Is it new music or is it a marriage proposal? It’s difficult to not think that after hearing the new Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani duet, “Nobody But You,” from his new album, Fully Loaded: God’s Countryˆ.
From the start, the lyrics are a declaration of unwavering commitment and eternal love, and sound as much like vows as “for better or worse.” In fact, the chorus intensifies traditional “I dos” and makes them relevant for anyone who needs inspiration for their impending nuptials.
“I don’t want to live without you. / I don’t want to even breathe. / I don’t want to dream about you. / Wanna wake up with you next to me. / I don’t wanna go down any other road now, / I don’t wanna love nobody but you. / Looking in your eyes now if I had to die now, / I don’t wanna love nobody but you.”
Written by Shane McAnally, Ross Copperman, Josh Osborne and Tommy Lee James, the lyric doesn’t just celebrate the relationship, it also recognizes the journey that brought the pair together, which struck a chord with Blake.
He told Nashville Lifestyles, “The lyrics of that song are so on point, not just for me and Gwen, but I think for a lot of people. The song is not a fairytale, but at the same time it’s the most epic, earth-rattling love song I’ve heard in a long time because the lyrics are so honest and just say it how it is.”
Production is on the poppier side of what Blake does, but still remains comfortably in his country zone. Blake and Gwen’s vocals are held as the focal point of the song rising to a crescendo and falling with the arrangement in a way that makes your heart pause for a moment, breathlessly waiting for the next line.