Alan Jackson‘s new single “The Older I Get” is the sort of lyrical masterpiece a young artist dreams of. It’s a bittersweet ballad that found the perfect voice for all the wisdom, good advice and adages the writers had to offer.

Could anyone else have worked through this song with the patience Jackson shows? Despite being past the peak of his commercial success, the Country Music Hall of Famer still gathers songs from some of Nashville’s best and then customizes them without taking credit. Officially Adam Wright, Hailey Whitters and Sarah Allison Turner wrote “The Older I Get,” but in a press release the 59-year-old admits to nipping and tucking each verse and chorus to his specifications.

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