George Strait Salutes Police Officers in New Ballad, ‘The Weight of the Badge’ [LISTEN]
In the new music that George Strait has released off his forthcoming album, Honky Tonk Time Machine, the superstar has focused on celebrating the golden days of country music and the good times a song can bring. In his latest ballad, "The Weight of the Badge," Strait turns to more sobering subject matter. Press play above to listen to the new track.
The song imagines a police officer who tirelessly puts his life on the line to protect his community, kissing his family goodbye on the way to yet another graveyard shift. Even when he gets injured in the line of duty, Strait sings, the officer continues to return to work, saying that some fights are simply worth fighting.
"He swore that oath to protect and serve / Puts his heart and soul into both those words / Lays his life on the line / The line he walks is razor fine," Strait sings. "Tempered strength is always tough / But he ain't gonna buckle / Under the weight of the badge."
Strait co-wrote the track with his son, Bubba Strait, as well as Dean Dillon. "The Weight of the Badge" is the latest of several songs to be released off of Honky Tonk Time Machine, joining tunes such as the project's first single, "Every Little Honky Tonk Bar," as well as its title track. Honky Tonk Time Machine is due for release on March 29, and will be the singer's first new album since the 2015 project Cold Beer Conversation.
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