"I Go Back" as written by and Kenneth A. Chesney....
"Jack and Diane" painted a picture of my life and my dreams,
Suddenly this crazy world made more sense to me
Well I heard it today and I couldn't help but sing along
'Cause every time I hear that song

I go back to a two-toned short bed Chevy
Drivin' my first love out to the levy
Livin' life with no sense of time
And I go back to the feel of a fifty yard line
A blanket, a girl, some raspberry wine
Wishin' time would stop right in its tracks
Every time I hear that song, I go back, I go back

I used to rock all night long to "Keep On Rockin' Me Baby"
At frat parties, college bars, just tryin' to impress the ladies
I heard it today and I couldn't help but sing along
'Cause every time I hear that song

I go back to the smell of an old gym floor
And the taste of salt on the Carolina shore
After graduation and drinkin' goodbye to friends
And I go back to watchin summer fade to fall
Growin' up too fast and I do recall
Wishin' time would stop right in its tracks
Every time I hear that song, I go back, I go back

We all have a song that somehow stamped our lives
Takes us to another place and time

So I go back to a pew, preacher and a choir
Singin' 'bout God, brimstone, and fire
And the smell of Sunday chicken after church
And I go back to the loss of a real good friend
And the sixteen summers I shared with him
Now "Only The Good Die Young" stops me in my tracks
Every time I hear that song, I go back, I go back

To the feel of a fifty yard line
A blanket, a girl, some raspberry wine
I go back (I go back)
To watchin' summer fade to fall
Growin' up too fast and I do recall
I go back (I go back)
To the loss of a real good friend
And the sixteen summers I shared with him
I go back, I go back, I go back


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"I Go Back" as written by Kenneth A. Chesney Kenneth Chesney

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    General CommentHow music can take you back in time - it is tied together with painful and happy memories and that's what makes it so powerful.
    This can both be the music of the time that memory was reality, or the lyrics of a song that are so like what you yourself went through...
    tugiton February 01, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis song makes me thing of my last year of high school and evertying else that goes with it. high school isnt your whole life, but its a big part that determines who you are, and should be embraced. this song also kinda makes me cry, thinking of all the crap me and the people i love have been through in high school.
    stuckonmondayon September 18, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThis song reminds me of all the good times I have with friends and how no matter where we go in life...those memories will always be a part of us.
    diegorockusaon September 21, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI LOVE THIS SONG OMG-BEST SONG EVER. My favourite line is deffinatly "I used to rock all night long to keep on rocking me baby" I love how he says it haha LOVE IT
    cowgirl5on September 23, 2004   Link
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    General Commentthis sogn reminds me of good ole times eating cjicken and cake w/ bubba....he was gr8 to me both in bed and person...but now since i killed him i'll sleep better
    cmtfanatic31289on January 03, 2005   Link
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    General CommentFirst time I got the CD I never really listened to this song that much for some reason. But lately I've just been loving it and realizing how well it fits me.

    "I go back to the smell of an old gym floor
    The taste of salt on the Carolina shore
    After graduation and drinkin goodbye to friends
    And I go back to watchin summer fade to fall
    Growin up too fast and I do recall
    Wishin time would stop right in its tracks "

    "And I go back to the loss of a real good friend
    And the sixteen summers I shared with him
    Now "Only The Good Die Young" stops me in my tracks
    Everytime I hear that song, I go back.... "
    indefeaton March 24, 2005   Link
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    General Comment"I go back to a two toned short bed Chevy
    Drivin my first love out to the levvy
    Livin life with no sense of time
    And I go back to the feel of a fifty yard line
    A blanket, a girl, some raspberry wine
    Wishin time would stop right in its tracks"

    reminds me so much of my high school life, sitting there at football games with my now fiancee wrapped in a blanket even though he was out of school, and although I know he is singing about church choir, that line kinda gets me a bit too, as choir was one of the main parts of my high school life. Although I certinally have funny memeories of sitting there at church with one of my best friends having writen conversations on bulitians, silently giggling over some guy or class or the pastors ear hair LOL. I still miss high school like crazy and cry almost every time I hear this song, especially with the music video, it really makes me think of the times I spent with friends back in HS (class of 2003 baby!). I also love how he incorporates how songs take you back, I've always been that way with songs, but music has always been my life.
    MayorMenleyon May 23, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentNot only does this song namecheck a whole bunch of classic rock songs, it makes reference to -- holy crap -- being in college. This is a huge demographic shift in country music.
    Kimnon September 05, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI'm still in highschool, so this song makes me not take things for granted and try to live life to fullest, but yet it still makes me think of my old friends before I moved, I love this song....
    Lookin4Princecon September 18, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis song is wonderful. I never get tired of it. Like others have said, I think the song is talking about reliving old memories through music and how songs just take you back.
    rockxxonon December 27, 2005   Link

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