Blake Shelton has it all; he can tug at our heartstrings and make us laugh all in the same sentence. But as for this performance, he has melted our hearts.
Blake sang the song, "The Baby" which was originally released in 2002 from the album, The Dreamer. The song became Blake's second #1 hit, topping the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart and peaking at #28 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.. Way to go, Blake!
The touching song tells the story of a mother's love for her children. The narrator in the story is known as 'the baby' of the family, and tells stories about being the youngest.
He says, "I was the youngest child/So I got by with more". Most of us can relate to either being the baby, or knowing a baby of the family, and let's be honest they get away with everything!
He describes life, growing up with older siblings and always beings his mama's "baby".
In the end, the grown up "baby" receives a call saying that his mother is dying. He rushes to her, but is too late. He says, "I softly kissed that lady/and cried just like a baby."
The story is so touching and Blake's performance is as moving as ever.
Watch his emotional performance below.
My brother said that I
was rotten to the core.
I was the youngest child,
so I got by with more.
I guess she was tired by
the time I came along.
She'd laugh until she cried,
I could do no wrong.
She would always save me,
because I was her baby.
I worked a factory in Ohio,
a shrimp boat in the Bayou,
I drove a truck in Birmingham.
Turned 21 in Cincinnati,
I called home to mom and daddy,
I said "Your boy is now a man."
She said "I don't care if you're 80,
you'll always be my baby."
She loved that photograph,
of our whole family.
She'd always point us out,
for all her friends to see.
That's Greg he's doing great,
he really loves his job.
And Ronnie with his 2 kids,
how 'bout that wife he's got.
And that one's kinda crazy,
but that one is my baby.
I got a call in Alabama,
said come on home to Louisianna
and come as fast as you can fly.
Cause your momma really needs you,
and says she's got to see you,
she might not make it through the night.
The whole way I drove 80
so she could see her baby.
She looked like she was sleepin'
and my family had been weepin'
by the time that I got to her side.
And I knew that she'd been taken,
and my heart it was breakin',
I never got to say goodbye.
I softly kissed that lady
and cried just like a baby.
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