Candy companies make a fortune around Valentine's Day thanks to those sweet little candy hearts stamped with hopeful expressions such as "Kiss Me," "I'm Yours" and "Be Mine." But Hunter Hayes found a songwriting goldmine in the latter message by turning it around and, ultimately, making the best of a bad situation. The result was Hayes' hit "Somebody's Heartbreak."

Released in October of 2012 as the third single from Hayes' self-titled debut album, "Somebody's Heartbreak" was co-written by Hayes, Andrew Dorff and Luke Laird. The song hit No. 1 on the Country Airplay chart and has been certified platinum. Below, Hayes tells The Boot the story behind the song.

There was this girl that I really liked. It's funny, because it was the night before Valentine's Day, and I was trying to think of a cool, clever way to twist the "be mine" thing -- but, at the same time, I was thinking, "Here's this girl that I like. In the back of my mind I know that I'm probably not the guy that she would want to be with. So if we were able to spend time together, she'd probably get bored hanging around with me for too long."

So it was kind of like, "I know you're going to leave." I knew she was interested in somebody else but ... if I could just have one moment, it was exactly that: "If you're gonna be somebody's heartbreak, I'm here. Just sayin', waving my hand, be mine."

This story was originally written by Stephen L. Betts, and revised by Angela Stefano.

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