Boats

by Kenny Chesney, Dean Dillon, Scotty Emerick

from the album Lucky Old Sun


Lyrics

Ol’ Joe’s got a Boston whaler
He bought in Key Biscane
He swears since the day he’s got her
she’s been nothin’ but a pain
when the sun’s at his back
And the winds in his face
It’s just him and the wheel
He wouldn’t take a million
For the way it makes him feel

Boats
vessels of freedom
Harbors of healing
Boats

Newport is where John hung his hat
Til he lost his wife Jo
Now forty feet of sail antique
Is where Ol’ John calls home
He watched his life pass before his eyes
In the middle of a hurricane
Came out alive on the other side
That’s where The Other Side got its name

Boats
vessels of freedom
Harbors of healing
Boats

Twenty years of a landlocked job
Was all that Tom could take
Sitting at his desk
All alone and depressed
Says this just can’t be my fate
Went home that night and told his wife
You can tell all of your friends
It’s been real but it ain’t been fun
Gonna get us one of them

Boats
Vessels of freedom
Harbors of healing
Boats

Vessels of freedom
Boats

Kenny’s Note

People who have boats in their lives tend to rely on them emotionally. For some, it’s freedom. For some, it’s healing. For some, they spill drinks on ‘em. For others, it’s a way to get on with your life
. For me, it was both extremes. And this song literally came about literally. We were tied to a mooring in St. Croix and there were people close by looking at my boat with binoculars. The part of me that feels on display at the zoo wanted to disappear for a while, but the free-spirited part of me decided to get in the dinghy and to say “hello.” Once the shock wore off that it was us, the guy started telling me his story; how he was from Newport, Rhode Island and had sailed down with his daughter. He’d lost his wife, so he sold everything to buy the boat that he calls home now. He’d not necessarily been through a hurricane but when his wife died, a storm tore through his life and made him really look at everything. Eventually, I went back to the bow of my boat to watch the sunset but I realize that if he and I were doing it, a lot of other people are also. Boats become a refuge and a safe harbor for people. And that’s a pretty amazing thing.