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There Are Alternate Lyrics To 'I Want It That Way' And It Changes Everything

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You are my fire, the one desire.

These seven words are able to immediately spark a song in your head faster than almost any other. If you were around in the 90s, then you know every word to this Backstreet Boys classic, even though half of them don't make any sense.

We never really understood it when we tried to figure it out in the 90s, but it was still one of the greatest Backstreet Boys songs of all time. Now when you look back, it is easy to see that it's probably about a breakup. He wants it that way, while their partner wants it that way. Get it? Well, it wasn't always this way.

The Backstreet Boys hit may not make a lot of sense, but that's because it never really was meant to. Songwriter Max Martin, was just learning English at the time of writing the hit, and even he admits that it's a lot of jibberish.

"When Max came up with the original idea for the song, it already had the line 'you are my fire, the one desire'. We tried a million different variations on the second verse, and finally we had to go back to what was sounding so great, 'you are my fire, the one desire'. And then we changed it to 'am I your fire, your one desire', which made absolutely no sense in combination with the chorus, but everybody loved it!" Cowritter of the song, Andreas Carlsson said.

But even though they admit that the song doesn't make a lot of sense, there is a second version of the song out there that is even weirder than this one. The alternate version has a completely different set of lyrics and it's enough to confuse any 90s kid.

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