September 19

George Strait Pays Homage to Police Officers in “The Weight of the Badge”

George Strait has written and recorded some patriotic songs but this one specifically honors our police officers. The song called “The Weight of the Badge” was under his newest album Honky Tonk Time Machine. It was the 30th studio album from The King, and it was released on February 11.

the weight of the badge, george strait
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Behind the Song “The Weight of the Badge”

This song was written by George Strait, his son Bubba, and his long-time collaborator Dean Dillon. It revolves around the idea of respecting and giving honor to our police officers who are sacrificing their lives for us. The song was written when Dean Dillon encountered an officer when he was being honored for Texan of the Year Award.

George Strait also explained the idea behind the title:

“And I just got to thinking about that because it really wasn’t that heavy until you put it on and then it means, it really gets heavy. So, that was one of those things I thought was a real important message especially these days and times.”

the weight of the badge, george strait
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Lyrics Breakdown

He swore that oath to protect and serve
Pours his heart and soul into both those words

The song gives so much respect for the police officers who lay their life in order to protect us. We now live in a society where we are unsure if we are safe out in the streets or even in the comforts of our home. We can only have the assurance of safety when we know that these police officers are doing their job day-in and night-out.

Recently, some of our police officers were involved in controversies regarding injustice and racial discrimination. This really painted the entire police force in a bad light but this should not be the case. Judging a whole group because of a few errors from their members will not contribute to a good society. This song from Strait is a good reminder of the value of our policemen and that we are grateful for their service.

Listen to this new George Strait track here:


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