Kenny Chesney is returning to his roots with his new radio single, “Knowing You.”
The classic country waltz, which appears on the superstar’s 2020 album, Here & Now, finds Chesney crooning over a loved one who’s no longer in the picture. Throughout the heartfelt lyrics, he admits he would be willing to do it all again knowing just how special it all was.
“But, God, we were so alive/ I was a kid on a carnival ride/ Holdin’ my breath till the moment/ When you were gonna leave me too soon/ But I’d do it all over/ ‘Cause, damn, it was good knowin’ you,” he sings on the chorus.
“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,” Chesney says. “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.
“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,” he adds. “It’s what they did for you, and you can only be grateful for what you experienced.”
“Knowing You” is reminiscent of some of Chesney’s earlier releases and that’s not by accident.
“It sounds like coming home in a lot of ways,” he acknowledges. “This is the essence of all the music that country is. When you hear this, something inside tingles, because it’s more than production tricks, the guitars, or how hard the drums hit, it’s just so pure… Country at its very best is true, it’s from the heart. ‘Knowing You’ is just that, it’s all heart.”
“Knowing You” was co-written by Brett James, Adam James and Kat Higgins. Click above to listen.