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Luke Combs + Amanda Shires Thank Mom and Dad With 'Without You'

In case you missed it, Luke Combs' "Without You," a new song shared from the forthcoming deluxe album edition of What You See is What You Get, teams one of mainstream country music's surefire hitmakers with Amanda Shires, a Texas fiddler and member of both Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit and the Highwomen.

Shires provides fiddle accompaniment for a song that perfectly captures the content of a dad's record collection and the pure intentions of a mom's heart. When Combs first shared "Without You" back in February, he dedicated it to his parents and then-fiancee Nicole Hocking.

It's not the first Combs and Shires collaboration. After Combs won Male Artist of the Year at the 2019 ACM Awards, Shires joined him onstage for a live performance of "Beautiful Crazy."

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Speaking of the ACM Awards, What You See is What You Get is your reigning Album of the Year. It gets the special edition treatment on Oct. 23 as What You See Ain't Always What You Get, which will include the pandemic-themed "Six Feet Apart" plus unreleased studio versions of "Cold As You," "The Other Guy," "My Kinda Folk" and "Forever After All."

"Without You" Lyrics

Dad sold every record he ever owned
Floyd and Zeppelin, Beatles, Stones
A lifetime of music gone just to get me through
Momma always had her a second job
Gone with the sun until six o'clock
Whatever it took to get by she was gonna do
Didn't dawn on me back then but now I see
Without them, I wouldn't be me

When I'm up here on this stage
The spotlight's on my face
But I see you
Sure it's me behind this mic stand
It's me strumming this Gibson
It's me they love to give the credit to
But me don't mean a thing without you

You make sacrifices every night and day
Never hear the crowd scream your name
But there's a smile and a hand to hold when the show is through
I'd give it all up just to keep your love
But you wouldn't let me because you care too much
About watching me watch my dreams all come true

When I'm up here on this stage
The spotlight's on my face
But I see you
Sure it's me behind this mic stand
It's me strummin this Gibson
It's me they love to give the credit to
But me don't mean a thing without you

You worked overtime to buy those tickets
The gas, the beer and the babysitters
Just to spend one night with your baby at a country show
Paid twenty damn dollars for a place to park
Got in line early to grab your spot
So you deserve every word, every line of your favorite tune

When I'm up here on this stage
The spotlight's on my face
But I see you
Sure it's me behind this mic stand
It's me strummin this Gibson
It's me they love to give the credit to
I'm just trying to give the credit where credit's due
Because me don't mean a thing without you
Without you

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Luke Combs + Amanda Shires Thank Mom and Dad With 'Without You'