About the song

Ah, yes, George Strait’s “Código”. Now that’s a song that brings a smile to my face. Released in 2018, it marked a welcome return for the King of Country after a three-year hiatus from releasing new music. But “Código” wasn’t just any comeback track; it was a delightful surprise that showcased Strait’s enduring charm and his penchant for crafting songs that resonate with fans.

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There’s a certain intrigue surrounding “Código” from the very beginning. The title itself, a Spanish word meaning “code” or “cipher,” piques our curiosity. Is it a hidden message? A secret recipe for a good time? We soon discover, with Strait’s signature smooth drawl, that it’s an ode to a specific brand of tequila – Código tequila, to be exact. This might raise an eyebrow for some. Country music and tequila, not exactly the most traditional pairing. But Strait, ever the innovator, pulls it off with aplomb.

Here’s the thing you need to know about Strait. He’s not just a country singer; he’s a Texas legend. And Texas has a long and storied relationship with Mexico, its neighbor to the south. Tequila, that fiery spirit born in Jalisco, Mexico, has undoubtedly found its way into many a Texan celebration. So, while “Código” might seem like a departure on the surface, it’s actually a subtle nod to his Texan roots and a celebration of good times shared with good friends.

Of course, Strait wouldn’t be Strait without a healthy dose of romance woven into the narrative. The song cleverly intertwines his love for Código tequila with his love for a special someone. Listen closely, and you’ll hear him sing, “the perfect recipe / Baby, you and me / The secret’s been found / Let’s pour one right now.” It’s a playful way of suggesting that the perfect combination for a good evening is the woman he loves and a smooth glass of Código.

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Now, some critics might scoff at the song’s seemingly straightforward theme – a man singing about his love for tequila. But that’s where Strait’s genius lies. He doesn’t delve into complex metaphors or philosophical musings. He keeps it simple, relatable, and undeniably catchy. The upbeat melody, complete with the gentle strum of an acoustic guitar and the lively flourish of an accordion, perfectly complements Strait’s laid-back vocals. It’s a song that makes you want to tap your foot, loosen your tie (or in this case, your Stetson), and reach for a glass – tequila or not, that’s entirely up to you.

“Código” might not be the deepest song in Strait’s catalogue, but it’s a testament to his ability to craft timeless country anthems. It’s a song about enjoying life’s simple pleasures – good company, good music, and perhaps a touch of something smooth to take the edge off. In a world that often takes itself too seriously, “Código” is a refreshing reminder to relax, have some fun, and maybe even raise a glass (or two) to celebrate life’s little victories.

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Lyrics

“Codigo”

Baby, just like you
It’s something new
I just had to try
I didn’t plan on it
But a sip and you’ll want it
It’s a beautiful high

The perfect recipe
Baby, you and me
The secret’s been found
Let’s pour one right now

I’m talkin’ ’bout Código
I take it with me everywhere I go
Best tequila, baby, don’t you know
A little sip and you’re ready to roll
They make it down in Mexico
A little state called Jalisco
Where the beautiful agaves grow
I’m talkin’ ’bout Código

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Any way you like it
Any way you wanna try it
I’ll try it too
I don’t care if it’s a habit
As long as you have it
And I have it with you

Hasta la Cruz
I’ll be singing to you
All the way home
We’ll make this our song

I’m talkin’ ’bout Código
I take it with me everywhere I go
Best tequila, baby, don’t you know
A little sip and you’re ready to roll
They make it down in Mexico
A little state called Jalisco
Where the beautiful agaves grow
I’m talkin’ ’bout Código

Straight up or on the rocks
Dressed up or not
Make it a surprise
Throw it back and close your eyes

I’m talkin’ ’bout Código
I take it with me everywhere I go
Best tequila, baby, don’t you know
A little sip and you’re ready to roll
They make it down in Mexico
A little state called Jalisco
Where the beautiful agaves grow
I’m talkin’ ’bout Código

I’m talkin’ ’bout Código
I take it with me everywhere I go
Best tequila, baby, don’t you know
A little rip and you’re ready to roll
They make ’em down in Mexico
A little state called Jalisco
Where the beautiful agaves grow
I’m talkin’ ’bout Código
Where the beautiful agaves grow
I’m talkin’ ’bout Código