Kenny Chesney – “Somewhere With You”
The first time I heard Kenny Chesney’s latest single “Somewhere With You”, I couldn’t believe that it was the type of song Kenny would sing. But after several listens, it was hard not to imagine Kenny singing this song, and even harder not to fall in love with it. The song isn’t particularly country—the production is filled with steady drumbeats and rocking guitar-groove, leading to a smooth yet brooding mood that Kenny really brings to life.
In the first verse, Kenny starts out by singing “If you’re goin’ out with someone new, I’m goin’ out with someone too. I won’t feel sorry for me, I’m gettin’ drunk when I’d much rather be somewhere with you…” before the song kicks off into a chorus laced with very detailed lyrical descriptions. Kenny recently told Billboard that “Somewhere With You” “killed me when I first heard it. This is a tortured soul song. If you get going with somebody, you’ve been in a relationship and for whatever reason she’s gone or you’re gone… where you’re with somebody and you’re thinking this isn’t necessarily bad, but wow, man it would be really great to be with you. That can be a lot of mental baggage.” The quote from Kenny really describes how this song hits home for me.
The song isn’t without weakness, however, as I do think Kenny could put some more emotion into his voice, but the specific memories in the lyrics really bring home the “tortured soul” feel to the song that Kenny talks about, and the lyrics also help to redeem the song from any vocal shortcomings. The darker side to this song also comes through in the second verse, where the girl in the song says “I hate my life, hold on to me”, before Kenny races back into the chorus. The third verse really ties up the painful emotions of the song, as Kenny sings “If you see me out on the town, and it looks like I’m burnin’ it down, you won’t ask, and I won’t say, but in my heart I’m always somewhere with you.” The unique production and the sorrowful mood of the song, combined with the very detailed lyrics, almost pull you into the experience that the song creates, and as the song trails off, the listener can almost feel the pain—the addiction to the love that the narrator can’t seem to let go or forget about—emoting from Chesney’s voice.
“Somewhere With You” is definitely a welcome change from recent “laid-back” singles, such as “Beer In Mexico” or “Ain’t Back Yet”, which both seemed to lack some sort of depth in the story. We have seen Kenny branch out a bit more recently, as evidenced by his single “Better As A Memory” and recent collaboration “I’m Alive” with Dave Matthews. “Somewhere With You” triumphs over those songs as well, and it is definitely a giant step in the right direction for Kenny. There is a bit of irony here, however, as Kenny nails the vocals down on his laid-back songs, while he could pack a little bit more of an emotional punch into “Somewhere With You”. Still, I find “Somewhere With You” to be one of Kenny’s best singles in many years, and it’s no surprise this one is racing up the charts.