I Wanna Make You Close Your Eyes

Album: Feel That Fire (2009)
Charted: 52

Songfacts®:

  • This is the third single from Country singer-songwriter Dierks Bentley's fourth album, Feel That Fire.
  • Bentley co-wrote this romantic ballad with his co-producer Brett Beavers.
  • Bentley said this song "can't be more intimate, more one-on-one, man-to-one woman if you tried." He added: "One of the best compliments I can get is when a guy comes up to me and says that one of my songs helped him out at home... maybe helped him smooth something over with his girlfriend or wife. That's the goal with this one."
  • Brett Beavers explained the lyrical content of this song to AOL's The Boot: "When Dierks and I were in the middle of his last album, Feel That Fire, Dierks mentioned to me one day that he thought he might be missing a simple, tender love song. We bounce ideas off each other all the time, whether we are actually in a writing room together or not, so I made a mental note of his suggestion.
    The idea of a woman closing her eyes was interesting to us, and the times she might do that... well, what can I say? It's a pretty sensual visual. We followed that idea in the direction of a love song, and just kind of chased what that moment is like. We talked about the scenario where a man is really needing to be with his woman at the end of the day, after he'd been thinking about her. We began with trying to keep the music fairly simple, to stay out of the way of the lyric, and found a groove we really liked, and a nice swimming melody for the chorus. Since we are just a couple of country boys, writing a song like this was a bit different than writing about a crazy adventure or life in the country, or whatever. We tried to key in on the things we thought a woman would like to hear. This song is all about, 'I wanna be with you,' and finding an interesting and unique way of saying that. I remember in the second verse, we wanted to add a few more visuals so the song could play in the listener's mind, so that's how we approached it. That was pretty much it... trying to stay focused on the simplicity of an emotion and keep it tender. We carried this approach forward when recording it for the album, both of us knowing that melody, lyric, groove and production, when all pointed in the same direction, can make a song ring more honest and true. I'm very happy with the outcome of the song."

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