Kenny Chesney – “Better As A Memory”
Songwriters: Scooter Carusoe and Lady Goodman
“Better As A Memory” is the followup single to Kenny Chesney’s duet with George Strait, “Shiftwork,” and the fourth single overall from Just Who I Am: Poets & Pirates and a couple of lines from the song provide inspiration for the title of the album.
The title actually provides a good premise for a song and Kenny’s vocal and the production sound good, so there’s a lot to like about the song, but, unfortunately, the lyric is a little too senseless. In a general gist, the song revolves around a breakup or a previous relationship, with Chesney asserting that he’s better as a memory, but who exactly is he trying to convince? Himself or the woman and that leads to wondering who decided to end the relationship?
And while the song is about the relationship, it’s also an introspective look at who the narrator is–complete with senseless rambling lists and silly similes. Each line seems to be a description of himself without any semblance of flow from line to line, so the song could have just as easily been called “Just Who I Am,” and it might have made a little more sense. I’m still scratching my head about how “My only friends are pirates” got slipped in there and what exactly it’s supposed to mean.
The song comes across as more of an overly philosophical analyzation of the narrator and the failed relationship from a detached perspective, but it becomes incoherent in the process. A line from Matt’s previous review of a Kenny Chesney song sums this one up perfectly: “The lyric is filled with so much non-sensical rambling that a humorist could reinterpret it as a cruel parody of dementia.”
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