Kenny Chesney will release “Pirate Flag,” the lead single from his upcoming album, on January 31. Written by David Lee Murphy and Ross Copperman, the song is an anthem for the everyman and rebelling on one’s own terms.
“No matter where you are, no matter how you live, there is that part of you that yearns to be free, to say, ‘What the hell…’ and just do what you want to do!” Kenny said. “That’s what this song is all about. The freedom and the idea that you can just say, “Enough,’ even if it’s only in your mind, while you’re watching your boss’s mouth move and are dreaming of whatever gets you off.”
According to Kenny, it doesn’t matter where ‘enough’ is. “That’s the beauty of this song: You can fly your pirate flag in your head, tack it up behind your computer at work, tattoo it under your skin – and no one has to know,” he said. “Except you and your friends, the people who really matter!”
Kenny himself identifies with the song’s message. His upcoming No Shoes Nation Tour, which kicks off March 16 in Tampa, Florida, will serve as his break from reality and he hopes fans will come along with him.
“Even me and the band can’t just run off and pitch a tent on some island, as much as we love doing it,” he said. “I think that’s why when we hit the stage, we hit it so hard – and the fans, those people from the No Shoes Nation, throw it back at us even harder. Because for us, that mutiny against real life happens in the music, happens at the shows, happens when all get together.”
Kenny will release his new, as of yet untitled, album on April 30.