August 11.2015 – Story Behind “Pirate Flag” by Kenny Chesney

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The lead single from Kenny Chesney’s sixteenth studio album was written by David Lee Murphy and Ross Copperman. Ross is a native of Roanoke and Glenvar High School graduate.

According to Chesney, it is an anthem that rebels against the mundane “9-to-5.” “No matter how you live, there is that part of you that yearns to be free, to say, ‘What the hell …’ and just do what you want to do! That’s what this song is all about,” he explained. “You can just say, “Enough,’ even if it’s only in your mind, while you’re watching your boss’ mouth move and are dreaming of whatever gets you off … You can fly your pirate flag in your head, tack it up behind your computer at work, tattoo it under your skin – and no one has to know.”

“I was over at Ross’ house, and we were just sitting there playing … goofing around,” Murphy recalls to Roughstock. “He had a little groove for a song. He started playing it … like a mandolin thing. I thought, man, that’s cool! It was just different. It sounded like pirate music to me. I was just thinking about it, and I had this title, ‘Pirate Flag.’ I knew Kenny was on the verge of getting ready to cut. It just made sense to put my idea with his music because it sounded like pirate music. When that title popped into my head, I said what about this, and Ross started messing around with it. We just kind of put it together. Soon enough, we had a ‘pirate flag and an island girl.’

“They sent it to Kenny, and Kenny liked it,” adds Murphy. “It just sounded like Kenny to me … just like him. But there are a lot of times – like when Ben Hayslip and I wrote ‘The Only Way I Know’ (Jason Aldean) – there are just certain artists you hear songs for … you go, this would be perfect for this guy. This one sounded just right for Kenny.”

Chesney explained the song’s meaning to Billboard magazine: “I think there’s a side to all of us that gets caught up in our day-to-day life, drive down the same road to work, hit the same bumps, no matter how old they are or whatever, and you can have this anxiety or mundane existence or boredom,” he said.” I have those emotions, too. ‘Pirate Flag’ is about it’s OK to check out from all of that. People have different ways of raising the pirate flag and checking out. Some people come to our shows, some people use music, some people go to the lake, some people do whatever, exercise, but it’s that idea of rebelling against whatever it is that’s weighing you down.”

Kenny Chesney reached number 7 with Pirate Flag on the Hot Country Singles chart in 2013.

LYRICS: Writteny by David Lee Murphy and Ross Copperman
Well I come from a little bitty, homegrown small town,
Smoky Mountains, nice place to hang around.
Moonshine, that’s where they make it,
Put it in a jug, makes you wanna get naked.
But I jumped on a greyhound bus one night
And took it all the way to the end of the line.
Stepped out in the sun, when my feet hit the sand
What a long strange trip

I spent my whole life running around
Still let the wind kinda blow me around
Well I dropped a note in a bottle
To a long-legged model
And I traded it in for a whole ‘nother world
A pirate flag and an island girl

Well my friends back home think I’ve gone and lost my mind
Take a sip of rum and you really would know why
Jolly Roger flying on the picnic table
Blender in the kitchen, willin’ and able
Don’t know what makes you say “What the hell”
But when the salt air catches a hold of that sail
Something ’bout it makes her just wanna dance
And she loves to dance

I spent my whole life running around
Still let the wind kinda blow me around
Well I dropped a note in a bottle
To a long-legged model
And I traded it in for a whole ‘nother world
A pirate flag and an island girl
Pirate flag and an island girl

Well I remember back home ‘neath the big ol’ moon
Tucked back in the woods, yea life was good
But here we are in a local bar and drinkin’ shooting stars

I might spend my whole life running around
Still let the wind kinda blow me around
Well I dropped a note in a bottle
To a long-legged model
And I traded it in for a whole ‘nother world
A pirate flag and an island girl
A pirate flag and an island girl
A pirate flag and an island girl
A pirate flag and an island girl

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Kenny Chesney. Photo credit: Shaun Silva

Kenny Chesney. Photo credit: Shaun Silva

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Robynn Jaymes has spent her whole life in radio… 30 years!! And almost half of them have been at Star Country. Originally from Cincinnati, Robynn came to the area as a Liberty University student. Along with all things country music, Robynn is a big fan of Football!—The Virginia Tech Hokies, The Washington Redskins and, of course, the Cincinnati Bengals. And also, “I’m addicted to the Weather Channel,” she says. Right now, Robynn is a big fan if the music coming from Miranda Lambert, Lady Antebellum and Kenny Chesney! Robynn is also a winner of the Billboard Air Personality of the Year award. Hear all new Warm & Fuzzies with Robynn M-F at 11:45AM!

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