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Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson Accepts Kelly Clarkson's Duet Invite With a Line From 'Islands in the Stream'

To promote his NBC sitcom Young Rock, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson returned to the Kelly Clarkson Show. While chatting with Clarkson about his new show, Johnson also explained his teenage aspirations to become a country singer on Nashville's Lower Broadway (or as he repeatedly calls it, Broad Street).

Fellow country fan Clarkson turned Johnson's Music City memories into an excuse to suggest a post-pandemic duet between an American Idol and a pro wrestler turned Hollywood megastar.

Johnson accepted this Kellyoke rain check by belting out a line from "Islands in the Stream," the Bee Gees-penned 1982 hit for Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton.

The Rock still loves much of the same "three chords and the truth, steel guitar kind of country." Nowadays, he lists Tyler Childers, Sturgill Simpson and other tradition-minded acts as favorites.

As for Johnson's singing chops, he's better than he claims, as heard in the film Moana.

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Johnson was the first guest on Clarkson's new talk show back in Sept. 2019, filling in for his Central Intelligence and Jumanji co-star and real-life best friend Kevin Hart. At the time, Hart was recovering from a car accident.

Young Rock debuted on Feb. 16 with an episode that should appeal to those of us who grew up watching the in-ring exploits of the Junkyard Dog, Andre the Giant and The Rock's dad, Rocky Johnson.

For your own Kellyoke fun, here's the lyrics to "Islands in the Stream."

"Islands in the Stream" Lyrics

Baby, when I met you
There was peace unknown
I set out to get you
With a fine tooth comb
I was soft inside
There was something going on

You do something to me
That I can't explain
Hold me closer and I feel no pain
Every beat of my heart
We got something going on
Tender love is blind
It requires a dedication
All this love we feel
Needs no conversation
We ride it together, ah ha
'Cause we love one another, ah ha

Islands in the stream
That is what we are
No one in between
How can we be wrong
Sail away with me
To another world
And we rely on each other, ah ha
'Cause we love one another, ah ha

I can't live without you
If the love was gone
Everything is nothing
If you got no one
And you did walk in the night
Slowly losing sight of the real thing

But that won't happen to us
And we got no doubt
Too deep in love and we got no way out
And the message is clear
This could be the year for the real thing

No more will you cry
Baby, I will hurt you never

We start and end as one
In love forever
We can ride it together, ah ha
'Cause we love one another, ah ha

Islands in the stream
That is what we are
No one in between
How can we be wrong
Sail away with me
To another world
And we rely on each other, ah ha
'Cause we love one another, ah ha

Islands in the stream
That is what we are
No one in between
How can we be wrong
Sail away with me
To another world
And we rely on each other, ah ha
'Cause we love one another, ah ha

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