Go Ahead and Break My Heart

Album: If I'm Honest (2016)
Charted: 70

Songfacts®:

  • This song is a duet between Blake Shelton and his pop star girlfriend Gwen Stefani. "As different as we are musically, we're a fan of the same type of songs," Shelton explained. "We have these playlists that we send each other that are stuff that we loved growing up, and they're so similar, so I think it made it easy for us to collaborate."

    "The song's important to us," he added, "and the fact that we wrote it together is so important to both of us."
  • Shelton and Stefani first began dating shortly after the breakdown of their marriages to Miranda Lambert and Gavin Rossdale respectively. Both were still feeling fragile and this song addresses the struggles that the pair faced at the start of their relationship. "(Go Ahead and Break My Heart is) about some serious insecurities that we had when we first started down this road with each other," Shelton detailed to People. "We both had trust issues. We were getting over it, but we wrote this song about it, and it's perfect."
  • Shelton admitted that he was surprised to be able to pen a song so quickly with his new girlfriend. "I'm insecure about my writing and who I write with, and I don't know - I'm just weird about it sometimes," he said. "I think Gwen has a smaller circle, too, when it comes to writing, and the fact that we went there that early as we were getting to know each other, it's just remarkable."
  • Shelton and Stefani debuted the song live on the May 9, 2016 episode of The Voice.
  • Blake Shelton told Extra's Renee Bargh about the track's inception, saying, "Originally, when I started the song, I was just, I was only trying to impress her, you know, just trying to write her a song to get her excited about me, and I sent her the song half-finished and she wrote the other half of the song, so it's such a 50/50 emotionally invested thing."

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