Luke Bryan Borrows From A Kenny Chesney Hit

Sixty seconds now feels more like thirty, Tick-tock, won’t stop, around it goes.
Sand through the glass sure falls in a hurry and all you keep trying to do is slow it down, soak it in.
Keep trying to make the good times last as long as you can but you can’t, man
it just goes too fast
(Luke Bryan’s “Fast”)

Cause when your hourglass runs out of sand
You can’t flip over and start again.
Just like that you’re six years old and you take a nap and you
Wake up and you’re twenty-five and your high school sweetheart becomes your wife, Don’t blink”
(Kenny Chesney’s “Don’t Blink”)

“If I could hit pause I would somehow
But it don’t work like that”
(Luke Bryan)

“Trust me friend, a hundred years goes faster than you think so don’t blink.” (Kenny Chesney)

There are about a million songs recorded that can be classified as “love songs”. The twist is did you do something different with your version on the romantic theme. Same scenario applies with similarity between a Kenny Chesney from almost a decade ago and Luke Bryan’s latest single “Fast”. When Kenny Chesney released “Don’t Blink” in 2007, it wasn’t the first song ever recorded about living in the present and not letting time slip away. But Kenny’s song touched a nerve with so many listeners and helped him get a nomination from the Academy of Country Music Award for Song Of The Year.


Luke Bryan’s latest single, “Fast” not only matches the sentiment behind Chesney’s song, he even borrowed a lot of the melody! Is it plagiarism or just an ironic similarity? I’m siding with the latter. Luke’s recent career success has been mirrored by alternating pop/country party tracks (“Country Girl Shake It For Me”…”That’s My Kind of Night”…”) with deeper tracks like “Drink A Beer” and “Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye”. On Bryan’s new CD, he did it again with the sexually driven title track, “Kill The Lights” and followed it with “Strip It Down”. The trendy modern country vibe on “Kick The Dust Up” and “Huntin’ Fishin’ and Lovin’ Everyday” down home charm is balanced perfectly with the deeper reflective emotions evoked with “Fast”.