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Blake Shelton Shows His Country Pride In Powerful Performance Of 'A Country Boy Can Survive'

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Blake Shelton is a country boy through and through.

Since Shelton has always been proud of his country roots, it only makes sense that he would chose to cover the anthem for country boys everywhere, Hank Williams Jr.'s "A Country Boy Can Survive."

"A Country Boy Can Survive" was both written and recorded by Williams and released as a single in 1982. The song peaked at the #2 spot on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart, and is considered to be one of Williams' signature songs even to this day. 

Shelton chose to perform his rendition of Williams' song during a concert at the Lorain County Fair in Ohio on August, 2008. 

Before singing, Shelton jokes around with the crowd as he sits down and grabs his guitar. 

"I'm a redneck y'all. I'll be real honest with ya, I can't tell you a damn thing about your heritage and all that stuff, but y'all got some big deer in this area."

Shelton then introduces the song by saying he's about to play something everyone should enjoy.

"If you come out to see me, you've got to be a freakin' redneck. So let's do a song for people like us here tonight."

Then with a few heavy strums on the guitar, Shelton leads into "A Country Boy Can Survive." 

A train whistle can be heard in the distance as he sings, and Shelton decides to take advantage of the situation to change up the words to the song a bit, singing, "and a country boy can survive, even as a train goes by."

But besides that one humorous moment, Shelton's performance is actually quite serious, and powerful as well. The crowd sings along with him and cheers every time he takes a short break.

Shelton finishes his performance on a strong note, with the crowd erupting into cheers and applause at the end.

Since Shelton is such a talented singer and a hard-core country boy, he seems like the perfect person to cover a major hit like "A Country Boy Can Survive."

LYRICS BELOW

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 Markets down
And you only get mugged if you go down town

I live back in the woods, you see
A woman and the kids, and the dogs, and me
I got a shotgun, a rifle, and a 4-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
We make our own whiskey and our own smoke, too
Ain't too many things these ole 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 one-of-'em old boys raised on shotgun
And we say grace and we say Ma'am
And if you ain't into that we don't give a damn

We came from the West Virginia coal mines
And the Rocky Mountains and the and the western skies
And we can skin a buck; we can run a trotline
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 one-of-'em old boys raised on shotgun
And we say grace and we say Ma'am
And if you ain't into that we don't give a damn

We're from North California and south Alabama
And little towns all around this land
And we can skin a buck; we can run a trotline
And a country boy can survive
Country folks can survive 

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