Blake Shelton has had some big hits, but the release from his new album is something special. The track, titled “I Lived It” is what the singer refers to as “one of the greatest songs I’ve ever had a chance to record.” It was released ahead of his new album, Texoma Shore.
“I Lived It”
“I Lived It” is the last song on Shelton’s new album, Texoma Shore. Written by Ashely Gorley, Ben Hayslip, Rhett Atkins, and Ross Copperman, the song evokes some serious nostalgia.
The verses harken back to memories of younger years and simpler times. “Mama poured grease in a Crisco can,” he sings in the first verse. “Hollywood was fake and wrestling was real” are lines from the second. The chorus claims the title of the song:
“Oh, you think I’m talking crazy / In a different language you might not understand / Oh, that’s alright / That’s just the kind of life that made me who I am / Just taking my mind on a visit / Back in time ’cause I miss it / You wouldn’t know to love it like I love it / Unless you lived it / And man, I lived it / Oh man, I lived it.“
The song is notably reminiscent of 2017 CMA-nominated singer Miranda Lambert’s “Automatic.” (Interestingly, Lambert is Shelton’s ex-wife.) Lines from “Automatic” include “drying laundry on the line,” and “seems like only yesterday I’d get a blank cassette.”
“Keep coming back to my roots”
According to The Boot, when asked about the album, Shelton said “I Lived It” is the feature.
“That’s the song that really stands out to everybody as maybe the best song on the album,” Shelton says, noting that the song takes him back to his childhood. The artist calls the track “one of the greatest songs I’ve ever had a chance to record.”
“It’s hard to listen to this song without relating to it and having it take you back in time,” Shelton adds, “and it’s hard not to fall in love with this song.”
Texoma Shore follows Shelton’s 2016 album If I’m Honest, and it just came out November 3.