Blake Shelton updates the shopworn country-way-of-life song with his new single “I Lived It,” fondly recalling images of his upbringing rather than boasting about how country he may or may not be.
The Oklahoma native performed the ballad on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Monday night, matching the song’s nostalgic vibe with a bittersweet delivery about times gone by.
“Them old Duke boys were flattening the hills, Hollywood was fake, wrestling was real,” he sings, before acknowledging the unique Southern quality of some of his references and slang. “You think I’m talking crazy / in a different language you might not understand.”
Written by Rhett Atkins, Ashley Gorley, Ben Hayslip and Ross Copperman, “I Lived It” is Shelton’s second single off his album Texoma Shore.
The singer and coach on NBC’s The Voice also joined Fallon on the couch for a chat, talking about the addition of Kelly Clarkson to the reality show. He played a game of “Name That Song,” too, but was unable to guess the Roots’ intro to Dolly Parton’s “Jolene,” much to Fallon’s delight. “I miss Johnny Carson so bad,” Shelton deadpanned.
Shelton also joined Fallon for a visit to a local palm reader, where they played up their odd-couple bromance to the hilt.