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It’s hard to believe that Reba McEntire’s “Whoever’s in New England” is more than 30 years old. What’s not hard to believe, though, is that Cody Johnson has made the classic country cheatin’ song sound brand new.

Johnson shared the acoustic cover last week, when he tweeted about it for his friends, family, fans and followers. He made his video — armed with just his voice and his guitar — at Orb Recording Studio in Austin, TX. (And he tweaked the pronouns in the song so that he’s questioning his wife instead of his wife questioning him.)

Hey #COJONation! My cover of @reba’s song “Whoever’s In New England” is now available everywhere for y’all to hear. Take a listen: https://t.co/4GRHF8hRei pic.twitter.com/QvjBq7jbyn

— Cody Johnson (@codyjohnson) November 27, 2020

The song was originally written by Kendal Franceschi and Quentin Powers, and McEntire recorded it and released it in 1986 on her album of the same name. Later that year, it was nominated for Best Country Song at the 29th Annual GRAMMY Awards.

Full lyrics for “Whoever’s in New England”:

You spend an awful lot of time in Massachusetts


Seems like every other week you’ve got a meeting waiting there


Business must be booming or could something else


Be moving in the air up there?

You say that it’s important for our future


An executive on his way up has got to play the part


And each time duty calls you got to give it all


You’ve got with all your heart

When whoever’s in New England is through with you


And Boston finds better things to do


You know it’s not too late


’Cause you’ll always have a place to come back to


When whoever’s in New England’s through with you

I hear the winter time up north can last forever


I’ve been told it’s beautiful to see this time of year


They say the snow can blind you till the world you left behind


Just disappears I hear

I’ve packed your bags and left them in the hallway


But before you leave again


There’s just one thing you ought to know


When the icy wind blows through you remember that it’s me


Who feels the cold most of all

When whoever’s in New England is through with you


And Boston finds better things to do


You know it’s not too late


Cause you’ll always have a place to come back to


When whoever’s in New England’s through with you

McEntire’s video was classic 80’s Reba, with her playing the role of the dubious housewife starting to question her husband’s comings and goings, but letting him know she’ll be there for him when whoever’s in New England is through with him.

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Alison makes her living loving country music. She’s based in Chicago, but she’s always leaving her heart in Nashville.

@alisonbonaguro