Happy Does

Album: Here and Now (2020)
Charted: 47

Songfacts®:

  • Brad Clawson, Brock Berryhill, Greylan James and Jamie Paulin wrote this lighthearted tropical tune about finding happiness in doing the simple things. A couple of feel-good characters help illustrate the point. They are:

    A young musician chasing her dreams in Boulder, Colorado who is playing for tips. "Every pickle jar, crinkled dollar takes her another mile high."

    A four-times divorced ex-marine who's now working nights selling gasoline is, "Hummin' along, schoolin' ya on the songs on his station."
  • Chesney said the first time he heard the track, it made him smile. "It's just being happy and being thankful and being humble and having gratitude - those are the things that I try to lean on," he reflected.
  • Kenny Chesney and co-writer Greylan James share the same hometown of Knoxville, Tennessee. "When I heard the song, it was so positive and felt so happy!" Chesney noted. "You couldn't not smile listening, and I felt like the world needed a little bit of that right now. To me, it was everything I was raised on - and it turns out Greylan was raised on the same stuff, too."
  • Kenny Chesney recorded the song before things started going crazy with the racist police murder of George Floyd and the divisive 2020 election. Speaking to Radio.com's Katie Neal, the country star said though he couldn't have foreseen putting "Happy Does" out during such a time of social unrest, he's glad as the single, in his view, "promotes connectivity."

    "I think it's very interesting they call it social media because it makes you so antisocial," Chesney explained. "But that's what the message of the song was... about connection and just realizing that there's a lot of life to live out there if you just go do it."

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