I recently came to know the true meaning of “Chicken Tendies” by Clinton Kane. The title “Chicken Tendies” was given to this track as a joke, but once Clinton Kane decided to officially release this song he wanted it to sound as real as possible and the genuine message behind it to remain serious.
It’s about his mother, who he had a rocky relationship with and how he felt about not being close with his mom. However, the impact of her passing influenced the song that allowed Clinton Kane to jump-start his music career.
The song is sweet and melancholic on its own. About hoping that his mom is in a happier place now.
“Chicken Tendies” got its title inspired by the verse, “I thought I caught a glimpse of me and you | In our kitchen, where I cooked your favorite food | And if I’m being honest, I was a fool | So say the word and I’ll come running back to you”
He teased the verse on the internet and fans flooded the comments about naming the song chicken tenders as a joke. However, his mom’s favorite food was in fact chicken tenders.
The sentiments and stories that go behind a lot of musicians’ songs it what I love about being a fan. Music can teach you so much about someone’s past and trauma without them having to sit you down and explicitly tell you. A lot of the time you don’t realize that an amazing song could have stemmed from a hard time in an artist’s life.
My favorite verse of the song is the beginning. “I saw someone who looks just like you | In the back seat, with her hand out the sunroof | I swear it was the dress that I gave you | And I wonder, is your favorite color still blue?“
It’s moments when you start seeing someone you lost touch with everywhere you go, that make moving on that much more difficult.
He describes that the dress he saw someone wearing was the exact dress he gave her. You can’t help but get lost in the past when you think you’ve seen someone you once had a strong relationship with. Especially in his case, if it was his own mother.
The song is simple and sweet. Clinton Kane’s vocals are powerful and passionate and his pain is almost tangible.
I’m looking forward to seeing what comes next from Clinton Kane and how his music journey progresses.
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