Big Star

Live in No Shoes Nation (Kenny Chesney Album) | 2017

“Live in No Shoes Nation” is the second live album by American country music singer Kenny Chesney. It was released on October 27, 2017 via Columbia Records. The album features a guest performance from Taylor — “Big Star” which is a song by Chesney.

Taylor surprised Kenny Chesney in Nashville at the kickoff of his “Big Revival Tour” on March 26, 2015. That’s where “Big Star” was recorded. Chesney later said: “It’s still an incredible moment because, in a way, that song represents her story. I’m grateful for her friendship and for topping off an incredible birthday.”

The two had previously performed the song together during the Nashville, Tennessee show of Taylor’s “Speak Now World Tour” on September 17, 2011, at Bridgestone Arena. Chesney was the surprise guest of the night.

Lyrics

[Intro]
This song is about a girl who had a dream and followed it
And I know from living in this town for so many years
That there’s a lot of girls out there in the audience tonight
With a lot of dreams in their head
And this song goes out to you, alright? Here we go

[Verse 1]
She was aware of her insecurities as she took the stage
She was convinced if she got up there
That she’d be discovered someday
So she belted it, she hit the high notes fearlessly
Oh she melted them, as she brought them to their feet

[Chorus]
Oh damn
She was a big star at Banana Joe’s bar
Where she sang karaoke every night
She said if you work hard to get where you are
It feels good in the hot spotlight
She was a big star

[Verse 2]
She made the local cable shows
Where the camera fell in love with her face
After a couple of weekends
The groupies were crawling all over the place
She signed autographs like she was Garth Brooks in a skirt
And in the aftermath, that small time town was hers

[Chorus]
She was a
Big star at Banana Joe’s bar
Where she sang karaoke every night
She said if you work hard to get where you are
It feels good in the hot spotlight
She was a big star

[Bridge]
She doesn’t care anymore
That her high school girlfriends put her down
They only thought she entertains
Is where they are and where she is now
Everybody
Her old neighbors swear they’re certain she slept her way to the top
She knows you don’t get where you’re going
Unless you got something they ain’t got

So she sings tonight to 20, 000 plus
And the young girls scream out loud for Miss Taylor Swift

[Chorus]
Man that could be us, she was a
Big star at Banana Joe’s bar
Where she sang karaoke every night
She said if you work hard to get where you are
It feels good in the hot spotlight
She was a big star

[Outro: Kenny Chesney & Taylor Swift]
Look who showed up
Happy birthday, Kenny Chesney
I love you, Nashville
We love you, thank you, Taylor

General Information
ReleasedOctober 27, 2017
GenreCountry
Length5:07
LabelBNA
SongwriterStephony Smith
ProducersBuddy Cannon
Tony Castle
Kenny Chesney
Official Audio
Official Performance