Zac Brown Band, "Knee Deep"



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Zac Brown Band, “Knee Deep”

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Gonna put the the world away for a minute
Pretend I don’t live in it
Sunshine gonna wash my blues away

Had sweet love but I lost it


She got too close so I fought her
Now I’m lost in the world trying to find me a better way

Wishing I was knee deep in the water somewhere


Got the blue sky breeze and it don’t seem fair
Only worry in the world is the tide gonna reach my chair
Sunrise there’s a fire in the sky
Never been so happy
Never felt so high
And I think I might have found me my own kind of paradise

Wrote a note said be back in a minute


Bought a boat and I sailed off in it
Don’t think anybody gonna miss me anyway

Mind on a permanent vacation


The ocean is my only medication
Wishing my condition ain’t ever gonna go away

Cause now im knee deep in the water somewhere


Got the blue sky breeze blowing wind through my hair

Only worry in the world is the tide gonna reach my chair


Sunrise there’s a fire in the sky
Never been so happy
Never felt so high
And I think I might have found me my own kind of paradise

This champagne shore washing over me


It’s a sweet sweet life living by the salty sea
One day you could be as lost as me
Change you’re geography
Maybe you might be

Knee deep in the water somewhere


Got the blue sky breeze blowing wind through my hair
Only worry in the world is the tide gonna reach my chair
Sunrise there’s a fire in the sky
Never been so happy
Never felt so high
And I think I might have found me my own kind of paradise

Come on in the water it’s nice


Find yourself a little slice
Grab a backpack of lies
You never know until you try
When you lose yourself
You find the key to paradise

The song “Knee Deep,” by the Zac Brown Band works to create an idea of paradise that not only can be attainable to anyone, but can also act as a helpful source to cure your blues. Through their careful use of expression and imagery, the song captures its listeners into a whole different world.

The first thing that came to my attention after listening to this song was how relaxing it is. Any tension I may have had previously, suddenly, doesn’t seem apparent anymore. This is a result of the slow but catchy rhythm the song acquires. The lyrics are written in a way to ensure they flow. Some songs are very choppy and there is a distinct difference to each line of the song. In this song, many of the lines flow into each other smoothly. In fact, some lines even appear to rhyme. For instance, two lines seen in the chorus, “Got the blue sky breeze and it don’t seem fair, Only worry in the world is the tide gonna reach my chair.” The rhyming makes the song more enjoyable and again contributes to its relaxing tone because of how easily the lines go together. Thus, the catchy tone of the song and the Zac Brown Band’s ability to merge each line into the next, immediately turns my mood into calm and happy.

When I first look at the lyrics to “Knee Deep,” there are not any words that immediately stick out to me. All the words used in this song are pretty familiar and normal. However, what is different in this song is how the Zac Brown Band skillfully choices a combination of words to put together that, normally, wouldn’t be seen. Their abundant use of the word, “paradise,” immediately lets me know that this song has a summer, free, kind of feeling to it. Some interesting combinations they use are those such as, “the ocean is my only medication,” and “sunrise there’s a fire in the sky.” I think their ability to compare ocean to being a medication, and sunrises being like fires in the sky, contributes to the overall effectiveness of this song. It creates pictures in my mind of beautiful scenes that instantly brings happiness. It is evident that in this song, an unfortunate event happened, so, the band turned to their “own kind of paradise,” to heal. This, in turn, sets forth a way of helping to its listeners. While, yes, it is a song, I also feel like the Zac Brown Band is trying to portray the message that even in your lowest feelings, you can resort to your own paradise, whether it be the beach, sailing, etc., to cure all your worries and sad feelings. The song ends with the lines, “When you lose yourself, you found the key to paradise.” In my opinion, this wraps up the whole purpose of the song. Throughout the entire song, there is the happy image of the beach, the water coming up to your chair, sunshine, wind blowing through your hair, to show that whether you lose someone or feel alone, there is still room for happy feelings. Therefore, when we feel lost, we must look to our own version of what we consider paradise.

As mentioned before, “Knee Deep,” does not have any striking unusual words. However, some interesting lines that stick out to me are, “Come on in the water its nice, find yourself a little slice.” To me, I always think of the word slice being used in contexts concerning pizza. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, they refer to slice as a “relatively thin, flat, broad piece cut from anything.” It’s interesting to see that the Zac Brown Band would use slice in relation to water. Where it is clear that they mean come grab your own area of water, I think the word slice used in this reference seems a little off, but still gives the song character. Another example of using a word that seems a little out of context is seen in the line, “The ocean is my only medication.” The Oxford dictionary describes medication as being, “the action of treating medically; treatment with a medical substance.” Again, it seems a little off that the ocean could serve as a medical treatment to someone. However, like mentioned before, it gives the song character and allows us to see outside of typical word meanings and contexts. It also contributes to the overall meaning of this song, escape to paradise as your cure. Medications are meant to make people feel better, so why not use the ocean as a medication if it makes you feel better and puts you into a better mood. In conclusion, the song, “Knee Deep,” is a great song to sit back and play on repeat, whether it is in the summertime or during the dead winter. It takes you to a happy place through its catchy sentence flow, colorful imagery, strong metaphors, and unique expression of phrases.




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