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Blake Shelton Releases Tradition-Grounded New Song 'Bible Verses'

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Sound unheard (as opposed to sight unseen), the song title "Bible Verses" telegraphed that Blake Shelton's forthcoming album Body Language would offer a serene counter-punch to the bravado of "Minimum Wage."

New songwriters (and potential King James-only Baptists) Joe Fox, Andrew Peebles and Brett Sheroky deliver on those expectations with an acoustic guitar-driven confessional about how our relationship with God on a given day can be the difference between the Good Book feeling confrontational or comforting.

"'Bible Verses' is an honest take on that conflict," Shelton says in a press release. "But, without preaching too much, it's hopeful that everything will all work out in the end."

It's the third song we've heard so far off Body Language. Its track list also features the Gwen Stefani duet "Happy Anywhere" and the before-mentioned "Minimum Wage."

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"Bible Verses" closes the album and delivers on Shelton's promise of at least one song grounded in traditional country.

"We've been working on this album on and off for two years now, and I'm very proud of what we have put together. We certainly had some unique challenges with the pandemic, but we also had a lot of fun," Shelton said in a prior press release. "We explored new sounds while making sure to get in some classic country."

Shelton's new album arrives on May 21 via Warner Brothers Nashville and Ten Point Productions. It's his 12th album (a tally that doesn't include the 2019 compilation Fully Loaded: God's Country).

"Minimum Wage" Lyrics

I ain't ever worn a halo
Don't suppose I ever will
As far as saving me goes
It's a battle up a hill
But I keep climbin', tryin', fightin'

Got a King James in the dresser
And I take it out sometimes
But Lord knows, I ain't measured
Up to what's inside
And they say that that's okay
But I keep praying for the day

That I can open up that good book
And Heaven don't look
Like it's out of reach
When it feels like those apostles
Are giving me the gospel
And not the third degree
I just want it to read
Like Bible verses
And not the Bible versus me

I woke up in last night's clothes
And it's whiskey on my lips
If God's looking down, I know
He's really looking down on this
But I have faith that I can change
I keep praying for the day

That I can open up that good book
And Heaven don't look
Like it's out of reach
When it feels like those apostles
Are giving me the gospel
And not the third degree
I just want it to read
Like Bible verses
And not the Bible versus me

I'm just tryin' to give myself a little grace
'Til those words and me get on the same page

And I can open up that good book
And Heaven don't look
Like it's out of reach
When it feels like those apostles
Are giving me the gospel
And not the third degree
I just want it to read
Like Bible verses
And not the Bible versus me

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Blake Shelton Releases Tradition-Grounded New Song 'Bible Verses'