October 22, 2014 12:00 PM

JAKE SINCLAIR WAS GEARING UP FOR A WRITING session with 5SOS when he was out on an errand. “I came up with it when I was in line buying underwear at American Apparel,” says Sinclair, the L.A.-based writer-producer, 29, of the first single’s supercatchy chorus. “I was like, ‘That’ll be perfect for these kids!'” He proposed the idea to Ashton and Michael last fall when they got together to write in L.A., and “Ashton was immediately onboard, like, ‘Let’s do it!'” The hit came together in two days. “They jumped in, and we cranked out the rest of the words,” Sinclair—who’s worked with everyone from Taylor Swift to Fall Out Boy—says of the “easy, natural” writing process. “It happened pretty quickly. It doesn’t usually happen that way. This one’s like the little engine that could.”

BEHIND The LYRICS

Hey, hey, hey, hey

Hey, hey, hey

Hey, hey, hey, hey

Hey, hey, hey

Simmer down, simmer down

They say we’re too young now to amount to anything else

But look around

We work too damn hard for this just to give it up now

If you don’t swim, you’ll drown

But don’t move, honey

You look so perfect standing there

In my American Apparel underwear

And I know now, that I’m so down

Your lipstick stain is a work of art

I got your name tattooed in an arrow heart

And I know now, that I’m so down

Hey! Hey, hey, hey, hey

Hey, hey, hey

Let’s get out, let’s get out

‘Cause this deadbeat town’s only here just to keep us down

While I was out, I found myself alone just thinking

If I showed up with a plane ticket

And a shiny diamond ring with your name on it

Would you wanna run away too?

‘Cause all I really want is you

You look so perfect standing there

In my American Apparel underwear

And I know now, that I’m so down

I made a mixtape straight out of ’94

I’ve got your ripped skinny jeans lying on the floor

And I know now, that I’m so down

Hey! Hey, hey, hey, hey

Hey, hey, hey

You look so perfect standing there

In my American Apparel underwear

And I know now, that I’m so down

Your lipstick stain is a work of art

I got your name tattooed in an arrow heart

And I know now, that I’m so down

Hey! Hey, hey, hey, hey

Hey, hey, hey

You look so perfect standing there

In my American Apparel underwear

And I know now, that I’m so down (hey)

Your lipstick stain is a work of art (hey, hey)

I got your name tattooed in an arrow heart (hey, hey)

And I know now, that I’m so down (hey, hey)

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