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Blake Shelton Praises Heavenly Redemption in 'Jesus Got a Tight Grip'

After the brief detour with Trace Adkins that brought us polarizing single "Hell Right," Blake Shelton's promotion of future album Fully Loaded: God's Country is back on track thanks to the evangelistic fervor of "Jesus Got a Tight Grip."

The song and its Soundstage Sessions music video tackle a topic older than country music and grasped by everyone from Hank Williams to Carrie Underwood: how truths learned at a Sunday morning service wipe out years of bad decisions on Saturday nights.

It continues Shelton's run of tradition-grounded new tracks following 2018's "I Lived It" and this year's "God's Country." It also adds to a country-gospel repertoire which includes the 2016 single "Savior's Shadow."

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The song comes while Shelton's still busy promoting his CMA Award-nominated Garth Brooks duet "Dive Bar" and appearing on NBC's The Voice. It precedes the Dec. 13 arrival of Sheldon's Fully Loaded: God's Country album and the February launch of his Friends and Heroes 2020 tour.

"Jesus Got a Tight Grip" Lyrics

Well I ain't never been an angel
I ain't never been called a saint
Yeah, I've decorated every bar in town
With a big red coat of paint

But good thing I had a good raisin'
For all the Hell I've raised since then
When that roll is called up yonder
I know they've gonna let me in

'Cause Jesus got a tight grip on my soul
And he ain't letting go, he ain't letting go
The Devil reaches out but he can't grab hold
'Cause Jesus got a tight grip on my soul
And he ain't letting go, he ain't letting go
Might have a little rust on my halo
But when I'm gone I know where I'll go
'Cause Jesus got a tight grip on my soul

Now I've been a little more cold beer
Than holy water, it's true
More Saturday night on an old bar stool
Than a Sunday morning pew

But even old Hank Williams
Finally saw the light
And, oh hallelujah, I have too
And it ain't just the neon kind

'Cause Jesus got a tight grip on my soul
And he ain't letting go, he ain't letting go
The Devil reaches out but he can't grab hold
'Cause Jesus got a tight grip on my soul
And he ain't letting go, he ain't letting go
Might have a little rust on my halo
But when I'm gone I know where I'll go
'Cause Jesus got a tight grip on my soul, yeah
Jesus got a tight grip on my soul, yeah

Whoa, I got a long, long way to go
Whoa, but I'm gonna get there I know

'Cause Jesus got a tight grip on my soul
And he ain't letting go, he ain't letting go
The Devil reaches out but he can't grab hold
'Cause Jesus got a tight grip on my soul
And he ain't letting go, he ain't letting go
Might have a little rust on my halo
But when I'm gone I know where I'll go
'Cause Jesus got a tight grip on my soul
Jesus got a tight grip on my soul
Yeah he does, and he ain't letting go

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