Hear Kenny Chesney’s Hopeful New Single, ‘Get Along’
New music is here, Kenny Chesney fans! Press play above to hear the country star's brand-new single, "Get Along."
Per a press release, "Get Along" was written by Shane McAnally, Ross Copperman and Josh Osborne and is the first song off what's described as Chesney's "most personal album to date." Osborne tells Taste of Country that he and his co-writers weren't "making a conscious decision to write it 'about' the world, but I think the way the world is right now, it's in all of our subconscious and we're all feeling it."
"We weren't trying to write a song that did that, but it was something that was on our hearts ... I think we were just trying to get it out of us and onto the page so it would hopefully translate to other people," he adds. "We live in such a fractured world right now, hopefully it would be seen as, 'We're all in this together.'"
The mid-tempo track invites listeners to, as its title says, get along with others and find a way to live peacefully and in harmony.
“Some days, it’s like the world is just angry, screaming people, all harping on what’s wrong, how other people are awful. The more I move around, talking to people, though, the more I know people are seeking the same things, working hard to get by and hoping for the best for their family and friends," Chesney says in the release. "It’s simple, but we keep getting driven apart -- and made unhappy."
Lyrics of "Get Along" include "Get along on down the road / We’ve got a long, long way to go / Scared to live, scared to die / We ain’t perfect, but we try …;” the song invites listeners to “paint a wall, learn to dance, call your mom, buy a boat, drink a beer, sing a song, make a friend.” Chesney says he was drawn to "how good the rhythm felt," but also to how McAnally, Copperman and Osborne "broke all this stuff down" in the song's lyrics.
“To me, music is what you make it, and I want music that sounds good, but also gives you permission to really live. I think we can get so caught up in expectations, our own and other people’s, and we forget what matters," Chesney says. "You know, the song says, ‘You find out when you die, the keys to heaven can’t be bought / We still don’t know what love is, but we sure know what it’s not …’ That’s real. We’re here such a short time, this song reminds us all how to get together, get along and enjoy the ride.”
In addition to releasing new music, Chesney is preparing to hit the road for the summer. His 2018 Trip Around the Sun Tour will begin on April 21.
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