Part 4 of the the George Strait countdown…
George Strait Songs Part 4
It’s hard to know what songs are autobiographical when it comes to George Strait. He only recently started getting back into writing. Mostly over the years George has covered other songs, but he always has a way of playing the storyteller that his songs come through genuine. Troubadour was the title track of a recent album from George and it’s autobiographical in lyric and fits George himself. George is a singing man from Texas. He rode into the hearts of country fans 30 some years ago with a plan to bring his music to the world and he’s still singing the best songs of anybody out there.
19. Living For The Night
George started recording his own penned songs again in 2009 and he released a single that year he co-wrote with his song Bubba. Living for the Night has a cryptic feeling to it. It’s a sad song about a goodbye that haunts the narrator. Since George had a hand in writing this song and because his emotion came through so convincingly in the song people were looking for the meaning of the song. George’s daughter died tragically in a car accident in 1986. He’s dedicated songs to her in the past. I don’t even know how to relate to the idea of losing a child. It must have been horrible. Some think Living for the Night may be about George and his daughter. It’s a great song that meant a lot for many listeners.
18. You Can’t Make a Heart Love Somebody
This is a sad tune. You Can’t Make a Heart Love Somebody sees George as the storyteller. He’s telling the story of a guy sitting at dinner wit his girl. He’s ready to ask her to marry him and finally does it. At that point she tells him she’s done all she can to convince herself that the love they have will work forever. She just can’t do it. She tells him you can lead a heart to love, but you can’t make it fall. It’s a twist on the common phrase you can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink. George always finds ways to get his cowboy background into his hits.
17. The Chill of an Early Fall
I’m not sure why but The Chill of an Early Fall is one of George’s songs that can be overlooked from time to time. It’s a song I look to as a great one in country music history. I interpret the song as a guy with a woman. He knows she’s been with a guy before or perhaps cheated in the past. He feels the chill of an early fall when he thinks about it and when the guy comes around. Is he just a friend or was it more? The question torments the narrator and George captures the emotion needed to make this song work. It’s a well written song performed even better by the King.
16. If I Know Me
I’ll come out and say it – sometimes women drive men crazy. And I’m sure it works exactly the same way from the other side too. If I Know Me is one of my favorite George Strait songs. The track is about a guy that gets into it with his gal. They have another fight and he ends up getting in his truck and hitting the road. He knows she probably thinks he’s gone for good, but he knows that somewhere down the road he’s going to turn right back around and head home to her. Sometimes no matter how much a man and woman fight there is always something pulling them together. That’s what this song is about and with George’s classic vocals the song hits home.
15. I Cross My Heart
If you’ve seen George’s motion picture starring role in Pure Country you have to remember the final scene where Dusty wins back the heart of Harley. I Cross My Heart is a classic love song with swooning vocals and loving lyrics. The song is a promise from a man to a woman that he’ll always be there for her and love her until they are both gone. The song became a big hit and helped make the soundtrack one of George’s biggest albums. The track also capped off the movie well and it’s a reason why George’s first venture into cinema was a huge success.
14. Love Without End, Amen
Here’s a song for all of those little hell raising kids out there. Love Without End, Amen starts out as a song about a dad’s love for his son. The kid gets sent home from school for fighting. He’s terrified of what his dad will do to him, but to the kid’s surprise his dad gives him a little lesson and then tells him that no matter what he’ll always love him. The narrator in the song passes that sentiment on to his own son years later. The song touches on faith in the end where there is more never ending love. It’s a great song and any parent has always felt a special connection with the tune.
13. Give It Away
Jamey Johnson co-wrote this song of the year for George Strait. The song is about a familiar topic in country music – divorce. You almost have to cover topics that have been done before when you set out to make a hit song in Nashville. To make a song unique it needs a unique twist on phrasing along with a unique sound. To really make a hit the song has to make sense to people when they first hear it. Give It Away accomplished praise and plays and became a classic Strait hit. George spun the vocals and took a great song and made it something people love to hear. It’s one of his best and one of the best country songs of all time as well.
12. All My Exes Live In Texas
Sometimes when things are going bad in life it’s best to take the positive spin. For this song George plays the narrator that’s looking back and kind of laughing at his history with women. He realizes that he has so many exes back in Texas they could fill up the Alamo. The song is all fun and it comes across that way in the way George delivers it. At the end of the chorus George makes sure to let listeners know that his exes live in Texas and that’s why he’s spending his time in Tennessee. I’m sure we’d all hope to put a little space between us and a few exes.
11. Ocean Front Property
I love this song. Every so often George released a song that had a bit of wit to it. Ocean Front Property has a great groovy mid tempo speed and George rolls through with his classic smooth vocals. The song is about a guy telling his ex girlfriend that he’s not going to miss her. He’s laying it on thick that she really didn’t mean that much to him. Then by the chorus he’s telling her that if she really believes that he’s got some ocean property to sell her in Arizona. The saying is to the point of cliche now, but it doesn’t make the song any less fun to listen to when it comes on the radio.