Born on May 18, 1952, George Harvey Strait is my all-time favorite country singer. Besides his awesome singing, I enjoyed his acting as well in the movie ‘Pure Country’ (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0105191/). In fact, my top three songs come from the film’s soundtrack.
1. I Cross My Heart #1- ‘Pure Country’ (1992)
What woman wouldn’t want to hear her lover speak these words? “I cross my heart and promise to give all I’ve got to give to make all your dreams come true. In all the world you’ll never find a love as true as mine. You will always be the miracle that makes my life complete, And as long as there’s a breath in me, I’ll make yours just as sweet. As we look into the future, it’s as far as we can see, So let’s make each tomorrow be the best that it can be.” The love between George’s character “Dusty” and his girlfriend Harley (played by Isabel Glasser) is reflected in so tenderly in their eyes and smiles. This song has been used over the years as the “perfect wedding song” for many.
2. Heartland #1 – ‘Pure Country’ (1992)
This fast tempo, full throttle country song, complete with steel guitars, violins, drums and pyrotechnics, will get you on your feet in no time flat. It is the first song in the film where we get introduced to “Dusty” and his concert-touring life. It describes what living in the country’s heartland is all about – Opry music, endless blue mornings, simple people living side by side and neighbors waving as they drive.
3. Last in Love – ‘Pure Country’ (1992)
A sad love song that everyone at one time has experienced at one time or another. “Blues outside my door, I don’t even know if it’s rainin’. But I’ve been here before, and I don’t want to be here again. Every now and then voices on the wind call me back to the first time. Far away and clear you can hear the teardrops fallin’ for the last in love.”
4. Check Yes or No #1 – ‘Strait Out of the Box’ (1995)
This song is such a cute story how love started in the third grade when the girl who sat next to him sent him a note that said, “Do you love me? Do you want to be my friend? Check yes or no.” Now, twenty years later as man and wife, they are still very much in love and where he used to chase her around the schoolyard; he now chases her around the house.
5. I Just Want to Dance with You – ‘One Step at a time’ – (1998) #1
There’s always a little trepidation when you go up to someone that you’re attracted to for the first time. You get caught giving stolen glances and feel the shyness within you but you just want to dance with that person. That’s what this song is about: “I don’t want to be the kind to hesitate, be too shy, wait too late. I don’t care what they say other lovers do, I just want to dance with you. I gotta feeling that you have a heart like mine, So let it show, let it shine. If we have a chance to make one heart of two, I just want to dance with you.”
6. Carrying Your Love with Me #1 – ‘Carrying your love with me’ (1997)
Being a traveling man can put a strain on him (and his loved ones) when they leave their family behind for periods of time. What do you do to keep them in the forefront of your thoughts, close to your heart? “On a lonely highway, stuck out in the rain. Darlin’ all I have to do is speak your name. The clouds roll back and the waters part. The sun starts shining in my heart for you. You’re right there in everything I do, ’cause… I’m carrying your love with me. West Virginia down to Tennessee. I’ll be movin’ with the good Lord’s speed. Carrying your love with me. It’s my strength for holdin’ on, every minute that I have to be gone. I’ll have everything I ever need. Carrying your love with me.”
7. The Man in Love with You #4 ‘Easy Come, Easy Go’ (1993)
The honesty of a man who is humble enough to admit that in life/marriage everything isn’t always going to be perfect. He’s going to make mistakes but the love he has can overshadow them and make things better. “I’m not the hero who will always save the day. Don’t always wear the white hat, don’t always know the way. So when the world won’t turn the way you wish it would and the dreams you have don’t come alive as often as they should. Remember that there’s someone there whose heart is always true I’ll always be the man in love with you.”
8. You Look So Good Tonight #1 – ‘Right or Wrong’ (1983)
Sad as it may be, sometimes we realize to late what we have in the love of another. If we lose them and then meet up when they’re with someone else many times that’s when the reality hits and it bites hard. What one man sees in the eyes of his past lover tells it all. “Oh how you sparkle, and oh how you shine. That flush on your cheeks is more than the wine. And he must do something that I didn’t do. Whatever he’s doing, it looks good on you. Darling I’ve wasted a lot of years not seeing the real you, but tonight your beauty is shining through. And I never took the time to let you know, so before he takes you away please let me say, you look so good in love.”
9. Lovebug #8 – ‘Easy Come, Easy Go’ (1993)
What happens when a stud that has all the girls he wants around him suddenly gets bit by the invisible “lovebug”? Life takes a turn and may go something like this. “Well I was ruling the roost, had all the chicks to myself. And suddenly it happened, that funny little feeling I felt. Well I tried to outrun it, but it finally caught up with me. Tell me how can I run from something that I can’t see? Oh that little bitty teeny-weeny thing they call the lovebug. Nobody’s ever seen it, but it’s got the whole world shook up. It all started with a little bitty kiss and a hug. It’s a little bitty teeny weeny thing they call the lovebug.”
10. You Know Me Better Than That #1 – ‘Chill of an Early Fall’ (1991)
This is another really cute and fun song. Letting his old flame know about his new love and the way she sees him is not exactly the way he really is to say the least Ã¢Â?Â¦ “She thinks I’m perfect, I swear. She likes my body, my class and my charm. She says I’ve got a confident air. She respects my ambition, thinks I’m talented too. But she’s in love with an image time is bound to see through. Oh, but you know me better than that. You know the me that gets lazy and fat. How moody I can be, all my insecurities. You’ve seen me lose all my charm. You know I was raised on a farm. Oh, she tells her friends I’m perfect and that I love her cat, but you know me better than that.”
And those are my Top Ten Songs by George Strait!