The Song Remembers When: Blake Shelton – “I Lived It”

We take you behind the scenes and explore the making of one of our favorite tunes with The Song Remembers When…


In 2018, Blake Shelton released his song “I Lived It.” It was written by Rhett Akins, Ross Copperman, Ashley Gorley, and Ben Hayslip – four of Nashville’s great songwriters.

Rhett, Ashley, and Ben were out with Luke Bryan on his Farm Tour. It was about 2 a.m., and the three writers decided to write, as they put it, “the most country song” they could.  They all came up with lyrics about real life that they had experienced growing up in the country, lines like “Grandaddy smoked Salems with the windows up” and “Uncle Joe put tobacco on my hand where the yellow jackets tore me up.”

But, that night they left the song unfinished. It wasn’t until months later, when they were meeting up with Ross, that Ben brought up the “country living song” that they’d started months prior. So, the four of them went to work on finishing it up.

They all thought that Blake would be a perfect fit for it. It was Ross who sent it over to Blake’s producer Scott Hendricks whose response was: “We have to have this song for Blake.”

The song reached inside the Top 5, peaking at number three, in the summer of 2018 and it’s this week’s The Song Remembers When. Here’s Blake Shelton and “I Lived It.”


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