I Go Back

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"I Go Back"
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Single by Kenny Chesney
from the album When the Sun Goes Down
Released May 3, 2004
Recorded Nashville Recordings LLC,
Genre Country
Length 4:03 (album version)
3:35 (single version)
Label BNA
Songwriter(s) Kenny Chesney
Producer(s) Buddy Cannon, Kenny Chesney
Kenny Chesney singles chronology
"When the Sun Goes Down"
"I Go Back"
"Hey, Good Lookin'"

"When the Sun Goes Down"
"I Go Back"
"Hey, Good Lookin'"

"I Go Back" is a song written and recorded by American country music artist Kenny Chesney. It was released in May 2004 as the third single from his 2004 album When the Sun Goes Down. The song spent seven weeks at number 2 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart in mid-2004, behind "Live Like You Were Dying" by Tim McGraw.[1]


The song is a mid-tempo in which the narrator recalls various moments in his life, and how he is reminded of each of them when every time he hears a certain song. He references many of these songs, including "Jack & Diane", "Only the Good Die Young", and "Rock'n Me". In the chorus, the narrator reflects in his past explaining his time, such as spending time on a football line, "driving [his] first love out to the levy," and losing a good friend, Lance Wilson. One version of the official music video ends with the note: "In memory of Lance Wilson and all the summers I shared with him".[2] Lance Wilson died in a car wreck when he was 17, inspiring the line "the loss of a real good friend, and the 16 summers I shared with him." [3]

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Shaun Silva and was released in June 2004. It features members of his family, church family, and former track team. It was filmed at Gibbs High School in Corryton, TN (Chesney's alma mater). It features him performing the song in the school gym, as a camera rotates around him (it was placed on a lazy susan during the shooting of these scenes) as well as old home footage of Chesney's life, such as his grandmother calling him for dinner, his first crush on the back of his Chevy, his church, and his friend Lance Wilson, who inspired part of the song. Scenes of a merry-go-round are also featured, a metaphor for "going back" to a certain time in life.

Chart performance[edit]

"I Go Back" debuted at number 57 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for the week of May 1, 2004, at the time his single, "When the Sun Goes Down", was still at Number One.

Chart (2004) Peak
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[4] 2
US Billboard Hot 100[5] 32

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2004) Position
US Country Songs (Billboard)[6] 14
US Billboard Hot 100 100


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. p. 91. ISBN 0-89820-177-2. 
  2. ^ Music video for "I Go Back" by Kenny Chesney
  3. ^ "USATODAY.com - Chesney finds his way". usatoday30.usatoday.com. Retrieved 2016-12-03. 
  4. ^ "Kenny Chesney Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard.
  5. ^ "Kenny Chesney Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard.
  6. ^ "Best of 2004: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2004. Retrieved July 11, 2012. 

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