There Goes My Life
|"There Goes My Life"|
|Single by Kenny Chesney|
|from the album When the Sun Goes Down|
|Released||October 20, 2003|
|Length||3:55 (single version)|
5:02 (album version)
|Kenny Chesney singles chronology|
"There Goes My Life" is a song written by Wendell Mobley and Neil Thrasher and recorded by American country music singer Kenny Chesney. It was released in October 2003 as the first single from Chesney's 2004 album When the Sun Goes Down. The song spent seven consecutive weeks at number one between late December 2003 and January 2004.
The song is about a teen, who is blindsided when he finds out that his girlfriend is pregnant. He tells the audience that his dreams of skipping town after graduation and hanging out on the coast are ruined; in the chorus he sings, "There goes my life." By the next verse he is married to his girlfriend and their child is now a toddler. The boy discovers that it was all worth it in the end and that he loves his child more than anything. By the final verse, his daughter is grown up and going off to the West Coast herself. The father thinks as she drives away, "There goes my life, my future, my everything ..."
The accompanying music video for the song was directed by Shaun Silva and premiered in late 2003. In it, the protagonist is a high school football player met after practice by his girlfriend, with news of her pregnancy. The grown daughter in the video is played by actress Amber Heard.
The song debuted at number 46 on the US Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks (now Hot Country Songs) chart for the week of October 25, 2003. It reached number one on that chart for the week of December 20, 2003 and held that position for seven consecutive weeks until it was knocked off by Alan Jackson's "Remember When". The song also peaked at number 29 on the Billboard Hot 100.
|US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)||1|
|US Billboard Hot 100||29|
|US Country Songs (Billboard)||22|
|United States (RIAA)||Gold|
- Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. p. 91. ISBN 0-89820-177-2.
- "Kenny Chesney Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard.
- "Kenny Chesney Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard.
- "Best of 2004: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2004. Retrieved July 11, 2012.
- "American single certifications – Kenny Chesney – There Goes My Life". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH.