You Do the Math

Album: American Saturday Night (2009)


  • This is one of several party songs on American Saturday Night. Paisley explained to Billboard magazine: "I wanted to deal with the weekend scene in America, which is what people are living for these days. Those of us that still have jobs are living for Friday and Saturday. They are going to live it up." He added that this song, "is really an almost Johnny Cash-meets-Merle Haggard, pick-up line song. The chorus says, 'It takes two to make love, baby. I'm sure of that. I'm one, you're one, you do the math.' It's really fun. It starts out mono. It sounds like 1960 and then all of a sudden it goes stereo and it's neat to hear."
  • Billboard asked Paisley what the writing sessions were like for American Saturday Night. He replied: "We wrote most of this at the farm. Between [Kelley Lovelace's] house and my house, we have this old guest house that I've converted into a studio and writing area. We always get together there. There was one night back in December, in the living room was me, Chris [DuBois] and Ashley [Gorley] finishing up 'Then.' In the other room, Robert Arthur and Tim Owens were thinking of another first verse for a song we had written called 'You Do The Math'. Kelley was upstairs by himself writing something that he and I and Chris had been working on. I've never had more fun."


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