Celebrate the Heart of Country, Americana, and Roots Music!

Drop Us A Line, Y'all

Y'all interested in advertising, partnering up, contributing stories, joining our team, or just got a question? Well, don't be shy, drop us a line!

Follow Us

When Heartbreak Hits Hard: Message Behind the Song “The Race Is On” by Sawyer Brown

Sawyer Browns The Race Is On
by

Coming in second place after exerting your best is painful. Truly, it is heartbreaking when you lose your one true love, whom you were supposed to be with for life, to someone else. This experience motivated George Jones to record a country music song entitled “The Race Is On” in 1963. In the following year, it was released in the music industry on the album, I Get Lonely in a Hurry. The single later on returned in 1989 with a new rendition by Sawyer Brown.

The Sawyer Brown Band excelled in the country music genre during the 90s because of their spiced covers of older songs. “The Race Is On” by George Jones was one of them. They gave a pop and livelier vibe to the song despite the message of a man’s heartbreak that it tried to convey.

The song is about a man who was narrating his failed relationship with a woman who left him to be with someone else. The song was compared to “horse racing” as the man felt like he was lost in the race when their love ended. It led him to believe that the reason he placed second was that she no longer cherished him. His fear came true when his special someone left him behind. The pain was evident in the song as several adjectives like “stab of loneliness”, “sorrow”, “heartache,” “tears”, “bawl”, “gone”, “heart’s sprung a big break” and “painful” were used in the song with convictions.

During the reign of Jones, the single “The Race Is On” reached No. 3 on the “Billboard country chart.” It also proved to be a song for fans of all genres when it climbed to No. 96 on the pop charts. Meanwhile, the 1989 version by Sawyer Brown also became a success, the same single peaked at No. 3 on Canadian RPM Country Tracks and No. 5 on US Hot Country Songs. This was one of Sawyer Brown’s Greatest Hits.

Take a brief attention to the song version of “The Race Is On” by Sawyer Brown by playing the video below.

Latest Stories

Charley Pride + Did You Think to Pray

Did You Think to Pray?: A Timeless Gospel Song by Charley Pride

In 1971, Charley Pride took a big step in his career when he released his first gospel song, “Did You Think to Pray,” as part of his album of the ...

Alabama + Tennessee River

“Tennessee River”: The Song That Launched Alabama’s Country Reign

In 1980, the American country music band Alabama released the chart-topping song titled “Tennessee River” as part of their album, My Home’s in Alabama. Upon the song’s release, it immediately ...

Waylon Jennings' Controversial Exit from We Are The World Recording Session

“No Good Ol’ Boy Sings in Swahili”: Waylon Jennings’ Exit from “We Are the World”

In January 1985, a supergroup of 46 of the biggest music artists of the time, including Stevie Wonder, Bob Dylan, and Billy Joel, as well as country stars Ray Charles, ...

Zach Bryan + Pink Skies

Zach Bryan’s “Pink Skies” Explores Loss and Love

Country music singer-songwriter Zach Bryan released “Pink Skies” as part of his album of the same title. It immediately became the talk of the town because of the (definitely not ...

Hank Williams - Hey Good Lookin'

Hank Williams’ Relatable Charm in “Hey, Good Lookin’” 

When Hank Williams arrived in 1949 in Nashville, he didn’t wait long to become one of the biggest stars in country music. A year later until 1951, he enjoyed the ...

Cavendish Beach Musical Festival 2024

Cavendish Beach Music Festival 2024: What You Need To Know

Festival Title:Cavendish Beach Music Festival 2024Festival Duration:July 5-7, 2024Venue:Route 6 Ranch in Cavendish, Prince Edward Island, CanadaPerformers Include:Brothers Osborne, Tyler Childers, Zac Brown Band, and moreTicket Information:Get Your Tickets Here ...

Willie Nelson's 4th of July Picnic 2024

Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic 2024: What You Need To Know

Festival Title:Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic 2024Festival Duration:July 4, 2024Venue:Freedom Mortgage Pavilion in Camden, New JerseyPerformers Include:Willie Nelson, Bob Dylan, Robert Plant & Alison Krauss, and moreTicket Information:Get Your ...

Travis Tritt + Help Me Hold On

Travis Tritt Begs His Lover For One More Chance In “Help Me Hold On”

Country singer Travis Tritt scored his first number-one hit with his second release from his 1990 debut album Country Club titled “Help Me Hold On.” He co-wrote it with accomplished ...

Carrie Underwood Falls Off Stage on Tail End of South Carolina Concert

Carrie Underwood Rocks Carolina Country Music Fest Despite Rain

Country singer Carrie Underwood graced the last day stage of the Carolina Country Music Fest 2024 in Myrtle Beach and delivered one hell of a performance despite the massive downpour. ...

Billy Ray Cyrus Files for Divorce from Firerose, Seeks Annulment on Grounds of Fraud

Billy Ray Cyrus Files for Divorce from Firerose, Cites Fraud

American country singer Billy Ray Cyrus reached a breaking point with Australian singer Firerose just after seven months of marriage. According to court documents obtained by the Associated Press, Billy ...