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Hear Midland's Ode to the Honky-Tonks, 'Playboys'

Although the term "outlaw" gets tossed around a little too much these days, it definitely applies to "Playboys," the latest single off Midland's forthcoming sophomore album Let It Roll, out Aug. 23.

Those opening guitar riffs could've come from Waylon Jennings' telecaster, and they set the pace for a song built on the clever wordplay and vivid storytelling we associate with the '70s output of Jennings, Jessi Colter, Willie Nelson and friends. It's a testament to the old-school country acumen of not just band mates Jess Carson, Cameron Duddy and Mark Mystrach, but also their award-winning songwriter and producer pals Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne.

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Per a press release, Midland has spent the last two years on the road with George Strait, Tim McGraw and Little Big Town, as well as touring around the globe. They just announced their Let It Roll Tour which kicks off in New York City September 17 and traverses the globe to Australia throughout the fall.

"Playboys" Lyrics

She said, "I guess there ain't no right way
For you to say goodbye again
You been looking at the highway
Where your heart has always been
I could cuss you from here to Tuscon
There ain't nothing left to say, boy"
She said "I thought that I could change you
Aw, but you were born a playboy"

So get on the stage and play boys
Let's kick out the lights, get high, and make noise
We might drink a little too much whiskey
We might have a little too much fun
She's already gone away, boys
If we don't go home, what difference does it make, boys?
This ol' world would be a dull place, boys
If it was all work and no playboys

A hundred miles outside of Houston
Third name on the marquee sign
But out here you get used to losing
Your friends, your lovers, and your min

So get on the stage and play boys
Let's kick out the lights, get high, and make noise
Yeah let's drink a little too much whiskey
Yeah let's have a little too much fun
She's already gone away, boys
If we don't go home, what difference does it make, boys?
This ol' world would be a dull place, boys
If it was all work and no play, boys
(Play boys!)

Set 'em up, we'll knock 'em down
Wake up in another town
We don't know no other way
We ain't good at love
We ain't good at much
We just know how to play, hey, hey

I'm just a playboy
You can't blame me for the way that I was made boys
Yeah I might drink a little too much whiskey
Yeah I might have a little too much fun
She's already gone away, boys
If we don't go home, what difference does it make, boys?
This ol' world would be a dull place, boys
If it was all work and no playboys

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