About the song

George Strait’s “The Seashores of Old Mexico”. Now that’s a song that takes you on a journey, a sonic escape to a place where the sun-drenched sands meet the turquoise waters. Released in 2006 on Strait’s album Somewhere Down in Texas, it wasn’t originally his tune.

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The story behind this song winds back to the legendary Merle Haggard, a true giant of country music. Haggard penned “The Seashores of Old Mexico” in the early 1970s, and it became a staple in his repertoire. Several other notable artists, like Hank Snow and even Haggard himself alongside Willie Nelson, released their versions, each adding their own flavor to the tale.

But when George Strait took hold of the song, it found a new kind of magic. Strait, the undisputed King of Country Cool, brought his signature smooth vocals and a laid-back Texas groove that perfectly captured the carefree spirit of the lyrics.

The song itself is a delightful blend of wanderlust and romance. The narrator, a man with a touch of the restless soul, finds himself drawn south of the border, to the “seashores of Old Mexico”. There, beneath the warm Mexican sun, he encounters a captivating señorita who steals his heart.

“The Seashores of Old Mexico” isn’t a grand ballad or a heart-wrenching tearjerker. It’s a simple, yet evocative song, a postcard painted in sound. The lyrics are full of vivid imagery – the salty breeze, the strumming of a guitar, the taste of sweet mangoes. Strait’s voice, as always, is a calming presence, guiding us through this idyllic escape.

There’s a touch of mystery to the narrative as well. We don’t know exactly what the future holds for this newfound romance, or whether the narrator will stay on the “seashores” forever. But that’s part of the song’s charm. It captures the fleeting beauty of a moment, a chance encounter that leaves a lasting impression.

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So, if you’re looking for a song to whisk you away to a sun-soaked paradise, filled with a touch of romance and a whole lot of Texas charm, then look no further than George Strait’s “The Seashores of Old Mexico”. Put on your dancing shoes, crank up the volume, and let yourself get lost in the melody.

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