This simple and direct heartfelt plea is the first single by the American pop-rock band Plain White T's from their sixth studio album, The Wonders of the Younger.
The song features lead singer Tom Higgenson
on harmony vocals only, with guitarist Tim Lopez taking the lead vocal duties on the track.
Lopez also wrote this song. He explained the real-life story behind it: "It was written for this girl that I was dating while we were making our last album out in Malibu. We have a lot of history; I've known her since I was 11 or 12. I wasn't really emotionally available to her at the time. I hadn't completely gotten over my divorce, so when the band left on tour, I decided it wasn't right to try to keep the relationship going so we called it quits. It was only over the last year or so that I've realized what I walked away from. The song was an attempt to rekindle things and win her back. She's currently dating someone else, and I'm happy for her. But in case it doesn't work out… who knows?"
Plain White T's are best known for "Hey There Delilah
," a #1 hit in 2007, but they had some other notable hits, including "Rhythm Of Love," which was certified Platinum for selling a million digital copies.
The song has a markedly gentle feel to most of the band's previous material. "It's a distinct style change than what we've done in the past," said Lopez. "Just with that island-y scratch guitar - it's the sound I heard in my head when it came to writing a song for her."
Lopez discussed this song with Alternative Press magazine: "It's great when a song comes easily, and this was one of them. I had wanted to come up with a simple love song for my ex-girlfriend for a while, but when I got back to my hometown of Santa Barbara, California, this song just rolled off the top of my head. I was sitting on the porch of the house I grew up in and just started humming the chords. Within a few hours, I had most of the lyrics written. When songs are truly inspired, it makes writing so enjoyable. This particular girl was all I could think about at the time."
This was used in the 2011 One Tree Hill episode "Valentine's Day Is Over," and also in the movies Yogi Bear (2010) and No Strings Attached (2011).