that night before recording it. I knew it was a good song, even without any kind of release. But it just felt like it needed to exhale. And then we came up with that, “I wanna know, I wanna know, I wanna know … ” Without that, I don’t think it would’ve been recorded. It answers the question: who are you when I’m not looking? I wanna know.

Source: The Boot

It became Shelton’s eighth number one single on the country chart dated March 5, 2011. It has sold 1,098,000 copies in the United States as of June 2013.

LYRICS: Written by John Wiggins and Earl Bud Lee
My oh my, you’re so good-looking
Hold yourself together like a pair of bookends
But I’ve not tasted all your cooking
Who are you when I’m not looking?

Do you pour a little something on the rocks?
Slide down the hallway in your socks?
When you undress, do you leave a path?
Then sink to your nose in a bubble bath?

My oh my, you’re so good-looking
Hold yourself together like a pair of bookends
But I’ve not tasted all your cooking
Who are you when I’m not looking?

I wanna know
I wanna know
I wanna know

Do you break things when you get mad?
Eat a box of chocolates ’cause you’re feelin’ bad?
Do you paint your toes ’cause you bite your nails?
Call up momma when all else fails?

Who are you when I’m not around?
When the door is locked and the shades are down?
Do you listen to your music quietly?
And when it feels just right, are you thinkin’ of me?

I wanna know
I wanna know
I wanna know

My oh my, you’re so good-looking
But who are you when I’m not looking?

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