While Kenny Chesney is known for the beach and parties, he’s also able to tap into people’s emotions and bring them a song that’s about real life. Even if it’s no easy subject matter.
“There Goes My Life” is the song about a couple in high school that gets pregnant and has to navigate life in the coming years as their daughter continues to grow. But what you might not know is the true story that inspired the song.
The hit was written by songwriter Wendell Mobley and Neil Thrasher, who happened to be really good friends. Even though they had known each other for years, Neil was about to learn something monumental from Wendell. Neil pitched a song idea about a high school boy who gets his girlfriend pregnant – but they hang in there and make it. He shared that he already had a song title – “There Goes My Life.”
Wendell then shared with Neil that he had fathered a daughter as a high schooler. However, his daughter died when she was one year old. Her birthday was around the time that they began writing the song. The two hunkered down and through the tears, poured out the emotion into carefully crafted lyrics. It was like therapy for the two, particularly for Wendell.
Chesney recorded the song and released it to the radio as it stormed up the charts spending seven weeks at number one from December 2003-January 2004.
It’s a powerful song that really speaks to true love and the value of life. It’ll rock you to your core. Everyone can take something out of the song, whether it’s putting your child on the bus for the first time or moving away from your parents to go to college. So much of country music is about the lyrics and how real a song is. This song just might be the gold standard.