Knee Deep

Album: You Get What You Give (2010)
Charted: 18

Songfacts®:

  • This is a track from You Get What You Give the second major-label studio album by Country music group the Zac Brown Band.
  • The song features trop-rock singer-songwriter Jimmy Buffett. Bassist John Driskell Hopkins explained to Billboard magazine that the collaboration happened as a result of a chance meeting in 2009. "We met him on a camping trip last year," he reported, "and just sat around the fire with him for awhile. That was a quick friendship. He's a real cat, really down to earth and doesn't have a whole lot of ego and just a super nice guy. We did a lot of vocals down at his place in Key West and he happened to come through, so we got him to sit in and it sounded great. It sounds like a Buffett song when he sings it. Whatever he sings sounds like a Buffett song, y'know?"
  • The video was shot in and around the Costa Careyes Resort in Mexico between May 17th and 20th 2011. It includes scenes on a private beach, in the pool area and under a coconut tree. The Darren Doane directed video features Juliette Lewis playing Jody and ZBB guitarist Clay Cook as Brody.
  • The song topped the Country charts, marking the second #1 Country single for Jimmy Buffett. He previously reached the summit in 2003 with his Alan Jackson collaboration, "It's Five O'Clock Somewhere."
  • The song was penned by frequent collaborator Wyatt Durrette along with the band's keyboardist and guitarist Coy Bowles, Zac Brown and Nashville writer Jeffrey Steele ("What Hurts The Most").
  • Durrette told Access Atlanta the song originated in the mid 2000s. "I had just broken up with a girl. I was just done. I just wanted to get the heck away," he said. "It's a happy song. But that first part, I needed to get away from the world. I needed to find some water. That's how the first verse and melody came about. I wrote the chorus and bridge with Zac. Jeffrey helped us out with the bridge. He helped us finish the song. We needed it. Coy helped write the second verse."

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