I Want a Love

Album: Never Enders (2016)

Songfacts®:

  • This playful riff on modern love marked a milestone for Lonestar. It was the first song in the band's vast catalog to be written by all four members (lead vocalist Richie McDonald, guitarist Michael Britt, drummer Keech Rainwater and keyboardist Dean Samms). "We were doing a sound check," Dean Samms recalled. "As I walked on stage Michael was playing this cool guitar riff over and over. I immediately grabbed my phone and recorded what he was playing."

    Michael Britt continued the story: "So Dean, Richie and me were writing one day and before we got started Dean said he had recorded something at a sound check that I was playing he thought was cool. After he played it for us Richie said, 'You know what? Keech called me the other day with an idea I think could be really good: "I want a love that I can sink my teeth into."' But we changed it to 'a love I could sink my heart into.'"

    Keech Rainwater added: "I was a driving down the road and the idea just popped into my head: 'I want a love that I can sink my teeth into.' It sounded kind of creepy, but I still called Richie and asked if he'd ever heard a song with that hook in it. He said, 'Not that I can remember. That's a good idea.'"

    "So," Dean Samms concluded, "we ended up taking Michael's guitar riff and Keech's hook and turned into 'I Want a Love.'"

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