“I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing”

“I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing”

From Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Story Behind the Song

Diane Warren
“I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing”

Written by Diane Warren
Recorded by Aerosmith for Armageddon

I got the title for this song from a story I heard about an interview that James Brolin did. Talking about his relationship with Barbra Streisand, he said that he missed her when he went to sleep at night. The idea stayed with me. This is what every woman wants to hear from a man. I’ve never felt that way (except about my songwriting), but I could still write about it.

I sometimes do “method writing.” I am able to become the person I’m writing about. And for Steven Tyler and Aerosmith to sing it — wow!! It was also a #1 country hit for Mark Chesnutt. People take songs like this into their hearts — it’s very cool.

I have a great life and I can touch lives. I’m blessed to be able to do that. I can still sit in a room and write the same way I did when I was 13. I knew when I was little that this is what I wanted to do. Writing songs is the reason for me to be here.

“I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing”

I could stay awake just to hear you breathin’

Watch you smile while you are sleepin’

While you’re far away and dreamin’

I could spend my life in this sweet surrender

I could stay lost in this moment — forever

Every moment spent with you is a moment I treasure.

I don’t wanna close my eyes

I don’t wanna fall asleep

’Cause I’d miss you baby

And I don’t wanna miss a thing

’Cause even when I dream of you

The sweetest dream would never do

I’d still miss you baby

And I don’t wanna miss a thing.

Lyin’ close to you

Feelin’ your heart beatin’

And I’m wondering what your dreamin’

Wonderin’ if it’s me you’re seein’.

Then I kiss your eyes

And thank God we’re together

I just wanna stay with you in this moment forever, forever and ever.

I don’t wanna close my eyes

I don’t wanna fall asleep

’Cause I’d miss you baby

And I don’t wanna miss a thing

’Cause even when I dream of you

The sweetest dream would never do

I’d still miss you baby

And I don’t wanna miss a thing.

I don’t wanna miss one smile

I don’t wanna miss one kiss

I just wanna be with you right here with you

Just like this.

I just wanna hold you close

A feel your heart so close to mine

And just stay here in this moment, for all the rest of time

Yeah (yeah) Yeah (yeah) yyyeeeaaahhh…. .

Don’t wanna close my eyes

Don’t wanna fall asleep

’Cause I’d miss you baby

And I don’t wanna miss a thing

’Cause even when I dream of you

The sweetest dream would never do

I’ll still miss you baby

And I don’t wanna miss a thing.

I don’t wanna close my eyes

I don’t wanna fall asleep

’Cause I’d miss you baby

And I don’t wanna miss a thing

’Cause even when I dream of you

The sweetest dream would never do

I’ll still miss you baby

And I don’t wanna miss a thing

Don’t wanna close my eyes

I don’t wanna fall asleep yeah

And I don’t wanna miss a thing.

Lyrics and Music by Diane Warren. © 1998 Realsongs, Inc.

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