About the song

Ah, yes, George Strait’s “Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind”. This 1984 classic isn’t just a catchy tune; it’s a cornerstone of traditional country music, a song that perfectly captures a specific time, place, and emotion. To understand its impact, we need to delve into Strait’s career and the musical landscape of the mid-1980s.

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Strait, the undisputed King of Country, emerged in the early 80s with a sound that was both fresh and familiar. He embraced the smooth production values of the era while staying true to the heart of classic country – clear vocals, a strong backbeat, and lyrics that resonated with everyday experiences. “Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind” exemplifies this perfectly.

The song, written by Sanger D. Shafer and Darlene Shafer, tells the story of a long-distance relationship. The narrator, a man on the road, ponders a past love and wonders if she ever thinks of him. The lyrics are simple yet evocative, painting a picture of a bygone era – cruising down dusty Texas highways, the ache of missing someone special, and the yearning for a simpler time.

“Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind” wasn’t just about the lyrics, though. The melody is pure country gold. It’s a mid-tempo shuffle with a prominent steel guitar line that tugs at the heartstrings. Strait’s signature vocals, smooth and understated, deliver the emotions with a quiet intensity that resonates deeply.

The song’s title, of course, holds immense significance. Fort Worth, a bustling city in Texas, becomes a symbol of the past, a place filled with shared memories. For the narrator, it represents a time of innocence, love, and a life he might have had. By mentioning a specific location, the song taps into a sense of nostalgia that anyone with a hometown they hold dear can relate to.

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“Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind” was a smash hit, reaching number one on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart. It became one of Strait’s signature songs, a staple of his live shows and a radio favorite for decades. But its impact goes beyond chart success. The song captured a specific strain of American sentiment – the bittersweet longing for a simpler past, the power of place in memory, and the enduring strength of love, even from afar.

Even today, “Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind” remains a beloved classic. It’s a song that transcends generations, reminding us of the universal themes that country music holds dear. It’s a testament to Strait’s artistry, his ability to craft songs that are both personal and relatable, and the enduring power of a well-told story set to a timeless melody.

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Lyrics

“Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind”

Cold Fort Worth beer just ain’t no good for jealous.
I try it night after night.
You’re in someone else’s arms in Dallas.
Does Fort Worth ever cross your mind?

Darlin’ while you’re busy burning bridges,
Burn one for me if you get time.
‘Cause good memories don’t fade so easy.
Does Fort Worth ever cross you mind?

[Chorus:]
You left me here to be with him in Dallas,
And I know it hurt you at the time.
But I wonder now if it makes a difference.
Does Fort Worth ever cross your mind?

[Chorus]

Does Fort Worth ever, does Fort Worth ever,
Does Fort Worth ever cross your mind?

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