Sneak Peek: Watch Blake Shelton Remake a Doobie Brothers Classic

updated 10/16/2014 AT 09:15 AM EDT

originally published 10/15/2014 AT 01:30 PM EDT

He may act like it on The Voice, but Blake Shelton doesn't know it all.

If you had asked him previously what The Doobie Brothers song "Listen to the Music" was about, he would have stated the obvious: it's about listening to the music.

But, through a new collaboration with The Doobie Brothers on their upcoming album Southbound, Shelton reveals he was missing the song's message all along.

In a new video in which he talks about his own remake of the song for the covers album, Shelton says, "We were in here recording the song and I'm looking at the lyric going, 'I didn't realize that's what you were saying.' [They go], 'Yeah, this is like a statement on world leaders, if they can all get together and hang out together.' It's like, 'What? I just thought it was about whistling while you work or something!'"

Clearly, collaborating with the legendary rock group and with country crooner Hunter Hayes – who plays guitar on the track – was a learning experience and a career milestone for the country star.

He adds: "Down the road I'll be able to look back and say, 'Man, I got to be a part of The Doobie Brothers.' This is just a cool factor for me."

Watch Shelton and The Doobie Brothers work their music magic in the studio in the clip above. Southbound, available Nov. 4, also features country stars Toby Keith, Brad Paisley and the Zac Brown Band. Pre-order it now on iTunes or Amazon.

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