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Country Rewind: Blake Shelton's Wry Cover of George Jones' 'The King is Gone (So Are You)'

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Blake Shelton tips his hat to the Possum with this Nov. 2018 cover of George Jones' "The King is Gone (So Are You)." Shelton delivers a faithful cover of the 1989 tune, which follows a down-on- his-luck brokenhearted man who turns to a bottle of liquor shaped like the King of Rock & Roll.

The tongue-in-cheek track was written by Roger D. Ferris and featured on Jones' album One Woman Man.

The song follows Shelton's cover of Bobby Bare's "Tequila Sheila" which he released earlier that November from his Friends and Heroes Session.

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The Oklahoma native and judge from NBC's The Voice's love for classic country songs goes hand in hand with his Friends and Heroes Tour, which featured both Shelton's heroes and contemporaries: John Anderson, the Bellamy Brothers, Trace Adkins and Lauren Alaina.

Many fans may remember "The King is Gone (So Are You)" from live cover versions by country music supergroup The Highwaymen.

This story originally ran on Nov. 18, 2019.

"The King is Gone (So Are You)" Lyrics

Last night I broke the seal on a Jim Beam decanter
That looks like Elvis
I soaked the label off a Flintstone's Jelly Bean jar
I cleared us off a place on that
One little table that you left us
And pulled me up a big ole piece of floor

I pulled the head off Elvis
Filled Fred up to his pelvis
Yabba Dabba Doo, the King is gone
And so are you

'Round about ten we all got to talking
'Bout Graceland, Bedrock and such
The conversation finally turned to women
But they said they didn't get around too much
Elvis said, "Find 'em young"
And Fred said "Old Fashioned girls are fun"
Yabba Dabba Doo, the King is gone
And so are you

Later on it finally hit me
That you wouldn't be 'a comin' home no more
'Cause this time I know you won't forgive me
Like all of them other times before
Then I broke Elvis's nose
Pouring the last drop from his toes
Yabba Dabba Doo, the King is gone
And so are you
Yabba Dabba Doo, the King is gone
And so are you

Last night I broke the seal on a Jim Beam decanter
That looks like Elvis
I soaked the label off a Flintstone's Jelly Bean jar..

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