January 31, 2018

From His Ex-Wife’s Line, Chesney’s “You Had Me From Hello”

From His Ex-Wife's Line, Chesney's "You Had Me From Hello" 1

The Song In Brief

Performed by Kenny Chesney, “You Had Me from Hello” is a song that he co-wrote with his fellow country music singer and songwriter Skip Ewing. The track’s album Everywhere We Go was released in 1999. The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) conferred Gold certification to the track. Moreover, it became No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks (now Hot Country Songs) chart.

The song lyrics were inspired by the 1996 movie Jerry Maguire that Chesney happened to watch. One of the film’s unforgettable scenes involves a dialogue between the main characters Tom Cruise and Renee Zellweger. The former uttered a sincere line that made the latter stops him and said, “You had me at ‘hello’.” This statement captured Chesney’s heart as a singer and later wrote a song on it. Almost a decade later, who would have thought that Chesney and the woman whose line inspired one of his greatest hits to be brought together in marriage? You heard it right! Chesney and Zellweger got married in 2005. Their marital relationship lasted for only four months though.

The success of Chesney’s song makes up for his ephemeral marriage. Accordingly, the song topped both the Canada Country Tracks (RPM) and the US Hot Country Songs (Billboard) charts. Moreover, the track entered the US Billboard Hot 100 top 40 peaking at No. 34.

The Power of Words in Music

Words are indeed powerful. Even a single word can turn into something enormous depending on its impact on someone else’s understanding and use of it. For musically-inclined individuals, words they find as significant, meaningful and relatable became their sources of inspiration in writing a song. These words can be something they heard from someone, read somewhere else, or it could be something that just popped up from their mind randomly. And who knows, such simple words could inspire the next big thing in the music industry, like how Chesney’s “You Had Me from Hello” came to be. Startling! Isn’t it?

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Jerry Maguire, Kenny Chesney, Renee Zellweger, Skip Ewing, Tom Cruise

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