Knee Deep

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For the Funkadelic song, see (Not Just) Knee Deep. For the video game, see Knee Deep (video game).

"Knee Deep"
Zac-Bown-Band-Knee Deep single cover.jpg
Single by Zac Brown Band featuring Jimmy Buffett
from the album You Get What You Give
ReleasedMay 9, 2011 (2011-05-09)
FormatDigital download
Producer(s)Keith Stegall
Zac Brown Band singles chronology
"Colder Weather"
"Knee Deep"
"Keep Me in Mind"

"Knee Deep" is a song recorded by American country music group Zac Brown Band with Jimmy Buffett. It was released in May 2011 as the third single from the Zac Brown Band's second major-label album, 2010's You Get What You Give. It reached number-one on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for one week in August 2011. The song is about laying back and having no worries (some of the lyrics are: "Only worry in the world is the tide gonna reach my chair.")

Background and writing[edit]

Co-writer Wyatt Durrette told the website Taste of Country that he has been a longtime fan of Jimmy Buffett and that he wanted to write a beach-themed song. He based the first verse on a breakup. Durrette brought the song to Brown, who helped him complete the second verse and melody. After neither of them could come up with a bridge, they brought the song to Jeffrey Steele, who helped them complete it.[1]

Critical reception[edit]

Steve Morse of the Boston Globe called the song "festive" and a "highlight" of the album.[2] Country Weekly reviewer Jessica Phillips said that the song was "happy-go-lucky" but "sounds like a derivation of the band's own hit "Toes"."[3] Eric R. Danton of the Hartford Courant called it "exactly the kind of song you'd expect to hear Jimmy Buffett sing, but with more mandolin."[4] Kevin John Coyne, reviewing the song for Country Universe, gave it a B+ rating, saying that the song "lacks spunk but radiates the same sea-breezy blissfulness" as "Toes".[5]

Knee Deep debuted at number 73 the week ending May 28, 2011. The song kept ascending and fell twice before reaching a final peak of number 18 the week ending August 6, 2011. The song was last seen in its 20th week on the chart at number 62, before being moved to recurrent status. More than two months later, Knee Deep was ranked by Billboard as the 80th best song of 2011 in the Year-End. Colder Weather is also very narrowly in the year-end chart, giving Zac Brown Band a total of 4 year-end singles, with Knee Deep narrowly the highest (despite being only number 80). Knee Deep remains Zac Brown Band’s biggest hit to date. [6]

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Darren Doane. It was filmed in Careyes, Mexico. The video features actress Juliette Lewis.

Charts and certifications[edit]

Release history[edit]

Date Region Format
May 9, 2011 United States Country radio
July 18, 2011 Adult contemporary


  1. ^ Conaway, Alanna. "Zac Brown Band, 'Knee Deep' – Lyrics Uncovered". Taste of Country. Retrieved 17 May 2011.
  2. ^ Morse, Steve (2010-09-20). "Zac Brown Band, 'You Get What You Give' - The Boston Globe". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 2010-09-23.
  3. ^ Phillips, Jessica (2010-09-17). "You Get What You Give : Zac Brown Band - Reviews - Country Weekly Magazine". Country Weekly. Retrieved 2010-09-23.
  4. ^ Danton, Eric R. (2010-09-21). "You Get What You Give : Zac Brown Band - Reviews - Country Weekly Magazine". The Hartford Courant. Archived from the original on 2013-01-02. Retrieved 2010-10-20.
  5. ^ Coyne, Kevin John (July 12, 2011). "Summer Single Reviews Round-Up: Luke Bryan, Jake Owen, Jerrod Niemann, Zac Brown Band, Dierks Bentley". Country Universe. Retrieved July 19, 2011.
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  7. ^ "Zac Brown Band Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard.
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  10. ^ "Best of 2011: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2011. Retrieved December 10, 2011.
  11. ^ "Best of 2011: Hot 100 Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2011. Retrieved 2011-12-09.
  12. ^ "Canadian single certifications – Zac Brown Band – Knee Deep". Music Canada. Retrieved January 10, 2014.
  13. ^ Paul Grein (June 25, 2014). "Chart Watch: Maroon 5 Beats Coldplay". Chart Watch (Yahoo Music).
  14. ^ "American single certifications – Zac Brown Band – Knee Deep". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved September 16, 2017. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH.