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For one very brief moment Thursday (Nov. 3), Blake Shelton set his hysterical sense of sarcastic humor aside on Twitter . And he was serious, bittersweet and very human. He was online to tweet praise (and pride) that a song he and his wife Miranda Lambert wrote together (“Over You”) was one of the top downloaded songs of the day. It’s a song about Shelton’s brother, who died tragically young. “It’s odd … Being this proud but at the same time wishing it never had to be written,” he wrote. “I still miss my brother everyday. Every single day.” Then he added, “Just saw that ’Over You’ by Miranda is one of the top 5 most downloaded country songs right now … So proud. So unbelievably proud.” On a scale of mildly weepy to pull-the-car-over-because-you- can’t-drive-and-cry-at-the-same time, this song is right about in the middle. With lyrics like, “You went away/How dare you?/I miss you/They say I’ll be OK/But I’m not going to ever get over you,” you can tell how Shelton suffered so many more emotions than just grief. I hope hearing his wife sing it is therapeutic for him.