It's Five O'Clock Somewhere

"It's Five O'Clock Somewhere"
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Single by Alan Jackson and Jimmy Buffett
from the album Greatest Hits Volume II
B-side"That'd Be Alright"[1]
ReleasedJune 2, 2003
RecordedMay 2003
GenreCountry
Length3:49
LabelArista Nashville
Songwriter(s)Jim "Moose" Brown
Don Rollins
Producer(s)Keith Stegall
Alan Jackson singles chronology
"That'd Be Alright"
(2002)
"It's Five O'Clock Somewhere"
(2003)
"Remember When"
(2003)
Jimmy Buffett singles chronology
"Far Side for the World"
(2002)
"It's Five O'Clock Somewhere"
(2003)
"Hey, Good Lookin'"
(2004)

"It's Five O'Clock Somewhere" is a song performed by Alan Jackson and Jimmy Buffett, and written by Jim "Moose" Brown and Don Rollins. It was released in June 2003 as the lead single from Jackson's 2003 compilation album Greatest Hits Volume II. It spent eight non-consecutive weeks at Number One on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart in summer of 2003. In addition, the song hit number 17 on the US Hot 100, making it the biggest pop hit for Jackson and the first top forty hit for Buffett since the 1970s. On November 5, 2003, it also won the Country Music Association (CMA) Award for Vocal Event of the Year. The song became the #3 country song of the decade on Billboard's Hot Country Songs Chart.

Content

The title refers to a popular expression used to justify drinking at any time of day, given that somewhere in the world it's 5:00 p.m. (the end of the work day for a traditional "nine-to-five" worker). The narrator states that he hasn't had a day off in over a year and that he wants to leave work and relieve his stress by drinking alcohol. The lyrics include the phrase, "It's only half-past twelve but I don't care. It's five o'clock somewhere", which means that even though it is not five o'clock in the narrator's time zone, it must be in another part of the world. 5 p.m. is typically the start of 'Happy-Hour' at most restaurants and bars.

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