On this day in 1987, George Strait was sitting at No. 1 on the country radio charts with his iconic hit, “All My Ex’s Live In Texas.”
Penned by Sanger D. Shafer and Lyndia J. Shafer, the track was released as the second single from Strait’s 1987 record, Ocean Front Property and was nominated for Best Male Country Vocal Performance at the 1988 Grammy Awards.
Throughout the clever lyrics, the narrator of the song is explaining his failed relationships in Texas. Due to the fact that all of his exes live in the Lone Star State, he moves to Tennessee to get away from his old flames.
With a catchy melody and unique lyrics, it’s no wonder that this track has become a fan favorite among Strait’s iconic catalog.
Some lyrics include:
“Rosanna’s down in Texarkana, wanted me to push her broom
Sweet Eileen’s in Abilene, she forgot I hung the moon
And Allison’s in Galveston, somehow lost her sanity
And Dimples who now lives in Temple’s, got the law looking for me
All my exes live in Texas and Texas is a place I’d dearly love to be
But all my exes live in Texas and that’s why I hang my hat in Tennessee“
Over thirty years later, “All My Ex’s Live In Texas” is certified Platinum and still considered to be one of Strait’s best songs. In addition, several artists over the years have referred to this title in their own songs.
To this day, George Strait, the King of Country Music, continues to perform the song live for his adoring fans.