"That's Why I'm Here" as written by Shaye Smith and Mark Alan Springer....
No I ain't had nothing to drink
I knew that's probably what you'd think
If I stopped by this time of night
Remember way back when
I promised you I'd drop in
At one of those meetings down at the Y
When they started talkin' 'bout the steps you take
Mistakes you make, the hearts you break and the price you pay
I almost walked away
You could hear a pin drop when this ole man
Stood up and said, I'm gonna say it again like I do every week
For those who don't know me...

It's the simple things in life
Like the kids at home and a loving wife
That you miss the most when you lose control
Everything you love starts to disappear
The devil takes your hand and says, no fear
Have another shot, just one more beer
I've been there, that's why I'm here

This ole boy stood up in the aisle
Said he'd been living a life of denial and he cried
As he talked about wasted years
I couldn't believe what I heard
It was my life word for word
And all of a sudden it was clear

It's the simple things in life
Like the kids at home and a loving wife
That you miss the most when you lose control
Everything you love starts to disappear
The devil takes your hand and says, no fear
Have another shot, just one more beer
I've been there, that's why I'm here

For us it may be too late
But it would mean the world to me
If you were there when I stand and say

It's the simple things in life
Like the kids at home and a loving wife
That you miss the most when you lose control
Everything you love starts to disappear
The devil takes your hand and says, no fear
Have another shot, just one more beer
I've been there, that's why I'm here


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"That's Why I'm Here" as written by Shaye Smith, Mark Alan Springer

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    General CommentMan I cannot believe nobody has said anything about this song yet, this is crazy. Well alright I guess Ill just tell yall my story cause there's nothin to figure out bout this song. This song means a whole lot to me cause my dad is actually in rehab right now as I right this recovering from alchoholism. Weve tried to stick beside him this whole time but it is the hardest thing in my life to sit there and watch my family destroyed because of this disease addiction. My mom has done a great job for the past say 12 years covering everything and trying to get through this. Hes been through plenty of rehabs but none that actualy worked permanently. Recently before we took him to rehab this time which is hopefully the last I havent had a father. I mean how could I when he wasnt there and the only time i saw him was when he came outta his room to go get beer. And I know this doesnt sound like that bad of a story but for a kid who has to cover up his tracks help his mom cause shes always stressed and then deal with a little brother its been horrible. Its finally coming to an end and I am so thankful. This song just means alot to me cause it reminds me of so much of what we go through. Well i guess thats all I have to say.
    Kenny9710on July 09, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI totally love this song. I can relate it to a lot aspects of my life not just drinking and doing drugs.
    "Well, they started talkin bout steps you take
    Mistakes you make
    The hearts you break
    And the price you pay "
    For every action there is a reaction and there's always a price you have to pay for decisions that you make. Made me think a lot. And realize that it's not just me; there's someone out there right now that can stand up and repeat my life word for word, made me feel a little less alone.
    nikkipqon August 16, 2002   Link
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    General CommentKenny sings this song straight to my heart.
    Surfpicoon November 09, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThis song makes me cry everytime I hear it... My dad and two of my uncles are alcoholics, and we've been trying so hard to get them to stop drinking, for so long now, but they never quit, so it really tears my family apart. I made my uncle listen to this song, hoping that it would get through to him, but it didn't which was suprising because it's such an amazing song and really rings true to his life.
    roxy_loves_iton June 13, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI really love this song because it's about alcoholism, recovery, and the 12 steps. It's simple .....and Kenny Chesney is SO freakin HOT....sorry but he is.....hehe
    vanrumon June 21, 2006   Link
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    General CommentTo me, this song is all about how a man's alcohol addiction tore his family apart. He has now admitted and accepted that he has a drinking problem and is seeking help at a 12 step meeting and he wants his ex wife/girlfriend/SO there to support him. Beautiful song.
    Justme6979on July 15, 2006   Link
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    General CommentIt makes me having great respect for people who tell their story at rehab and help others (and themselves). Keep strong.
    tugiton February 01, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis song makes me so sad. I was married for 12 years and alcohol completely tore it apart. My wife was one of the most beautiful, sweetest people you could ever know.. when she was sober. Booze turned her into someone I didn't know anymore. She tried hiding it for the longest time, but that only works for a while. The lies and BS that came with drinking just got to be too much. I begged her to get help, and of course an alcoholic's reasoning is that they can quit anytime they want. Well, we split up 4 years ago. I just recently went home to finalize a divorce with her, and it was the first time I had seen her in that 4 years. It is so sad to see what alcohol does to a person. She used to be beautiful and sweet and now... well, things change. Deep down, I know there is still love between us, but as long as she refuses to accept her problem, then there is nothing. I just hope one day she sobers up and realizes what she lost. One step at a time, honey...
    fuzzyspudon August 16, 2007   Link
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    General CommentIt's definitely about a guy going through AA; Most country songs are not that hard to figure out; Leave the difficult lyrics to the rock category! However, I find it rather disturbing that this is the same guy that sings, "I'm gonna sit right here & have another beer in Mexico", plus the obscure tracks, "Tequila Loves Me" & "Got a Little Crazy Last Night".
    jtm101583on February 18, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI am currently an alcoholic due to this week, My grandma died, and i am broken hearted the woman i love just wants to be friends and friends tend to do theor own thing and im going tin the army in 3 weeks. im so down and i cant seem to pick myself up/.
    pwilsonlf3on May 08, 2010   Link

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