Everybody's Got Somebody But Me

Album: Hunter Hayes (2011)
Charted: 77

Songfacts®:

  • This plucky acoustic jaunt finds the narrator, surrounded by happy couples, bemoaning his inability to find someone to love. Hayes sings at the opening:

    "I wish the couple on the corner would just get a room
    Seems like everyone around me is on their honeymoon
    I'd love to take a pin to a heart-shaped balloon
    Everybody's got somebody but me."
  • Hunter Hayes penned the song with producer Dave Brainard (Jerrod Niemann, Brandy Clark) and Jennifer Zuffinetti (Florida Georgia's Line's "Country In My Soul"). He recalled walking into their songwriting session with some lyrics about feeling isolated in a world of couples after a recent dating experience had left him feeling rather melancholy. "I found myself hanging out with this person and yet not hanging out with this person," remembered Hayes. "I went to this party or something, and most of the night I felt kind of invisible. I didn't know anybody there, I felt really out of place. I'm naturally awkward anyway, so it didn't really help. I remember how alone I felt. It made me sort of miss other [dating] scenarios in the past where that wasn't the case."
  • Hayes cut the song for his self-titled debut album. When he decided to re-release the record two years later, he called on pop artist Jason Mraz to accompany him. Zuffinetti recalled to Billboard magazine that after they'd completed writing the song, Brainard and her thought it sounded so much like a Mraz tune that they thought Hayes would never be able to do anything with it. "The day we wrote it, Hunter left and I turned to Dave and was like, 'Well, we're not gonna get that cut. It sounds too much like Jason Mraz,'" she remembered "Here we are now, and Hunter cut it with Jason! I couldn't even believe it. Too weird."
  • Hayes' collaboration with Mraz was born from a meeting at an event hosted by the Grammys' charitable arm MusiCares. "I met Hunter at the MusiCares dinner about a year ago," Mraz told Radio.com. "We talked about collaborating, he emailed me a song he was in the process of working on, I lent my two cents, all by email. Then a couple of months later, we found ourselves appearing on each other's stages, because we had a reason. Then it flowed from that session to more jam sessions."
  • This wasn't Mraz's first collaboration with a country artist. He also co-wrote the Zac Brown Band's single "Jump Right In."

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