Blake Shelton is Proud to be a ‘Country Boy’ in His Newest Song
The Voice coach Blake Shelton debuted a new song this week called “Come Back as a Country Boy.” The track will be available on the upcoming deluxe version of his album Body Language, out later this year.
In the song, Shelton shares his pride in being a “country boy,” saying it’s the only way he wants to come back after death. Shelton released a lyric video to go along with the track, featuring some quintessential country imagery.
Blake Shelton Releases New Song ‘Come Back as a Country Boy’
“Come Back as a Country Boy” was written by HARDY, Josh Thompson, and Jordan Schmidt. The new track will be featured on Body Language Deluxe, which is available for pre-order now. The album will be released on December 3. The original album came out in May of this year.
“When I die, I wanna come back as a country boy / No, there ain’t no better life if you ask me,” Shelton sings on the track’s chorus. “If my neck don’t come out red, then Lord, just keep me dead / ‘Cause a country boy’s all that I know how to be.”
“I think this song is an anthem for everyday hardworking country people out there,” Shelton said in a statement, according to People. “We have so much pride in who we are and what we do that, if we ever died and got the chance to live life over again, we probably wouldn’t do it if we couldn’t be country.”
The song’s lyric video features footage of a farm. Toward the end of the clip, things get a little bit surreal, as rocks and tractors start floating up into the sky. Considering the song is about reincarnation, it sort of fits with the tone.
Is The New Track Another ‘Minimum Wage’?
Some might say it’s hypocritical of Shelton to sing about being an everyday country guy whose “money has trouble making” when he’s worth millions of dollars. His song “Minimum Wage” previously received backlash for this very reason, but Shelton shared that he wasn’t always rich, and he made minimum wage in the past.
Then there’s the fact that the alternative — singing about a wealthy life — probably wouldn’t sit well with people either. A lot of country music involves singing about a lifestyle that doesn’t necessarily apply to the rich and famous artists behind the microphone.
Shelton’s fans certainly don’t seem to mind, if the comments on the song’s Instagram announcement are anything to go by. One follower said they have it on repeat, while another called it the “perfect car song.”