More than half a century after Mick Jagger first sang, "I can't get no satisfaction," Kenny Chesney takes that sentiment and expands it to money, power, success — all the things we chase, even though they don't guarantee happiness —in his bombastic new song, "Rich and Miserable."
"We climb the ladder but the ladder just grows," the country star sings in the brand-new tune from his upcoming Cosmic Hallelujah album.
The thought-provoking lyrics serve as societal criticism: We live in a world where "enough is never enough," and "we won't be happy 'til we're rich and miserable." Chesney delivers them with fury, sounding a bit like Imagine Dragons in cowboy hats. It's a departure from his signature sound, yet on par with what just may be his most experimental and introspective album yet.
"Rich and Miserable" is the third song released from Cosmic Hallelujah, which comes out this Friday, October 28th. It follows the chart-topping P!nk duet, "Setting the World on Fire," and another wake-up call song, "Noise," which laments all of the technology, media and other nuisances that stop us from taking time to smell the roses.