Can you even imagine karaoke without it?

By Perri Ormont Blumberg
January 10, 2018
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Garth Brooks Performing
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"Blame it all on my roots, I showed up in boots..."

You know you're in for a good evening when that 11-word flurry of candor hits your ears. Likely, the musician that comes to mind is none other than Mr. Garth Brooks. Written by songwriting pals Dewayne Blackwell and Earl Bud Lee in Nashville in 1989, the tune actually has a curious history that many don't know.

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On a new episode of CMT Hot 20 Countdown, Garth Brooks shared some surprising facts behind the classic anthem. "The thing that shocked me the most that I did not know was the thing with 'Friends in Low Places,' he began, referencing things he discovered from his new book Garth Brooks: The Anthology Part 1. "I knew that there was something with it...but I had no idea how close it came to not happening." As it turns out, George Strait was offered the iconic anthem first but the Texas singer opted to pass, and actually Mark Chestnutt recorded the song first. Brooks was finally allowed to record it under one condition: It had to be the lead single of his 1990 year album "No Fences." Somehow, Brooks and co. were "so busy out on the road" that they almost missed out on the chance. Cue those timeless 11 words and the violins.

Watch the full video clip below.