''I Want It That Way'' was a play with words. There’s really not much story, although our hero seems concerned about his relationship. When Max Martin 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!'' - Andreas Carlsson (songwriter)
''The song makes no sense. There was a completely different version of the song that actually made sense, and thankfully we decided to go back to the one that didn’t make sense. I don’t think it would’ve been as big as it was, had it made sense. It means whatever each individual's interpretation is, is what it means. It's one of those songs that doesn't have to mean anything! It just doesn't.'' - AJ McLean
''There are a lot of songs out there like that that don't make sense, but make you feel good when you sing along to them, and that's one of them.'' - Kevin Richardson
''THE STORY BEHIND THE SONG''
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