George Strait – All My Ex’s Live in Texas

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Cover LP George Strait MCA 1987
Cover LP George Strait MCA 1987

“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
Genre Country
Length 3:22
Label MCA 53087
Songwriter(s) Sanger D. Shafer Lyndia J. Shafer
Producer(s) Jimmy Bowen, George Strait





George Strait – All My Ex’s Live in Texas Lyrics

All my ex’s live in Texas
And Texas is the place I’d dearly love to be
But all my ex’s live in Texas
And that’s why I hang my hat in Tennessee

Rosanna’s down in Texarkana
Wanted me to push her broom
Sweet Eileen’s in Abilene
She forgot I hung the moon
And Allison’s in Galveston
Somehow lost her sanity
And Dimples who now lives in Temple’s
Got the law looking for me

All my ex’s live in Texas
And Texas is the place I’d dearly love to be
But all my ex’s live in Texas
And that’s why I hang my hat in Tennessee

I remember that old Frio River
Where I learned to swim
But it brings to mind another time
Where I wore my welcome thin
By transcendental meditation
I go there each night
But I always come back to myself
Long before daylight

All my ex’s live in Texas
And Texas is the place I’d dearly love to be
But all my ex’s live in Texas
And therefore I reside in Tennessee

Some folks think I’m hiding
It’s been rumored that I died
But I’m alive and well in Tennessee

Single George Strait MCA 1987
Single George Strait MCA 1987
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