Wanted

Album: Here in the Real World (1990)

Songfacts®:

  • Penned by Alan Jackson with Charlie Craig, this song describes a classified ad placed by the singer that describes what he wants from a romantic partner.

    Wanted, one good hearted woman
    To forgive imperfection in the man that she loves
  • The lyrics were inspired by a poster. Jackson recalled the story behind the song during the Nashville stop of his Honky-Tonky Highway Tour, Jackson shared the story behind "Wanted" with the large crowd. (Source The Boot):

    "I was playing this bar in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. Back then, we'd play the whole week; we'd play every night, five or six nights, from about seven or eight at night until about two in the morning.

    It was our first night there, and I was wore out. I had driven the van. I was kind of peculiar about my van — I wouldn't let any of my boys drive it. So after I drove the van, set up, did the soundcheck, I went back to the hotel, took a shower, and we did the set. By the time we got through, I had been awake for 43 hours or something like that. But I was young, and I liked Mountain Dew a lot.

    I woke up the next day, and it was pouring down rain, and I was in this motel in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. With nothing to do, I thought I'd try to write a song. I was sitting there with my guitar, kind of strumming around. I had the TV on, and this ol' John Wayne western was playing. The dude walked into this bar, saw this poster was over his head, and I started singing this chorus, 'Wanted.'"
  • Jackson recorded the song on June 26, 1989. It was released 11 months later on May 28, 1990 as the third single from Jackson's debut album. It peaked at #3 on the country chart, becoming his second consecutive Top 5 hit.

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