“woah this is scary good… what do u think?,” Stefani posted to Instagram Monday.
Gwen Stefani’s ‘Don’t Speak’ Started Out as a Love Song
“Don’t Speak,” which is by now a classic breakup anthem, was originally a love song. One day, Stefani strolled into the Anaheim house she was sharing with her brother Eric and her No Doubt bandmates. Eric was playing a melody on the piano that really resonated with her. So the two sat down to write a song.
The early lyrics were an ode to togetherness. “I can see it all in an eye blink/I know everything about how you are/I can understand exactly how you think/Between you and me, it’s not very far.” At the time, Stefani was in the midst of her seven-year relationship with bassist Tony Kanal. Then, when Kanal broke up with Stefani in 1994, the singer was left heartbroken.
“I was in love and obsessed with Tony Kanal, and he knows that,” she said on “The Howard Stern Show” in 2016. “As soon as he opened the car door I was like, ‘I love him. I don’t know why.’”
So Stefani and Eric went back to the drawing board, retreating to the garage to rewrite the song. According to the Independent, they ultimately cycled through multiple versions of the song at their producer’s request.
Finally, they settled on the version that graced No Doubt’s third and now classic album, Tragic Kingdom. While they only released the song in the UK at first, it quickly hit No. 1 on the charts in that country. And Gwen Stefani ultimately catapulted to fame as a singer and songwriter.
‘God’s Country’ Was an Instant Hit
“God’s Country” was written by Devin Dawson, Michael Hardy and Jordan Schmidt. Shelton released it in March of 2019.
The country singer first heard the song while he was driving his skid-steer on his Oklahoma ranch, the Tennessean reports. Shelton’s producer had sent him a text saying that he’d sent Shelton five or six new songs. Fortunately, Shelton had his headphones with him. So he decided to listen to them as he planted 15 acres of alfalfa.
He was instantly blown away by the song. It shocked him, the singer later said.
“I was in a place physically that I consider to be God’s country doing the thing that makes me feel the most connected to God, which is working on the land,” Shelton told the Tennessean. “And I heard that song and I had one of those moments that you hear people talk about… where they say they pulled over on the side of the highway and listened. I literally had that moment.”
Shelton’s producer told him to listen to the other songs. But Shelton turned him down. Forget the other songs, he said. “God’s Country” was what he needed to sing and country music fans needed to hear.
“It was just the sound that was the missing link to where we are in country music now and where we came from,” Shelton said. “It’s almost like a chance to stop and catch your breath and go, ‘We’re still all here. We still like this stuff, too, right?’”
“God’s Country” hit No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart in May of 2019 and went Platinum in July of 2019. It turns out audiences do indeed still like that stuff. Almost as much as they like Shelton’s engagement to Gwen Stefani.