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Wilson urges Predators to "play harder"

Monday, April 26, 2010 – The Nashville Predators are taking all the help they can get in their tough Stanley Cup playoff series with the Chicago Blackhawks. And Gretchen Wilson is stepping to the fore to provide her voice with a changed-up version of Work Hard, Play Harder.

Wilson has been a fan of the Predators, who are down 3-2 in the best of seven series, since the team first formed. She re-wrote some of the lyrics and edited a video to include the new lyrics, comments and team and fan footage. The video debuted in Nashville's Bridgestone Arena during the Predators vs. Chicago Blackhawks Western Conference Quarterfinal game Thursday night, but didn't help as Chicago won 3-0.

Wilson was unable to attend Sunday night's game, as appearances on television shows "Chelsea Lately" and "Ellen" and performances in northern California kept her on the west coast this week. Fans can catch the video again when the Predators are back in Nashville for game 6 tonight, April 26.

The video is also slated to run at home games during the 2010/2011 season.

The Nashville Predators version of the song follows with the new lyrics in italics:

"I work a double shift on Monday, Tuesday I get up before dawn
Wednesday pourin' coffee, Thursday night I'm tending the bar
Well when Friday finally rolls around, I call my hockey tonkin' friends
And we're Smashville bound

I work hard, I play harder, and the Predators are ready to slaughter
Big hits, bad brawlers -- and we're scoring 'til we can't skate no farther

I work hard, I work hard, I work hard, I play harder
Now Preds are on the move, so let me see the blue in the stands
Predator party with your crew and put an icy brew in your hands

You know that people just can't understand how
I'm the first to clock in but the last to pass out.

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