Tim McGraw‘s “Live Like You Were Dying” was one of the biggest songs of 2004, winning Single of the Year and Song of the Year at both the CMA and the ACM Awards that year and also won the Grammy Award for Best Country Song.
McGraw brought songwriters Tim Nichols and Craig Wiseman’s lyrics to life, having chosen the song because it had a special significance to him. He and his father had gone fishing just before he underwent a quadruple bypass surgery. Tim’s father, baseball player Tug McGraw, passed away from a brain tumor just six months before the single was released.
While the song is about a person’s perspective on life after learning about a life-threatening illness, one cowboy changed the lyrics and turned it into a parody song about his strict diet. Kody Rosensteel shared a video of his dad singing the hysterical song for some friends and it amassed over 18 million views on Facebook alone. The second you click play on the video below, you’ll understand why.
He sings about giving up twinkies and ding-dongs, buying a juicer, and trying to be an all-around healthier eater.
In the chorus, he passionately sings the following lyrics:
“I went bike riding / And I started jazzercising / I spent 2.7 minutes in a pair of spandex pants / And I breathe deeper / I’m a salad eater / And I still eat chicken but I don’t fry it / And I said, “My son, I hope you never have/To live life on diet.”
After one more chorus and verse about living a healthy lifestyle, he yells, “F&#% it,” and changes the chorus once again to:
“I quit bike riding / And I quit jazzercising / I spent 4.7 hours at Glen’s barbecue / I’m big and lazy / I ate biscuits and gravy / And if I see a milkshake, I’m gonna buy it / And I said, “My son, I hope you never have/To live life on diet.”
With every lyric, he had his friends and family laughing harder than the last. It is a truly entertaining and enjoyable video! Watch this cowboy sing “Live Life On A Diet” below.