“All My Ex’s Live In Texas” is a song written by Sanger D. Shafer and Lyndia J. Shafer, and recorded by American country music singer George Strait. It was released in April 1987 as the second single from Strait’s album Ocean Front Property. “All My Ex’s Live In Texas” was nominated for Best Male Country Vocal Performance at the 1988 Grammy Awards.
The narrator explains that he had lived most of his life in Texas along the Frio River (Brazos River in Shafer’s original recording, Colorado River in his later performances), but that a string of failed relationships with women in that state that ended disastrously (such as going insane, sending the law after him and walking out before the honeymoon) prompted him to flee to Tennessee; he still relives his more pleasant times in Texas by way of Transcendental Meditation each night. The song is known for its Western Swing style rhythm.
From the album Ocean Front Property
B-side “I’m All Behind You Now”
Released April 10, 1987
Recorded September 23, 1986
Label MCA 53087
Songwriter(s) Sanger D. Shafer Lyndia J. Shafer
Producer(s) Jimmy Bowen, George Strait