There’s no question of the sacrifices and risks that our brave women and men behind the badge make daily “to protect and serve.” While some law enforcement officers may say they are simply doing their job, most people realize that they deserve more than just a paycheck. That includes George Strait who has found a way to honor these courageous first responders with a song.
George has just released “The Weight of the Badge” from his most recent studio album, Honky Tonk Time Machine. The song, written by George, son Bubba and longtime hit songwriting pal Dean Dillon, tells the story of a 15-year veteran of the police department, but in addition to looking at the great dangers he faces, it also sees his job from the perspective of his wife and family.
“He swore that oath to protect and serve / Pours his heart and soul into both those words / Lays his life on the line / And the line he walks is razor fine.”
The song starts with just a humble acoustic guitar and George’s pure and strong voice. A fiddle and harmony vocals seamlessly join the arrangement that gradually builds to a level of country music majesty that seems appropriate for our truly deserving brave officers of the law. As the song draws to a close, the layers of instrumentation pull back, once again, shining the spotlight on this incredibly powerful lyric.
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It’s unknown what or who inspired “The Weight of the Badge.” It could have been the evening news or perhaps it was simply a message of support. Or maybe it was just a trio of cowboys considering modern day heroes.