The similarities between the two songs are pretty undeniable.
Both tell the story of finding a summer fling at the beach, and then driving home to Tennessee (yes, the Cleveland in “Anything But Mine” is the one in east Tennessee, not Ohio) wondering what could have been. Of course, “Anything But Mine” is arguably the best song of Kenny’s career, even Eric Church thinks so.
Let’s look at the lyrics to the chorus of both songs. First we have “Anything But Mine” –
And in the morning I’m leaving Making my way back to Cleveland So tonight I hope that I will do just fine And I don’t see how you could ever be Anything but mine
Then we have “Sand in My Boots.”
Yeah but, now I’m dodging potholes in my sunburnt Silverado Like a heart-broke Desperado, headin’ right back to my roots Somethin’ ’bout the way she kissed me tells me she’d love Eastern Tennessee Yeah, but all I brought back with me was some sand in my boots
And even listening to the melodies, they have some similarities.