Who Are You When I'm Not Looking

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"Who Are You When I'm Not Looking"
Single by Blake Shelton
from the album All About Tonight
Released September 6, 2010
Format Music download
Genre Country
Length 3:09
Label Reprise Nashville
Songwriter(s) Earl Bud Lee
John Wayne Wiggins
Producer(s) Scott Hendricks
Blake Shelton singles chronology
"All About Tonight"
"Who Are You When I'm Not Looking"
"Honey Bee"
"All About Tonight"
"Who Are You When I'm Not Looking"
"Honey Bee"

"Who Are You When I'm Not Looking" is a song written by Earl Bud Lee and John Wayne Wiggins and recorded by American country music artist Joe Nichols for his 2007 album Real Things.[1] Blake Shelton covered the song for his EP All About Tonight, from which it was released as a single in September 2010. His version debuted at number 51 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart in September 2010.[2]


The song is a ballad in which the narrator wants to know the characteristics his lover's hiding from him (e.g. "Do you paint your toes 'cause you bite your nails?").

Music video[edit]

The Blake Shelton music video premiered on October 1, 2010 during CMT's Big New Music Weekend. It was voted GAC's No. 1 video of 2010.

Critical reception[edit]

Matt Bjorke of Roughstock gave the song a four-out-of-five-star rating, calling it a "list song," but the lyrics "an emotion in which anyone who has been in love will certainly relate to."[3] Jim Malec of American Twang gave the song a thumbs-up review, calling it an "intimate rumination on the mystery of a beautiful, graceful woman."[4] Karlie Justus of Engine 145 gave the song a thumbs-up. She thought that Blake Shelton's performance was "flatter" than Joe Nichols's, but said that the lyrics were "grounded and honest."[1] Gary Graff of Billboard also described the song positively, saying that it "mixes humor and pathos with a sweet melody and a wry attitude."[5]

Chart performance[edit]

"Who Are You When I'm Not Looking" debuted at number fifty-one on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs for the week of September 18, 2010. It became Shelton's eighth number one single on the country chart dated March 5, 2011. It has sold 1,098,000 copies in the United States as of June 2013.[6]

Preceded by
"Someone Else Calling You Baby"
by Luke Bryan
Billboard Hot Country Songs
number-one single

March 5, 2011
Succeeded by
"Don't You Wanna Stay"
by Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson


  1. ^ a b Justus, Karlie (October 27, 2010). "Blake Shelton – "Who Are You When I'm Not Looking"". Engine 145. Retrieved October 29, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Who Are You When I'm Not Looking" Debuts at #51
  3. ^ Bjorke, Matt (September 7, 2010). "Blake Shelton – "Who Are You When I'm Not Looking"". Roughstock. Retrieved 2010-10-15. 
  4. ^ Malec, Jim (September 8, 2010). "Blake Shelton – "Who Are You When I'm Not Looking"". American Twang. Retrieved 2010-10-15. 
  5. ^ Graff, Gary (July 30, 2010). "All About Tonight review". Billboard. Retrieved October 29, 2010. 
  6. ^ a b Paul Grein (June 12, 2013). "Week Ending June 9, 2013. Songs: Pretty Fly For A White Guy". Chart Watch. Yahoo Music. 
  7. ^ "Blake Shelton Chart History (Canadian Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved January 29, 2011.
  8. ^ "Blake Shelton Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved January 29, 2011.
  9. ^ "Blake Shelton Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved January 29, 2011.
  10. ^ "Best of 2011: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2011. Retrieved December 10, 2011. 
  11. ^ "American single certifications – Blake Shelton – Who Are You When I%27m Not Looking". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved March 17, 2013.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH

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