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Classic Rock - Aerosmith - I Don't Want to Miss a Thing


Aerosmith - I Don't Want to Miss a Thing - Meaning of the song


After hearing an interview in which James Brolin stated that he missed his wife Barbra Streisand even when he was asleep, Diane Warren was inspired to write this song. She thought this was a wonderful attitude to communicate when she set out to write a song for Armageddon, because the film deals with the eventual destruction of all life on Earth.


Aerosmith's reign as the hottest rock band of the 1990s was prolonged with this song. Get a Grip, their 1993 album, included four hit singles that also did well on MTV. They were as successful as ever, selling out gigs all over the world, thanks to a new generation of fans discovering the group's back library. Nine Lives, their follow-up album, took a long time to complete and wasn't published until 1997. It had a much lower profile, with none of its singles making the Top 25. Aerosmith could still sell out stadiums, but they had to leave the tour in April 1998 after Steven Tyler tore his ACL during a gig in Anchorage.


When the band started their tour at the end of the summer, they were on the decline and faced the possibility of empty seats, but this song saved them. On September 9, "I Don't Want To Miss A Thing" was the number one hit in America, and the tour resumed. The album title proved prophetic, as they re-established themselves as the country's most popular rockers, continuing to produce successes while their contemporaries, such as The Rolling Stones, were forced to rely on their legacies to sell tickets.


I Don't Want to Miss a Thing - Lyrics


I could stay awake just to hear you breathing Watch you smile while you are sleeping While you're far away and dreaming 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 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 Lying close to you feeling your heart beating And I'm wondering what you're dreaming Wondering if it's me you're seeing Then I kiss your eyes and thank God we're together And 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 Well, I just wanna be with you Right here with you, just like this I just wanna hold you close I feel your heart so close to mine And just stay here in this moment For all the rest of time, yeah, yeah, yeah 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'd 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 And I'd 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 I don't wanna miss a thing


Aerosmith - I Don't Want to Miss a Thing - Lyrics



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