In a time of uncertainty and seemingly endless division among our nation, Kenny Chesney is sending the uplifting “Happy Does” to country radio. With its throwback, beachy vibes and positive message, “Happy Does” is exactly what the world needs to hear right now.
“I don’t believe in preaching, and I sure don’t want to tell anyone how to live,” the superstar says. “But right now, I think we can all use something to lift us up. ‘Here And Now’ did such a great job reminding everyone how good living in the moment can be, it felt like the only song that could follow it was ‘Happy Does.’”
Written by Brock Berryhill, Brad Clawson, Greylan James and Jamie Paulin, “Happy Does” reminds listeners to embrace what life throws at them and make the most of what they have, even if it may not be much at all.
“Happy is as happy does/ Grab a six-string, find a rope swing/ Hang a palm tree in your truck/ Drink a beer just because/ Steal a slow dance in a rainstorm/ And a kiss from who you love/ Laugh and live with a half-full cup/ Yeah, happy is as happy does,” the East Tennessee native sings on the chorus.
The eight-time Entertainer of the Year may not have had a hand in writing the carefree anthem, but he envisioned himself when he first heard the song.
“That line about ‘every pickle jar dollar,’” Chesney shares, “that was me in college, playing for tips in this little bar in West Virginia. I’d rent a pretty basic sound system, go over the line, set up, play three sets, tear down and drive home, so I could turn the stuff back in at the music store, go through the drive-in, get a breakfast sandwich and get on to class.
“To do what you love, to chase a dream is a really special thing. When you’re doing that, you find a whole lot of happiness with just a little bit of something. The chorus with the rope swing, the palm tree off the rearview mirror, a kiss from someone you love… With all this unknown and all this who knows, it felt like the song people were going to need this summer. The melody feels good, and the track makes you smile! So ‘Happy Does’ is a pretty good post-it note when you’re having a bad day, or even just a day.”