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Listen to Cody Jinks’ Electrifying Honky-Tonker, ‘Lifers’

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Cody Jinks will release his new album Lifers on July 27. Today, the Texan shared the empathetic title track, a tribute to hardworking dreamers across the land.

“Lifers” opens with Jinks paying tribute to an early-rising Waco farmer, “a dying breed, a thing of the past.” The second verse follows a “troubadour queen,” a Nashville dreamer “livin’ off tips in them Broadway bars,” comparing the unyielding spirits of two people with very different, but equally challenging dreams.

Built around a driving beat and a pedal steel, “Lifers” is an anthem for the blue collar “lifers” of all backgrounds.

Listen to the track below.

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The track is the second release from Lifers, following “Must Be the Whiskey.” Earlier this year, footage surfaced of Jinks performing another new song, the scorching “Can’t Quit Enough.”

On August 18, Jinks, who recently signed with Rounder Records, will hold the inaugural Loud and Heavy Fest in Fort Worth, Texas. The festival, curated by Jinks, will include Whitey Morgan, Colter Wall, Nikki Lane, Paul Cauthen, Ward Davis, Sunny Sweeney and more.

‘Lifers’ Lyrics:

He wakes with the chickens in the Waco sun
He’s got mouths to feed and cattle to run
Same as his daddy and his daddy done
It’s all he’s ever known
In this modern world movin’ breakneck fast
He’s a dying breed, a thing of the past
He’ll be damned if he don’t hit back
When you stand in his way
When there’s nothin’ more to say

So here’s to the lifers
The struggle and strifers
Workin’ long after the day is done
Here’s to the throwbacks, the cowboys in old hats
the last of the great generation it seems
They still dream

She’s a Renaissance girl with a fire in her soul
She’s got a pocket full of nothin’
Nobody tells her no
She flew into town 20 years ago with a guitar and a song
She’s been playing them rooms but she ain’t got far
Been livin’ off tips in them Broadway bars
She’s a troubadour queen, time left its mark
in a scene that’s passed her by, in a world that’s passed her by

So here’s to the lifers
The struggle and strifers
Workin’ long after the day is done
Here’s to the throwbacks, the cowboys in old hats
the last of the great generation it seems
They still dream

No they don’t give up and they don’t give in
When things don’t go their way
Yeah, we’re gettin’ knocked down and we’re gettin’ back up
Live to die another day

(Repeat chorus)

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Listen to Cody Jinks’ Electrifying Honky-Tonker, ‘Lifers’