In September that 2010, Blake Shelton released "Who space You when I'm not Looking" -- initially recorded by Joe Nichols, for his 2007 album Real Things -- together a solitary from his All about Tonight EP ... And also took the track to the top of the charts in beforehand 2011. Songwriters Earl Bud Lee and John Wiggins created "Who are You when I'm not Looking" back in October the 2003, ~ above a nastiness day, after ~ Lee shared with Wiggins a song title the he'd to be carrying roughly for a while. Those words simply so happened to be the precise same ones that Wiggins had scribbled top top a cocktail napkin a year before.

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Neither one of us knew the other had actually the exact same idea. I had actually written it under on a cocktail napkin in ~ a restaurant about a year prior to Bud and I also talked about it. I'd thrown the idea out to a songwriting buddy of mine, but he claimed it wasn't his sort of thing. Therefore I just put the away because that awhile, due to the fact that he shot the down. I thought, "Well, ns guess this isn't that an excellent of one idea anyway." <Laughs>

Bud and also I would constantly go come the same ar for lunch, the Mojo Grill ... And we preserved talking about hooking up writing, due to the fact that we preserved running right into each other during lunch. At some point he called and said, "I have a tune idea I desire the two of us to gain together and write." ns asked him what the was, and also he said, "Who space You when I'm no Looking" ... And I said, "I've acquired the exact same idea ~ above a cocktail napkin, and also I'd placed it away!" So the was intended to be!

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So we hooked up one day in 2003 and also spent the entirety day composing the song. Ns remember being tired at the end of the day. It was dark, and also I had my earlier door open, and it was drizzling rain ... A nice, cool October evening. We'd worked on the tune over and also over and also over, till we had actually it just the method we wanted it. When us finished, us knew we had actually something special.

I want to demo the song, yet I just felt favor something to be missing. That didn't have that little release in the -- the "I wanna know, i wanna know, ns wanna recognize ..." part. It wasn't "releasing," us say in songwriter terms; this it s too dirty lyric every the way through was a question, and also it never ever really addressed or made you exhale, so come speak. Ns told Bud I want to put it on a demo session, however that it's no releasing, and that probably we might think about it the night before recording it. I knew it was a good song, even without any type of kind the release, but it simply felt prefer it essential to exhale. And then we came up with that "I wanna know, ns wanna know, ns wanna understand ..." without that, i don't think the would've to be recorded. That answers the question: Who are you as soon as I'm no looking? i wanna know.