Morgan Wallen Details the Hardships of Fame In Personal New Song, ‘Livin’ The Dream’

Morgan Wallen just released a new track called “Livin’ The Dream” and it’s his most brutally honest song to date….


Lauren Jo Black

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November 20, 2020

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Morgan Wallen just released a new track called “Livin’ The Dream” and it’s his most brutally honest song to date.

The toe-tapping number finds Wallen mulling over the pitfalls of fame, admitting he “signed my life away to be the life of the party” and acknowledging that sometimes being in the spotlight isn’t all that it’s cracked up to be.

“I look like a rockstar, in and out of cop cars/ Livin’ out a suitcase, trashin’ hotel bars/ If I see the sunrise, it’s ’cause I stayed up all night/ Drinkin’ ’cause I need to, damn it, what a good life/ Judgin’ by my long hair, you might think I don’t care/ Sittin’ here, sippin’ and bitchin’ about a spot where/ People would kill to bе, kill to be, kill to be/ But y’all, it ain’t as good as it seems, this livin’ the drеam is/ Killin’ me, killin’ me, killin’ me/ It’s killin’ me, killin’ me, killin’ me,” the CMA New Artist of the Year sings on the chorus.

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Wallen hasn’t been one to shy away from his struggles with fame. During a recent appearance on The BobbyCast, the superstar detailed the rollercoasters of emotions he’s experienced since his rise to superstardom.

“Honestly, throughout this whole process, there’s been times where, for a while, I would just be like, ‘I’m kind of like lonely and I don’t know if I even like this,’” he said. “Then you know there’s another high and you’re like, ‘aw yeah I love this.’ It just kind of goes through phases.”

“Livin’ The Dream” showcases an entirely different side of Morgan Wallen, proving that his artistry goes well beyond radio-ready party anthems like “Whiskey Glasses” and “Up Down.” If this is any indication of what’s to come on his next record, fans are in for a real treat.

“Livin’ The Dream” was co-written by Wallen, Ben Burgess, Jacob Durrett and Michael Hardy and appears on his highly anticipated forthcoming sophomore album, Dangerous: The Double Album.

Available for pre-order/pre-save now, the project includes a whopping 30 tracks. Fans got a sneak peek of three new tracks: “Livin’ The Dream,” “Somebody’s Problem” and “Still Goin Down” on Friday (Nov. 20).

Dangerous: The Double Album will be available everywhere on January 8, 2021.

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.