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Blake Shelton's Raw Cover of This Hank Williams Jr. Classic Is Country Gold

The former The Voice Coach did "A Country Boy Can Survive" justice. 

By Jackie Manno

All the way back in 2008 during a concert in Ohio, Blake Shelton honored his true-blue country style by performing a quintessential classic: "A Country Boy Can Survive" by Hank Williams Jr. 

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During the acoustic performance, the former The Voice Coach sang the narrative lyrics with a gritty Southern tone, hitting some ultra deep notes. He told the story with a rasp and determination, his voice soaring through the sustained notes in a very controlled way. 

Check out the epic performance here

About "A Country Boy Can Survive" by Hank Williams Jr. 

Released in 1982 as a single off his album The Pressure Is On, "A Country Boy Can Survive" is considered one of Williams Jr.'s signature songs. Rolling Stone described the song's message as, "The ultimate country power ballad about taking care of your own, far removed from the dangers of the city."

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Blake Shelton Covers Hank Williams Jr

"A Country Boy Can Survive" by Hank Williams Jr. lyrics 

The preacher man says it's the end of time
And the Mississippi River, she's a-goin' dry
The interest is up and the stock market's down
And you only get mugged if you go downtown

I live back in the woods you see
My woman and the kids and the dogs and me
I got a shotgun, a rifle and a four-wheel drive
And a country boy can survive
Country folks can survive

I can plow a field all day long
I can catch catfish from dusk 'til dawn (Yeah)
We make our own whiskey and our own smoke too
Ain't too many things these old boys can't do

We grow good-ole tomatoes and homemade wine
And a country boy can survive
Country folks can survive

Because you can't starve us out and you can't make us run
'Cause we're them old boys raised on shotguns
We say grace, and we say ma'am
If you ain't into that, we don't give a damn

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We came from the West Virginia coal mines
And the Rocky Mountains, and the western skies
And we can skin a buck, we can run a trot line
And a country boy can survive
Country folks can survive

I had a good friend in New York City
He never called me by my name, just Hillbilly
My grandpa taught me how to live off the land
And his taught him to be a businessman

He used to send me pictures of the Broadway nights
And I'd send him some homemade wine
But he was killed by a man with a switchblade knife
For 43 dollars, my friend lost his life

I'd love to spit some Beech-Nut in that dude's eyes
And shoot him with my old .45
'Cause a country boy can survive
Country folks can survive

'Cause you can't starve us out and you can't make us run
'Cause we're them old boys raised on shotguns
We say grace, and we say ma'am
If you ain't into that, we don't give a damn

We're from North California and South Alabam'
And little towns all around this land
And we can skin a buck, and run a trotline
And a country boy can survive
Country folks can survive
A country boy can survive
Country folks can survive

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