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Decoding Blake Shelton’s Homage to Rustic Life in “Come Back as a Country Boy”

On May 21, 2021, country sensation Blake Shelton released his twelfth album, “Body Language,” showcasing pop-country collaborations with his wife Gwen Stefani, Brooks & Dunn, HARDY, and others. Seven months later, a deluxe edition of the album was unveiled, featuring four additional tracks.

In a bid to promote the expanded project, Shelton chose the previously unreleased track “Come Back as a Country Boy” as the final radio single. The spirited and resolute anthem quickly resonated with fans who appreciated its proclamation of love for the simplicity of small-town life.

The Lyrics

Crafted by Shelton, HARDY, Josh Thompson, and Jordan Schmidt, “Come Back as a Country Boy” blends rock elements with a polished mainstream country sound. In terms of lyrics, the song delivers exactly what one would anticipate: an unabashed plea for an everlasting existence in the cherished place they hold dear. From days spent baling hay on the farm to evenings accompanied by a cold beer, Shelton exults in the simple pleasures of life.

“So when I die, I wanna come back as a country boy No, there ain’t no better life if you ask me If my neck don’t come out red, then Lord, just keep me dead ‘Cause a country boy is all that I know how to be”

This recurring theme is a hallmark of Shelton’s songwriting, a approach that has consistently resonated with audiences. The Oklahoma native expresses his hope that the message of embracing one’s identity and roots resonates with longtime listeners.

“This song, in my opinion, stands as an anthem for the hardworking folks in the country,” Shelton conveyed in a statement when the song was first released. “We take immense pride in our identity and our way of life, to the extent that if given the opportunity to live life anew after death, many of us would choose to be nothing but country.”

The Impact

While “Come Back as a Country Boy” may not have been Shelton’s most commercially triumphant single, it garnered positive reception overall. The track reached its peak at No. 12 on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart, concluding the Body Language era as Shelton’s final radio release from the record. Beyond the realm of industry rankings, the song remains a cherished favorite among the critics that matter most to Shelton: his fans.

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