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This upbeat and happy song is the first single to be released by the Grammy Award-winning (for "Lucky
," with Jason Mraz) pop singer-songwriter Colbie Caillat from her third full length album. The tune was written by Caillat and Toby Gad, whose other credits include Beyoncé's "If I Were a Boy
" and Fergie's "Big Girls Don't Cry
." It was produced by Greg Wells (Katy Perry, Kelly Clarkson).
Caillat said this quirky love song is about marriage, but is "supposed to be sort of a joke and is hard to explain." Caillat is not married.
Caillat told PopEater
that though the protagonist is declaring she wants to raise a family and spend the rest of her life with the one she loves, the song is not about getting hitched. Said the Bubbly
singer: "People think the song is about getting married and saying "I do" at the wedding, but it's not. If you listen to the end I say, 'I do love you,' and it's about getting ready to tell that person you're in love with them."
Ethan Lader directed the song's music video - he has also worked on several of Bruno Mars' promos. Caillat told PopEater
about the clip: "The video is me waking up in bed and singing the song. I'm thinking about that guy and then I'm going and doing stuff around the house, and everything in my house kind of portrays the way I'm feeling. There's an alarm clock that you see a smiley face on, and you see a hanger on the door and somehow the door knob and the hanger look like they're smiling. It's all these cool little things when I'm walking around my house. I play with my dog, I start singing to my dog because I'm so happy and giddy. It shows the real moments of when you're not with that person, when you're thinking about them and knowing that you're ready to tell them that you love them."
Though it wasn't Caillat's original intention, the tune has been received as a wedding song. Said the Californian singer to AOL: "Songs are for people to take however they want and to relate them to whatever is going on in their own lives. So if someone wants to have it at their wedding, I think that's cool if they want my song to be a part of their day."
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Caillat did get miffed at the way video directors were interpreting the song. She told AOL: "Every single director who sent treatments in [made it] all [about a] wedding dress, or me at the altar or me dreaming about a wedding. And I was like, 'No. Come on, if you understood the song then you'd know it wasn't about that.'"
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