Morgan Wallen’s “Sand In My Boots” Sounds A Lot Like A Modern-Day “Anything But Mine” By Kenny Chesney

A man holding a guitar next to a man in a white hat

Like a lot of country music fans, I spent the weekend watching football and listening to Morgan Wallen’s new double album, Dangerous.

And as soon as I listened to the first song, “Sand in My Boots,” I couldn’t help but think that it reminded me a lot of a favorite song of mine from back in the day.

Turns out I wasn’t alone…

Over the weekend, many fans took to social media comparing “Sand in My Boots” to Kenny Chesney’s 2005 hit, “Anything But Mine.”

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.


just a few Tennessee boys helping each other out. #morganwallen #kennychesney #fyp #xyzbca

♬ original sound – Garrett Sanders

So whether he meant to or not, Morgan Wallen may have just given us an updated version of the Kenny Chesney CLASSIC, “Anything But Mine.”

“Sand In My Boots”

“Anything But Mine”

East Tennessee boys…

A beer bottle on a dock



A beer bottle on a dock