“I Was On a Boat That Day”
Written by Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne, Matthew Ramsey, Trevor Rosen, Whit Sellers, Geoff Sprung, and Brad Tursi
The arrangement does all of the heavy lifting here.
“I Was on a Boat That Day” treads familiar lyrical ground for bro and bro-adjacent country: my girl left me, but I was having too much fun partying to notice or care.
This incarnation of the well-worn theme has a buoyancy that makes the song feel like anything but a heartbreak number. It’s sung with enthusiasm, with the rapid fire bridge/chorus transition working particularly well. It’s so catchy that audiences are likely to sing along with it. Interesting instrumentation choices give it a distinctive flair that stands out from the typical “put some light steel drums on it and it’s an island song” approach that has become so rote in Nashville production.
So while “I Was On a Boat That Day” isn’t novel from a thematic perspective, it’s a fresh sounding record that makes for an enjoyable listen.