I Saw God Today

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"I Saw God Today"
Single by George Strait
from the album Troubadour
Released February 4, 2008 (2008-02-04)[1]
Format CD single
Genre Country
Length 3:22
Label MCA Nashville
Writer(s) Rodney Clawson
Monty Criswell
Wade Kirby
Producer(s) Tony Brown
Certification Gold (RIAA)[2]
George Strait singles chronology
"Shiftwork"
(2007)
"I Saw God Today"
(2008)
"Troubadour"
(2008)

"I Saw God Today" is a song written by Rodney Clawson, Monty Criswell and Wade Kirby, and recorded by American country music artist George Strait. It was released in February 2008 as the lead single from his album Troubadour. The song debuted at number 19 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, giving Strait the highest chart debut of his career, as well as his 43rd Billboard Number One.

The song is part of the tracklist for Now That's What I Call Country. "I Saw God Today" won Single of the Year at the 2008 CMA Awards.

Content[edit]

The song is a mid-tempo ballad in which the lead character is walking down the sidewalk after his wife has just had a baby, meanwhile noticing such things as a flower growing out of a crack in the sidewalk, a couple who are expecting a baby and the colors of a sunset. Finally, the song ends with the central character in the nursery of a hospital, looking at his own newborn baby girl. He cites each thing that he sees along the way — the flower, the couple, the sunset and his newborn daughter — as examples of how he saw God that day.

According to Clawson, the idea for the song came from Criswell, who said that after unsuccessful hunting trips, he would often say that he "caught a glimpse of God today" despite not seeing any animals. [3]

Reception[edit]

Matt C., a critic for The 9513, gave "I Saw God Today" a thumbs-up rating. He said that although it was "similar to the [songs] that countless failed nineties hat acts used to 'launch' their short careers", that Strait's vocal performance nonetheless "makes the song listenable and the country pop lyric's contrast to the country-western material that comprises much of Strait's catalog actually makes this single more memorable than some stronger songs in his hits catalog."[4]

Chart performance[edit]

Having reached number one on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts dated for the week of May 3, 2008, "I Saw God Today" is Strait's 43rd Billboard Number One hit. Counting the Number Ones that he has had on other U.S. trade charts (Mediabase, Radio & Records before its merger with Billboard, and Gavin Report), "I Saw God Today" is Strait's 56th overall Number One hit, succeeding a record previously held by Conway Twitty for the most Number Ones by any country music artist.[5]

Chart (2008) Peak
position
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[6] 1
US Billboard Hot 100[7] 33
US Billboard Pop 100 65
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[8] 60

Year-end charts[edit]

End of year chart (2008) Position
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs[9] 2
Preceded by
"You're Gonna Miss This"
by Trace Adkins
Billboard Hot Country Songs
number-one single

May 3-May 10, 2008
Succeeded by
"Just Got Started Lovin' You"
by James Otto

Awards[edit]

The song was nominated for a Dove Award for Country Recorded Song of the Year at the 40th GMA Dove Awards.[10]

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