Lauren Alaina Says She Didn’t Ask Luke Bryan For Permission To Sample “Country Girl (Shake It For Me)” In Her New Song With Lainey Wilson, “Thicc As Thieves”

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Better to beg for forgiveness than ask for permission, right?

That was Lauren Alaina‘s approach to her new song with Lainey Wilson, “Thicc As Thieves,” when she wanted to include a sample of a Luke Bryan song.

The song, which was written by Lauren along with Rocky Block, Dallas Davidson, Jacob Durrett and Parker Welling, finds Lauren and Lainey celebrating their…well, assets:

“We’re thicker than our accents, thicker than our hair
Thicker than the Georgia and Louisiana air
Thicker than molasses from the patches to the seams
Stealing hearts is in our jeans
Us southern girls, we’re thicc as thieves, we’re thicc as thieves
We’re thicc as thieves, we’re thicc as thieves”

And there’s also another co-writer on the song too: Luke Bryan. That’s because the song also includes a sample of Luke’s 2011 hit “Country Girl (Shake It For Me).” But Luke didn’t know he was going to be a co-writer on the song, because Lauren didn’t tell him about it until after she had already written it.

In an interview with Sirius XM, Lauren explained:

“When we were in the studio we snuck in “Country Girl (Shake It For Me).

I’ll never forget, randomly one night Luke FaceTimed me. Because, you know, to put someone else’s song in your song you have to ask them for permission.

I recorded it and asked for forgiveness.”

But she says that when Luke heard the song, he got a good laugh – and a FaceTime call from Luke – from the song:

“So we just did it and sent it to him and we were like, ‘Hey, is this ok?’

And he FaceTimed me and he was like, ‘Lauren!'”

Of course Lauren and Luke go way back. Lauren opened for Luke on her first ever tour with Luke and Jason Aldean, back when “Country Girl (Shake It For Me)” was one of the biggest songs in country music.

But what was his reaction to hearing the song from Lauren and Lainey?

“He was like, ‘Well y’all do have a lot in common, don’t ya? You girls are so funny.’…

I’m like a little sister to him, and I don’t really know his relationship with Lainey, but I know he’s got to be like, ‘How am I gonna talk about Lauren’s song?'”

Probably why she didn’t ask for permission to include it first. Better to ask forgiveness after the fact.

And if you haven’t heard it, here’s “Thicc As Thieves.”

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