Behind the lyrics of the song: “Weekend” by Kane Brown

For those heading to a summer house on a warm day, there might be an essential song for any chill-out playlist. And it’s “Weekend” by Kane Brown.

The track, which reached listeners’ ears in August 2018 as the second single from the planned release of Brown’s second album, Experienceis the ultimate track to smile, sip a Solo cup, and enjoy the warm weather, the sun, and the thrill of doing nothing but laying on the grass or in the water.

And the clip is lovely, to boot. It shows actual footage of the famous singer-songwriter going to a grocery store to buy party and barbecue supplies. The job is done with frantic fans snapping cellphone photos as Brown waits to buy everything in the queue.

To start the song, Brown, born in Chattanooga, Tennessee, talks about quitting work, getting a bottle of something to share, and diving — literally and figuratively — into classic fun, all with his signature croon:

It’s 4:30 on Friday, I get off at 5:00
I come to you, you come to me
Got a bottle of Jack and some cheap red wine
Yeah, our own little world
I want to open them, close all the doors
Spin you around on the kitchen floor
‘Cause all week I’ve been waiting
you and me girl

I just chill on the weekend, weekend
Sipping on something cheap, cheap
Skinny dipping in the deep end, deep end
Or bass fishing with your feet in, feet in

It’s a quiet, low-tempo, even relaxing song. It’s the perfect track for any vacation mixtape (or for the road trip as you drive to your desired destination). But what does the 28-year-old Brown himself remember creating the song?

We caught up with the artist for our May/June American Songwriter print edition, and here’s what he told us:

“We wrote this song – we were in a house by the lake,” Brown told American Songwriter. “And I literally – they were working on it for like 15 minutes, just on the track. And I’m talking about, seconds after I walked in the room, I was like, ‘I’m just chilling on the weekends!’ And they were like, ‘Ah, I love that!’ And I was like, ‘That’s what I’m hearing right now.’ So, that’s what we ended up writing.

For many, it can be difficult to land on something so simple yet so universal. Songwriters – like all artists (and everyone?) – can overthink their work. And while Brown says he may have a streak for the same, what he ultimately relies on is his instincts when it comes to the work he does and publishes.

And that’s good because if he puts out a track and does come out, he’ll probably be on the live show’s setlist for years to come.

“I think I really overthink a lot of things,” Brown said. “But I always end up following my instincts. At first, I never realized that whatever song I release, if it [does well] so more than likely I will sing it throughout my career. So this has come to mind many times in my last outings. So I think it’s a huge maturing game. Definitively.”

On “Weekend,” Brown keeps the vibe going. That’s why the song remains popular with listeners in general (the track has some 18 million plays on YouTube, alone) and on summer shows in particular.

Brown sings:

I just chill on the weekend, weekend
Sipping on something cheap, cheap
Skinny dipping in the deep end, deep end
Or bass fishing with your feet in, feet in
Up all night then we sleep, sleep

Check out a fan-made version of Brown’s track, which showcases her crystal-clear low end and knack for keeping the party flowing, below.

Photo courtesy of Sony Music

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