Remember when this classic Toby Keith song about getting older ruled the charts? YouTube

When Toby Keith co-wrote ?As Good As I Once Was” from his 2005 “Honkytonk University” album, it?s hard to think that the song was not somewhat autobiographical for the country star.

Keep in mind, Toby is a former semi-pro football player, derrick hand in the oil fields, and well, just an overall badass. All of these things, combined with the fact that Toby has never been one to back down from anything, it’s not a stretch to imagine that the “Should’ve Been a Cowboy” singer had put his rough and tumble days behind him.

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Obviously written as a tongue-in-cheek tune, the song was a huge hit back in 2005. So much so that this song, along with his ?Beer For My Horses? duet with Willie Nelson, are tied for his longest running No. 1 songs, each spending six weeks on top of the chart.

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This has always been the beauty of Toby though. “As Good As I Once Was” didn?t fit what was on the radio. It surely wasn?t politically correct. But the lyrics of the song are Toby Keith to the core, and that is what makes Toby a guy who has truly made it on his own terms.

Based in Chicago but often in Nashville, Ken Churilla is a contributor for Rare Country. Follow him @KenChurilla and join the conversation @RareCountry.
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