February 13

“Carrying Your Love with Me:” George Strait’s 1997 Love Hit

This month of love, we expect many people to be playing love hits for their loved ones. Many love songs have become popular especially in mainstream music. Country music, for one, also caters to such a thing. In fact, there have been many love hits that have originally stemmed out from this genre. Country stars like Conway Twitty, Keith Whitley, Collin Raye, and Travis Tritt are just some of the artists known for releasing all-time love hits.

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George Strait | Source: kalb.com

Even the “King of Country” George Strait has been known to be so romantic in his songs. Some of his famous love songs include “I Cross My Heart,” “Check Yes or No,” “You Look So Good in Love” to name a few. But, one of these hits captured the hearts of many, and it is his “Carrying Your Love with Me,” which was a hit in the late ‘90s.

A Tale of a Wandering Man Carrying the Love of His Life

Released in 1997, “Carrying Your Love with Me” was penned by songwriters Steve Bogard and Jeff Stevens. It was recorded and made popular by George Strait as the second single from his album of the same name.

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Carrying Your Love with Me album (George Strait): Source: allmusic.com

The song is a story of a man who has to leave home for periods of time. Despite being away from his family, he still carries the love of his wife with him wherever he is.

The message of the song is deeply embedded on the notable lyrics:

“Baby all I got is this beat up leather bag and everything I own don’t fill up half. I’m carrying your love with me, West Virginia down to Tennessee.”

“Carrying Your Love with Me” became an all-time George Strait favorite. In fact, it clinched the top spot on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart. Also, Country Universe voted the track No. 200 of the Top 400 greatest songs of the 1990s. Moreover, it was nominated for Best Male Country Vocal Performance at the 1998 Grammy Awards.

Let’s fall in love again with Strait’s “Carrying Your Love with Me:”


George Strait

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