Save It for a Rainy Day

Album: The Big Revival (2014)
Charted: 54

Songfacts®:

  • This fun, uptempo Andrew Dorff, Matt Ramsey and Brad Tursi penned tune finds Kenny Chesney singing:

    Cause the sun's too bright, the sky's too blue
    Beer's too cold to be thinking 'bout you
    Gonna take this heartbreak and tuck it away
    Save it for a rainy day


    Chesney noted: "There's so much more to country than trucks, creek beds and cut-offs. That stuff is fun, but when you look at how people really dig in and work, the things they face every day, you wanna remind 'em how hardcore they really are, show 'em that and also show 'em that you know there's more to 'em than people might think."
  • Kenny Chesney explained the song's message: "The idea is, why lose another beautiful day over something out of our control? Whatever it is, a girlfriend leaving, a crummy boss, something else, the reality is pretty simple: they don't care that they're ruining your day," he said. "And they're not, you are! It's your choice how you're going to feel… a lot more than any of us realize."

    "We all go through stuff," Chesney added, laughing. "And you know, you can get so caught up in what I did wrong, or trying to take the blame, and you start missing out on everything else… We all make mistakes, we all screw up, but we're also - I think most of us - good people trying to do right, and have some fun while we're here! Friends, family, the moments, that's the stuff that's so easy to miss, and this song makes it so easy to figure out."
  • Chesney told People why he decided to record this track for his The Big Revival album. "This song came through, and it's sneaky because it seems so fun and easy, but if you think about what it's saying? Man, that's every single person I know - me included!" he said.

    "And what would you give to have somebody tell you in the moments when you can't get out of your rut, 'Hey, man, you have a choice here?'" he continued. "You can hang on to what's bringing you down, or you can look around and see this gorgeous day you're wasting.'"

    "Feeling bad is easy, especially when things aren't going your way," Chesney added. "But you get a choice! This song's a wake-up call, you know? Remember you choose how you feel. You can decide you're not going to surrender to feeling bad, and find the joy or the good, or the sun in the sky … and that's a big deal."

    "When I was considering songs for The Big Revival, I was looking for songs that spoke to the audience but spoke to me, too," he concluded. "There can be a whole lot of truth on records and it doesn't have to be heavy. Three minutes of something that feels good can hold a lot of wisdom, if you listen."
  • Old Dominion frontman Matt Ramsey explained to Entertainment Weekly how he got the idea for this Chesney cut: "This was a fun one. The morning of the write, I was in the shower and thinking about what we could write that day. That title came to my head and that twist - take a heartbreak and tuck it away - felt like something fun to write. I went in and played the chorus for Brad and Andrew [Dorff] and they were like, 'Well yeah, let's write the verses!' [laughs] And that was a really easy write, it took us like 45 minutes to do the whole thing. About halfway through I was like, 'Wow, this sounds like it could be a great Chesney song….'"

    "And that never happens! The person you picture never cuts it! But magically it did. We laugh sometimes because Brad makes home demos a lot and I was asking him if he was going to make a demo of that song and he kind of said maybe and I said, 'Well, do you want a Chesney-cut or not?' And the next thing you know we're singing it with him in Gillette Stadium, which was insane."

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