It’s George Strait’s birthday! To celebrate the King of Country, we are writing about five songs that you may not know. If you already know all of these songs, congratulations: you are a certified country music fan!
1. “I Can Still Make Cheyenne”
Written by Aaron Barker and Erv Woolsey, George Strait recorded and released this song in August 1996. The song was the third single from the album Blue Clear Sky, which features the popular song “Blue Clear Sky.” “I Can Still Make Cheyenne” is a song about a cowboy whose life centers around rodeo, which strains his relationship with his girlfriend. The cowboy was willing to miss out on the biggest rodeo of the year for her, but she leaves him for another man. The song’s melody is melancholic, and its chorus is bittersweet. If you are looking for a song to tug at your heartstrings, this is the one.
“The Weight of the Badge.”
From Strait’s newest album, Honky Tonk Time Machine (2019), “The Weight of the Badge” is about the life of a law enforcement officer. The song talks about the difficulties that officers go through, like worrying about their spouses and children, sustaining injuries that can land them in the hospital, and the moral obligations that come with being an officer. “The Weight of the Badge” has instrumentation that makes your spirit soar, like the pride of an officer doing his duties. This song is full of inspiration.
While Strait is great at singing about the lives of cowboys and other men, “How ‘Bout Them Cowgirls” goes out to the ladies. This song, from the album Strait Out Of The Box: Part 2 (2017) is lighthearted with a lively beat that makes you want to dance. The lyrics show how cowgirls are “one of the seven wonders of the world.” This is the perfect song for you to jam out with your girls in the car or while you’re getting ready for a night out.
On a spectrum of melancholic country music to country music that makes you want to dance for hours, “The Love Bug” is as close to the dancing spectrum as you can get. One of Strait’s most energetic and fun songs, “The Love Bug” is from Easy Come Easy Go (1993). The song is about the “love bug,” which makes people fall in love. This song is the oldest on this list, but don’t let that fool you. Its pop-infused rhythms make this song stick in your head like it came out yesterday.
5. “You’ll Be There”
Ending out our list of five songs you might not know from George Strait is “You’ll Be There.” The song is from Strait’s 2005 album Somewhere Down In Texas. In a time with so much uncertainty due to living in a pandemic and other global change, “You’ll Be There” is a comforting listen. It is about meeting loved ones “on the other side,” or in other words, Heaven. If you are feeling anxious, need a song to wind down to, missing a loved one, or looking for a lullaby, this song is perfect for that.
Happy Birthday to the King!
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