Kenny Chesney’s New Single ‘Here and Now’ Offers Uplifting Message [Listen]
Kenny Chesney has released a new single, a "life-affirming" song titled "Here and Now." The country superstar dropped the new track early Friday morning (Feb. 21).
According to a press release, the song "weighs how we live against what we want."
"You and me, ain’t it good to be alive/ Ain’t no better place, ain’t no better time/ Than here and now," the chorus states.
Click on the video at the top of the story to listen to "Here and Now."
"This song kind of blew my mind,” Chesney states, explaining that it reminds him of the feeling he gets on stage in front of his fans, collectively known as No Shoes Nation.
“But what really got me was the way the song puts everybody on notice," he adds. "It says everything about how we all put off living our lives because there’s so much other stuff to do. Only thing is, that’s exactly how you miss everything that matters! It’s not the big stuff that gets you laughing or breaks the bad momentum, it’s what’s right here if you’ll bother to dial in and really feel it.”
The song was born out of Chesney wanting to reconnect with some of his songwriter friends old-school, just drinking beer, telling stories and writing songs for the pure joy of it. That inspired Craig Wiseman, David Garcia and David Lee Murphy one night as they were returning to their house in Malibu.
“When I heard it, it was everything we’d been talking about,” Chesney shares. “The melody, the rhythm felt like what the song was made of. That line, ‘Everybody’s waiting, but they’re waiting on what? Better get to living, because all we’ve got is...here and now...’ That is the whole deal in two lines. Your life is now, get after it.”
Chesney has not yet announced an album project for 2020, but he's been hinting in recent days. The superstar revealed in January that he had been working on songs for a new project slowly over the course of 18 months, taking his time and working in whatever location he was in. Chesney has recorded songs in Malibu, Nashville, Key West, and even while on tour last year, and he says recording songs "in the moment" has helped him tap into a different vibe.
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Kenny Chesney's "Here and Now" Lyrics:
Seen the skyline in New York City / Fireflies in Tennessee / Sipped a little shine from a paper sack / That'll knock the horns off a Cadillac / I must've sat on a dozen islands / Watched the sun sink into the sea / Been there, done that, got the t-shirt and hat / But my favorite place to be is
Here and now / Nowhere else in this world enough / You and me, ain't it good to be alive? / Ain't no better place, ain't no better time than / Here and now / Everybody's waitin', but they're waiting for what? / Better get to livin', 'cause all we've got is / Here and now
Think I fell in love for the first time / With a girl from Mexico / Thought I found a true love in Malibu but / That water was a little too cold / Yeah, I left a few tears in the rear view / One or two that were hard to forget / Why you think we call the present the present? / 'Cause there ain't no better gift than
A lotta people dreaming 'bout one-day-some-days / Waiting just around the bend (Waiting just around the bend) / I used to be one wonderin' when they'd come / But now I'm livin' in (But now I'm livin' in) / Here and now / Yeah, I'm livin' in the