August 26.2015 – Story Behind “Don’t Blink” by Kenny Chesney

Don't Blink KC

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As you age, your priorities change. You slow down, and you learn to take it easier. You focus on being in the moment. That’s what Kenny Chesney’s “Don’t Blink” says to me.

In my humble opinion, Kenny Chesney hit it out of the park with his hit, “Don’t Blink.” This song emphasizes the
need to live your life to the fullest, celebrate and appreciate your friends and family. ~Robynn

“Don’t Blink” is a # 1 Billboard country, top 40 and hot 100 single by Kenny Chesney. It is the second single from his 2007 album Just Who I Am: Poets and Pirates, and Chesney’s thirteenth Number One single on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs charts.

At the outset of Kenny Chesney’s 2007 chart-topper “Don’t Blink,” a man celebrating his 102nd birthday is being interviewed on the evening news, and is asked about the “secret to life.”
His response? “Don’t blink.”

“Just like that you’re 6 years old and you take a nap/ and you wake up and you’re 25, and your high school sweetheart becomes your wife,” Chesney sings. “… Trust me friend, a hundred years goes faster than you think.”

Chris Wallin was inspired to write the song (with Casey Beathard) after a two-year period in which he lost three close family members.

Chris Wallin: I’d had the idea for that song for about a year. It was one of those things that I felt really personal about because I had lost three major family members within a two-year period. My mother, my grandmother and my brother. When something like that happens — there was a line that I was wanting to put in the song that never made it in the song. “We always send flowers to people when they’re gone. We should send them when they’re living.” You don’t always have that time, anyway.

Casey came in and we got to talk. Someone had a near-accident in front of his house. He was (saying), “Man, you don’t ever know what’s gonna happen.” So we started talking about that, how time is short. I was telling him about all of the people that I’d lost … while we were writing it, we were going back and forth on how old the old man was. We were trying to decide whether 102 years old was too old. But my wife, Camille, her grandmother had just passed away at 104. So we decided that 102 wasn’t (too old

The song debuted at #16 on the Billboard U.S. Hot Country Songs chart for the week of September 8, 2007, setting a new record for the highest debut on that chart since the inception of SoundScan in 1990, beating a record set by Keith Urban’s “Once in a Lifetime”, which debuted at #17 in 2006.

The song also matches the fastest rising single of his career set in August, 2007 with “Never Wanted Nothing More” taking eight weeks to reach Number 1.

Don’t Blink spent 4 consecutive weeks at number one beginning October 27.2007

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Lyrics written by written by Casey Beathard and Chris Wallin

I turned on the evening news

Saw a old man being interviewed

Turning a hundred and two today

Asked him what’s the secret to life

He looked up from his old pipe

Laughed and said “All I can say is.”

Don’t blink

Just like that you’re six years old and you take a nap and you

Wake up and you’re twenty-five and your high school sweetheart becomes your wife

Don’t blink

You just might miss your babies growing like mine did

Turning into moms and dads next thing you know your “better half”

Of fifty years is there in bed

And you’re praying God takes you instead

Trust me friend a hundred years goes faster than you think

So don’t blink

I was glued to my tv when it looked like he looked at me and said

“Best start putting first things first.”

Cause when your hourglass runs out of sand

You can’t flip it over and start again

Take every breathe God gives you for what it’s worth

Don’t Blink

Just like that you’re six years old and you take a nap and you

Wake up and you’re twenty-five and your high school sweetheart becomes your wife

Don’t blink

You just might miss your babies growing like mine did

Turning into moms and dads next thing you know your “better half”

Of fifty years is there in bed

And you’re praying God takes you instead

Trust me friend a hundred years goes faster than you think

So don’t blink

So I’ve been tryin’ ta slow it down

I’ve been tryin’ ta take it in

In this here today, gone tomorrow world we’re livin’ in

Don’t blink

Just like that you’re six years old and you take a nap and you

Wake up and you’re twenty-five and your high school sweetheart becomes your wife

Don’t blink

You just might miss your babies growing like mine did

Turning into moms and dads next thing you know your “better half”

Of fifty years is there in bed

And you’re praying God takes you instead

Trust me friend a hundred years goes faster then you think

So Don’t blink

Naw, don’t blink

Life Goes Faster Than You Think

cause when your hourglass runs out of sand

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About Robynn

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!

One thought on “August 26.2015 – Story Behind “Don’t Blink” by Kenny Chesney

  1. Marlo Neustifter

    My grandfather, John “Glen” Symons turned 100 in July. He went viral on Facebook with over 100,000 million likes. You may have seen it. It was pretty awesome. He is a WWII vet serving in India, Burma, China (The Pacific Rim). He will tell you the same thing. I love this song and try to live it everyday. Thank you Thank you for writing it and making people wonder. I lost my dad at 34. My niece and nephew will never know their Papa D. So sit and think. I thank you again

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