"Wasted On You" is a heartbreak ballad where Morgan Wallen reflects on how he can't get over his ex. The double entendre title references both the bourbon he is knocking back to dull his emotional discomfort and the time and money he wasted on a relationship that didn't work out.
There is also a third meaning to the title as Wallen makes clear the breakup is his fault, and it's not the first time he's blown a romance. My heart wouldn't listen to my head and these boots on my feet Looks like I'm learning the hard way again That's why I've been Wasted on you Wallen's lover was too good for him and he was "wasted" on her.
Wallen co-wrote this song with Josh Thompson, Ernest K. Smith, and Ryan Vojtesa. When he teased the soulful ballad in mid-2020, the country star asked fans if he should include it on his second album. He received an unanimous "yes."
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