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Hear Jon Pardi's Rip-Roaring New Song 'Me and Jack'

"Me and Jack," the latest single off Jon Pardi's forthcoming album Heartache Medication, takes honky-tonk drinking songs in a more responsible direction.

After opening riffs from the Johnny Cash songbook, Pardi makes it clear that he's about to run down a different "Man in Black," Jack Daniels. Old-school fiddle, steel guitar and drum accompaniment join with Pardi's guitar work and familiar twang to share a warning story about a character with a drinking problem. Unlike the whiskey-spilling fairy tales in most vaguely Southern rock-sounding Americana acts' repertoires, the upbeat song realistically lays out the downside to too many good times.

It's the third teaser from Heartache Medication, out Sept. 27. Earlier singles include the fiddle-driven, George Strait-inspired title track and "Ain't Always the Cowboy," a song in which it's the woman in a cowboy's life who's unwilling to settle down.

"Me and Jack" Lyrics:

Back when I was just eighteen, I met the man in black
He said Jon, "it's nice to meet you, my name is Jack"
We hung out all the time, we became good friends
We ran around, we hit the town every damn weekend
I started missin' work 'cause I was dog tired
That boss man had enough and good 'ol Jack got me fired

Me and Jack don't get along no more
He's high up on the shelf while I'm lyin' on the floor
He makes me do things I've never done before
He makes me cuss, he makes me fight
Don't know what I did last night
Should've left his ass at the liquor store
Naw, me and Jack don't get along no more

I saw the girl of my dreams and man she made me nervous
So, I leaned on my buddy Jack 'cause he gave me the courage
I swept her off her feet, stole her heart and made her mine
She moved in and didn't like my friend Jack takin' all our time
She started gettin' jealous, said Jack's got to go
He just wouldn't leave so my girl hit the road

And me and Jack don't get along no more
He's high up on the shelf while I'm lyin' on the floor
He makes me do things I've never done before
He makes me cuss, he makes me fight
Don't know what I did last night
Should've left his ass at the liquor store
Naw, me and Jack don't get along no more

Well Jack got me in a trouble and I wound up in jail
So, I'm here doin' time 'cause he won't pay my bail
I'm gonna change my ways as soon as I get out
I'm headed for that liquor store to buy a fifth of Crown, 'cause

Me and Jack don't get along no more
He's high up on the shelf while I'm lyin' on the floor
He makes me do things I've never done before
He makes me cuss, he makes me fight
Don't know what I did last night
Should've left his ass at the liquor store
Naw, me and Jack don't get along no more

Naw, me and Jack don't get along no more
Naw, we don't

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