In 2004, George Strait released “I Hate Everything” as the lead single off his compilation album, 50 Number Ones. The song easily ranked atop Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart and was a crossover success, peaking at No. 35 on Billboard Hot 100.
Written by Garry Harrison and Keith Stegall, “I Hate Everything” tells the story of a man who met a guy in a bar who greatly dislikes everything in his life because of his then-wife. Their separation makes him hate everything – from his job to the bar he’s at and to the drink he’s drinking. He hates even the smallest things, including the four seasons in a year. He feels so miserable that his one-bedroom apartment now feels more like a jail to him.
If it weren’t for his two kids, he’d hate his then-wife as well. But that’s not stopping him from throwing away her faded photograph that’s long been in his wallet – after all, she’s the reason he is feeling this way.
While he knows he should move on and try to start again, he’s having a hard time getting over the fact that she has left him for another man.
Someone’s Despair Can Sometimes Help Add A Sense Of Purpose To Your Own Life.
It turns out the song’s narrator also paid the bar a visit after a fight with his own wife.
However, after hearing the guy’s story, he realized he didn’t want to be like him. So, he gave his wife a call and told her he was coming home to straighten things out. He paid for the guy’s drink and thanked him for everything.