How Not To

Dan + Shay

About How Not To

"How Not To" is a song recorded by American country music duo Dan + Shay for their second studio album, Obsessed (2016). Written by Adam Hambrick, Paul DiGiovanni, and Kevin Bard, the song is one of only two tracks on the album not co-written by Dan and Shay. A mid-tempo country ballad, the song is about the struggle to move on from a breakup, only for those emotions about the former lover to come back. It was released to country radio September 26, 2016 through Warner Bros. Nashville as the album's second single. The song received positive reviews from critics, who generally praised the duo's vocal performances. "How Not To" gave the duo their third consecutive number-one hit on the Billboard Country Airplay chart. It also peaked at numbers 7 and 57 on both the Hot Country Songs and Hot 100 charts respectively. The song was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), and has sold 158,000 copies as of July 2017. It also charted in Canada, reaching number 25 on the Canada Country chart. Two music videos were made for the song: an "instant grat" where a couple performs an interpretive dance that symbolizes the story from the track, and an official one where actors Katie Stevens and Pierson Fodé portray recovering alcoholics falling in love with each other. 


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2016
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I can honestly understand why it's over
I can go through the motions of walking away 
I can give you the key and take my things back 
I can find plenty things to fill my days 

But I don't know how not to think about you 
When it's late at night and crying
And I know that I ought to be the one who is strong and just moves on
But I probably turn down your road, knock-knock on your door
Fall back in your arms, wake up in the morning
Hating myself for the way that I can't help the way I still want you
I just don't know how not to, how not to, how not to 
I just don't know how not to, how not to, how not to

You're like second nature, baby, you're just like breathin' 
A melody that you hear and you can't forget 
The time goes by and I still need you
Yeah, you were at the heartbreak of no regret

But I don't know how not to think about you 
When it's late at night and crying 
And I know that I ought to be the one who is strong and just moves on
But I probably turn down your road, knock-knock on your door
Fall back in your arms, wake up in the morning
Hating myself for the way that I can't help the way I still want you
I just don't know how not to, how not to, how not to 
I just don't know how not to, how not to, how not to

I don't know how not to think about you
When it's late at night and crying
But I know that I ought to be the one who's strong and just moves on
But I probably turn down your road, knock-knock on your door
Fall back in your arms, wake up in the morning
Hating myself for the way that I can't help the way I still want you 
I just don't know how not to, how not to, how not to 
I just don't know how not to, how not to, how not to

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Dan + Shay

Dan + Shay is an American country music duo composed of vocalists and songwriters Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney. They are signed to Warner Bros. Records Nashville and have released three albums, Where It All Began which produced three top 40 singles on Hot Country Songs and Country Airplay, Obsessed, and Dan + Shay. more »

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Written by: Kevin Bard, Paul Digiovanni, Adam Hambrick

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, OLE MEDIA MANAGEMENT LP, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

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Band and Production
"How Not To" is a song by American country music duo Dan + Shay, composed of members Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney.
Song Release
The song was released in September of 2016 as the second single from their second studio album, "Obsessed."
Writing Credits
"How Not To" was penned down by Adam Hambrick, Paul DiGiovanni, and Kevin Bard, three songwriters who have contributed to other country music hits.
Chart Performance
The song peaked at number one on the Billboard Country Airplay chart, making it the duo's third song to reach this position.
Inspirational Message
The lyrics of "How Not To" tell the story of trying to navigate the difficult process of moving on from a past relationship.
Music Video
The accompanying music video for "How Not To", directed by P. Tracy, showcases a powerful story of two individuals struggling with alcohol addiction and reaching sobriety together.
Critical Recognition
"How Not To" got widespread positive reviews from music critics and was praised for its catchy melody, lyrical depth, and the duo's powerful vocal performances.
Live Performances
Notably, Dan + Shay have performed "How Not To" at some pretty high-profile events, including various country music festivals and the night show circuit.
Marriage Proposal
In one memorable moment, a man proposed to his girlfriend as Dan + Shay performed "How Not To" at a concert in 2016.
Song's Longevity
Even years after its release, "How Not To" remains a popular song in Dan + Shay's catalog, both at their live performances and on streaming platforms.

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