I Go Back

by Kenny Chesney

from the album When The Sun Goes Down


Lyrics

“Jack and Diane” painted a picture of my life and my dreams
Suddenly this crazy world made more sense to me
Well I heard it today and I couldn’t help but sing along
Cause everytime I hear that song

I go back to a two-toned short bed Chevy
Drivin my first love out to the levy
Livin life with no sense of time
And I go back to the feel of a fifty yard line
A blanket, a girl, some raspberry wine
Wishin time would stop right in its tracks
Everytime I hear that song, I go back

I used to rock all night to “Keep On Rockin Me Baby”
Frat parties, college bars, just tryin’ to impress the ladies
I heard it today and I couldn’t help but sing along
Cause everytime I hear that song

I go back to the smell of an old gym floor
And the taste of salt on the Carolina shore
After graduation and drinkin’ goodbye to friends
And I go back to watchin summer fade to fall
Growin up too fast and I do recall
Wishin time would stop right in its tracks
Everytime I hear that song, I go back, I go back

We all have a song that somehow stamped our lives
Takes us to another place and time

So I go back to a pew, preacher, and a choir
Singin’ ’bout God, brimstone, and fire
And the smell of Sunday chicken after church
And I go back to the loss of a real good friend
And the sixteen summers I shared with him
Now “Only The Good Die Young” stops me in my tracks
Everytime I hear that song, I go back

Kenny’s Note

I hear songs every day that take me back to memories of my past. When I hear a certain song, I immediately go back to a high school football locker room, to a girl I was afraid to ask out in class, to hanging out in Myrtle Beach, SC for a really blurry week after graduation, and to the loss of a really good friend. I believe that songs and music stamp our lives and create the movie of our past. Sometimes, if the memory is strong enough, hearing that one song can actually take you back there for a moment.