When I See This Bar

Album: Life on a Rock (2013)
Charted: 84
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  • This portrait of the sights and sounds of good times in a bar was inspired by when Kenny first started visiting the Virgin Islands, and found himself a group of people that he became great friends with. He explained to Billboard magazine: "It was completely different from the life I had built on the road, and here [in Nashville]. They didn't know what I did, or they knew and didn't care. And I think that all of us, no matter where you live or what your reality is in life, all of us have that circle of friends that have that place they hang out. For me it was a beach bar. I think a bar has a way of connecting all those friends, you have an emotional attachment to that place, even if you don't know it at the time. That's the place you guys meet, people fall in love at that bar, they fall out of love at that bar, I think it's possible for them to fall back into life at that bar. You go through so many things.

    "There's a bar Johnson City where I went to college," he continued, "and I had my first beer in college there and my last beer in college there, and it was with the same people. And when I go past that place, I see the bar, but I remember. I see the faces. And that's the root of the idea of this song, and for me it was the bar there in the Virgin Islands. And when I go past it, I hear the jokes, I see the faces that may or may not still be there. I don't see walls. I hear the music that's played, the stuff in your head that takes you to a place where there was a true, honest, emotional connection."
  • Chesney performed this song live for the first time during a concert at Miller Stadium in Milwaukee on May 18, 2013. "'When I See This Bar' is the kind of song you have to have lived," he confessed. "Most people do, they just never step back and realize what all those lost nights, afternoon beers and friendships really mean. They make you who are, get you through tough things and get you laughing."
  • The music video was directed by Chesney's longtime collaborator Shaun Silva. One of the most personal clips that the Nashville star has ever released, it includes footage of Chesney enjoying downtime in the Virgin Islands, as well as during his rehearsal for his No Shoes Nation tour.
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