Swedish songwriter and producer Andreas Carlsson wrote this. He also helped write "It's Gonna Be Me," as well as "That's The Way It Is" by Celine Dion and "I Want It That Way
" by The Backstreet Boys.
The song is about a guy who has reached the end of his patience in his relationship and is ready to leave. "Don't want to be a fool for you," he tells the girl as he shows her the door.
This was the first single from No Strings Attached, which was the second 'N Sync album. It set a record, selling 2.4 million copies the first week it was out.
This was N'Sync's first album released on Jive Records. Claiming their manager, Lou Pearlman, was taking almost all of their profits, the group sued to leave him and the RCA label and singed with Jive. This led to speculation that the song was about their break with Pearlman, although there's no evidence to support this: the song is about a boy who wants to leave a girl he used to love, and his feelings about their relationship.
For the 2000 American Music Awards, they had Sid and Marty Krofft, who had worked on H.R. Pufnstuf and Land Of The Lost, design 25-foot puppets of the band. The Kroffts sued when photos of the puppets were used on souvenir programs and backstage passes without their permission, but the case was thrown out of court.
Billboard announced in December 2009 that No Strings Attached was the best-selling album of the 2000s in the US with over 10 million copies sold.
JC Chasez said during an episode of Making the Video: "The song is a love song, but it's about kissing somebody off after they burned you."
The video was directed by Wayne Isham and features 'N Sync as puppets controlled by an evil puppetress played by Kim Smith. The Friday Night Lights
actress also appeared in the clip for the boy band's song "It's Gonna Be Me
In a 2017 Super Bowl commercial for the beverage Bai, Christopher Walken quotes some lines from this song before we see that Justin Timberlake is sitting next to him. Says Walken:
I don't want to make it tough
I just want to tell you that I've had enough
It might sound crazy but it ain't no lie baby
Bye bye bye