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.
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.