March 26.2015 – Story Behind “Knee Deep” by the Zac Brown Band, Featuring Jimmy Buffett

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The song was penned by frequent collaborator Wyatt Durrette along with the band’s keyboardist and guitarist Coy Bowles, Zac Brown and Nashville writer Jeffrey Steele (“What Hurts The Most”).

Durrette told Access Atlanta the song originated in the mid 2000s. “I had just broken up with a girl. I was just done. I just wanted to get the heck away,” he said. “It’s a happy song. But that first part, I needed to get away from the world. I needed to find some water. That’s how the first verse and melody came about. I wrote the chorus and bridge with Zac. Jeffrey helped us out with the bridge. He helped us finish the song. We needed it. Coy helped write the second verse.”

The song features trop-rock singer-songwriter Jimmy Buffett. Bassist John Driskell Hopkins explained to Billboard magazine that the collaboration happened as a result of a chance meeting in 2009. “We met him on a camping trip last year,” he reported, “and just sat around the fire with him for awhile. That was a quick friendship. He’s a real cat, really down to earth and doesn’t have a whole lot of ego and just a super nice guy. We did a lot of vocals down at his place in Key West and he happened to come through, so we got him to sit in and it sounded great. It sounds like a Buffett song when he sings it. Whatever he sings sounds like a Buffett song, y’know?”

The song topped the Country charts, marking the second #1 Country single for Jimmy Buffett. He previously reached the summit in 2003 with his Alan Jackson collaboration, “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere.”

Lyrics:
Gonna put the world away for a minute
Pretend I don’t live in it
Sunshine gonna wash my blues away
Had sweet love but I lost it
She got too close so I fought it
Now I’m lost in the world tryin’ to find me a better way

Wishin’ I was
Knee deep in the water somewhere
Got the blue sky, breeze and it don’t seem fair
The only worry in the world
Is the tide gonna reach my chair
Sunrise, there’s a fire in the sky
Never been so happy
Never felt so high
And I think I might have found me my own kind of paradise

Wrote a note, said “Be back in a minute”
Bought a boat and I sailed off in it
Don’t think anybody’s gonna miss me anyway
Mind on a permanent vacation
The ocean is my only medication
Wishin’ my condition ain’t ever gonna go away

‘Cause now I’m knee deep in the water somewhere
Got the blue sky breeze blowin’ wind through my hair
Only worry in the world
Is the tide gonna reach my chair
Sunrise, there’s a fire in the sky
Never been so happy
Never felt so high
And I think I might have found me my own kind of paradise

This champagne shore watchin’ over me
It’s a sweet sweet life livin’ by the salty sea
One day you can be as lost as me
Change your geography and maybe you might be

Knee deep in the water somewhere
Got the blue sky breeze blowin’ wind through my hair
Only worry in the world
Is the tide gonna reach my chair
Sunrise, there’s a fire in the sky
Never been so happy
Never felt so high
And I think I might have found me my own kind of paradise

Come on in
The waters nice
Find yourself a little slice
Grab a backpack
Otherwise you’ll never know until you try
When you lose yourself
You find a key to paradise

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