In this song, Niemann asks an old flame why she keeps calling him. The singer told The Boot
that penning the song proved therapeutic for him, and subsequently for others who have had the same experience. Said Niemann: "'What Do You Want,' I jokingly describe as the first song I ever wrote from my heart, not my liver. As a guy, loving Country music the way I do, everything I wanted to write I wanted it to be like my heroes and wanted their stamp of approval if they ever could have heard it. But I got the advice from a friend who's not even in the music industry, she just said, 'Do you think Willie [Nelson] and Waylon Jennings are traditional country?' I said, 'Of course.' She said, 'When they came out, they were progressive and edgy and changed music with "The Outlaws" album.' And it dawned on me that it was true. Why would I want to say something that's been said a million times? Those guys said it and that made me want to move to Nashville. Now it's our job to say something out there to show people why they should love country music. 'What Do You Want' was the first song I ever wrote with that state of mind, not caring what format it was, just literally writing something I needed to get out of my system. It was the first song that I ever posted on the Internet that had bitter and jaded songwriters, like myself, in Nashville calling me, saying, 'Where did this song come from?' Usually that doesn't happen."