Jason Aldean Feat. Kelly Clarkson, ‘Don’t You Wanna Stay’ – Lyrics Uncovered
Hit songwriters Jason Sellers, Andy Gibson and Paul Jenkin, are still riding high from their smash hit, ‘Don’t You Wanna Stay,’ which Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson took to the top of the country singles chart for three straight weeks. While the writers didn’t pull from any specific place for the song’s inspiration, they had a ball park figure of what they wanted to say in the lyrics.
“We started this song at Paul’s house one day,” Sellers tells Taste of Country. “We just wanted to write a love song. We had an idea of what we were targeting. We didn’t write it as a duet. We wrote it, and Andy thought about recording it. After we got the song written, we played it for Jason. Jason Aldean’s idea for it was to make it a duet. They contacted Kelly, and so forth and so on.”
“Songwriting is hard, especially writing a song that is so simple and universal like that,” adds Gibson. “There’s not a whole lot of flowery lyrics or sentiment [in this song]. It’s just straight up what somebody would say to somebody they’d want to be with.”
“Don’t you wanna stay here a little while / Don’t you wanna hold each other tight / Don’t you wanna fall asleep with me tonight / Don’t you wanna stay here a little while / We can make forever feel this way / Don’t you wanna stay,” Aldean and Clarkson sing in the song’s chorus.
“You do want to be poetic when you write songs,” notes Sellers of penning lyrics. “You want to write some magical lines or something special. It’s harder to write the simplest form because it’s harder sometimes just to get in that mode. You’re looking for all of these magical lines, and a lot of times, overlook the simplest line that makes the point. We had to fish around for a while to get it.”
‘Don’t You Wanna Stay’ is still going strong, as it now is climbing the Pop and Hot AC music charts.
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