Chris Knight was working as a songwriter in Nashville when he came up with this song, which ended up as a single from his debut album. Knight wrote it with Craig Wiseman, whose extensive credits include Blake Shelton's "Hillbilly Bone
" and Tim McGraw's "The Cowboy in Me
." The song is about feeling out of place; it resonated with many listeners who could relate to the feeling of breaking free from the bounds of society.
When we spoke with Chris Knight in 2012
, he told us about coming up with the song: "I don't know what inspired me to write it, but I remember sitting down and hollering out the first couple of lines one morning before I went to work. I'd get up early in the morning and I'd get me a cup of coffee and I'd start writing. And I remember hollering out saying the first couple of lines of 'Ain't Easy Being Me,' and then setting it aside. And then I took it down and showed it to Craig Wiseman and then we just took off from there. He liked the idea and everything, so we went from there."