Nowhere To Go, Nowhere To Be

by Kenny Chesney

from the album Lucky Old Sun


Lyrics

Like an empty bottle washed up by the waves
Like an old schooner slippin’ slowly to its grave
Like ghosts of old sailors caught somewhere in time
Like a lone palm that’s watched the world unwind

Nowhere to go and nowhere to be
Trinidad Charlie on a stool next to me
Reading his book about the “Have And Have Nots”
In between chapters we take another shot
And one by one we slide from reality
With nowhere to go, and no where to be

There’s jerk chicken grilling on a grill
Sure feels good for some time to be still
Even if its only for a little while
The Sight of those sails in the wind makes me smile

Nowhere to go and nowhere to be
Trinidad Charlie on a stool next to me
Reading his book about the “Have And Have Nots”
In between chapters we take another shot
And one by one we slide from reality
With nowhere to go, and no where to be

Days turn into night
When you’re stuck in still life

Nowhere to go and nowhere to be
Trinidad Charlie on a stool next to me
Reading his book about the “Have And Have Nots”
In between chapters we take another shot
And one by one we slide from reality
With nowhere to go, and no where to be

Kenny’s Note

I spent a day, literally, at a bar passing the time away. It was the middle of my 2006 tour, and I was just mentally exhausted. I had only 3 days, I’d gone alone. I just drove around in my Jeep all over the island and ended up on the other side; me, and a pen, and a napkin at this mahogony bar writing down lines for this song. There was a guy sitting next to me reading To Have And Have Not by Hemingway. I got there at 11:30 to have lunch and left about 6 pm. I just went out and sat on the beach with a beer, took a deep breath, got back in my Jeep and drove home. It was the first time in a long time my heart was still. My mind and my soul were still. I hadn’t felt that in a long time and I’d almost forgotten the feeling. Far awar from expectations and being “That Guy.” But there are a lot of things down there that exist as almost still life because they move so slow – and I got back in touch with that – sitting beside Charlie – watching the day slide away. That’s where this whole album was born and I am proud of that fact.