Kenny Chesney‘s latest release is reigning supreme as the most added song on country radio.
Chesney and Grace Potter previously teamed up on “You and Tequila,” a steamy Top 10 hit from Chesney’s Hemingway’s Whiskey album. But while that song was all passion and lust, “Wild Child” is playful more than sexy.
Acoustically driven and mid-tempo, lofty harmonies describe an adventurous girl who expresses herself with strange clothes and loves all the bands you’ve never heard of but is really still a sweet, good girl at heart.
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Chesney says that the lyrics basically describe all the women he’s ever been attracted to.
“Over the last several years, it seems like anytime anybody sings about a woman, she’s in cutoff jeans, drinking and on a tailgate — they objectify the hell out of them,” Chesney says.
“Twenty years ago, I might have written a song like that — I probably did. But I’m at a point where I want to say something different about women.”
On “Wild Child”, he paints a crystal-clear picture of the woman he’s describing:
Got a spirit that can’t be tamed / She’s a calico pony on an open plain … A kaleidoscope of colors / In her mind, child / A touch of crazy hides behind her wild smile / So simple / Yet experimental / Innocent but still a little wild child.
“Wild Child” is the third single from Chesney’s The Big Revival, and follows two Billboard country airplay chart toppers — “American Kids” and “Til It’s Gone”.
The Big Revival is available on iTunes and Amazon.