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Retro Single Review: George Strait, “Ocean Front Property”

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

1986 | #1

Subtly clever, yet deceptively simple, with a strong undercurrent of heartache.  In other words… classic Strait.

In an excellent lyric co-written by Dean Dillon, Royce Porter, and Hank “I Fall to Pieces” Cochran, the narrator tells his soon-to-be-ex-lover that he won’t miss her when she’s gone, won’t ever take her back, and won’t be haunted by her memory.  He then reveals the sheer untruth of his claims by saying “Now if you’ll buy that… I got some ocean front property in Arizona…. If you’ll buy that I’ll throw the Golden Gate in for free.”  He thus likens the impossibility of his moving on to that of obtaining ocean front property in a landlocked state.

Strait’s vocal interpretation is just straightforward enough to keep the song’s left-of-center metaphor from coming across as campy, keeping the undertone of sadness fully intact  A simple steel-laden arrangement has helped the song age with dignity, making for yet another memorable classic Strait record that retains its appeal a full quarter century after its release.

Written by Dean Dillon, Hank Cochran, and Royce Porter

Grade:  A

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