Kenny Chesney‘s “Knowing You” is a reflection on those he’s met along the way. Readers can press play above to hear the reminiscent new single.
A simple acoustic guitar line and a bit of pedal steel back Chesney throughout “Knowing You” as he reminisces about a certain someone throughout the verses. He’s nostalgic, but without regrets.
“God, we were so alive / I was a kid on a carnival ride / Holdin’ my breath ’til the moment where you’re gonna leave me too soon,” Chesney sings in the chorus. “I’d do it all over, ’cause, damn, it was good knowing you.”
“We all have those people in our lives, who set you on fire with possibilities, make everything mean more in the moment and forever after that. It’s so technicolor and alive, you may not even realize when you’re in it. But when it’s done, you have to smile because you’re so much more for knowing them, so much more because of every second you shared,” Chesney muses in a press release. “Maybe they left you to chase a dream, maybe circumstances pulled you apart, maybe they died, but wherever they are, you know they’re bringing all that to that place — because that’s what they do. It’s what they did for you, and you can only be grateful for what you experienced.”
Chesney says “Knowing You,” written by Brett James, Adam James and Kat Higgins, “knocked me out” the first time he heard it. “It was such a classic kind of country song you don’t hear any more, and it was so pure,” he says, and it “brought back so much of the innocent hopefulness of country music, and it suggested so many people.”
“And then, the idea you’re wishing the best for the other person, kind of smiling, knowing just what they’re doing and thinking, ‘Yeah, go enjoy the moment …’ is something the best people in our lives make us feel,” the star adds.
“Knowing You” follows Chesney’s latest single, “Here and Now,” the title track of his newest album, released in May. That song hit No. 1 on the country radio charts, after the Top 10 success of the record’s first single, “Tip of My Tongue.”
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