The Weight of the Badge

Album: Honky Tonk Time Machine (2019)
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Songfacts®:

  • George Strait tips his hat to policemen and women on his melancholy tune. He wrote the song with his son, Bubba, and frequent collaborator Dean Dillon after an encounter with an officer during the ceremony honoring him with the Texan of the Year Award.

    He spends his life just like his dad's
    Driving away under the weight of the badge


    Strait explained that during the ceremony one of the security officers was talking to his grandson Harvey. He let the little boy play with his badge and pin it on his shirt.

    "And I just got to thinking about that because it really wasn't that heavy until you put it on it and then it means, it really gets heavy," Strait added. "So, that was one of those things I thought was a real important message especially these days and times."
  • The reflective song focuses in on one officer, painting a picture of him leaving his family behind as he goes into the line of duty each day.

    It's gonna be a long one
    Another graveyard shift


    Later the officer finds himself in the hospital after being injured on the job. His family is by his bedside praying that he pulls through.
  • When this song debuted at #56 on Billboard's Country Airplay chart, George Strait became the first artist to clock up 100 entries on the tally.

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