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 About the Song

Toby Keith. A titan of country music, a man’s man with a voice like gravel and a heart full of American grit. Now, when we delve into his vast catalogue, we find a treasure trove of storytelling anthems, flag-waving singalongs, and odes to the blue-collar life. But nestled amongst the barroom brawls and pickup truck ballads lies a curious number – “Show Me What You’re Workin’ With”.

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Released in 2013, on Keith’s aptly titled album “Drinks After Work”, this song throws a bit of a curveball. It’s not a tale of lost love or a hard day’s work. Instead, it leans into a more playful, suggestive side of country music.

Now, some might scoff at the idea of Toby Keith tackling suggestive lyrics. But here’s the beauty of the man – his authenticity shines through. He doesn’t try to be something he’s not. This is still a Toby Keith song, through and through.

The guitars twang with a familiar twang, the drums have a steady, working-class beat, and Keith’s voice, well, it still sounds like it could knock down a brick wall.

But within this familiar framework, there’s a sly wink, a playful nudge. The lyrics, while never venturing into the truly vulgar, dance a line between flirtation and good-natured ribbing.

It’s a song that feels perfect for a Friday night at the local honky-tonk, where the drinks are flowing, the laughter is loud, and everyone’s looking to have a good time.

“Show Me What You’re Workin’ With” isn’t Toby Keith’s most profound song, nor is it his most commercially successful. But it is a testament to his versatility as an artist. It shows that even a country music legend can have a little fun, can tap into a lighter side without sacrificing the core elements that make his music so beloved – heart, honesty, and a whole lot of down-home charm. So, put on your boots, grab your favorite beverage, and get ready for a good time Toby Keith style.

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