Love Without End, Amen

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"Love Without End, Amen"
Single by George Strait
from the album Livin' It Up
B-side "Too Much of Too Little"[1]
Released April 6, 1990
Format 7" single, CD Single
Genre Country
Length 3:07
Label MCA 79015
Writer(s) Aaron Barker
Producer(s) Jimmy Bowen
George Strait
George Strait singles chronology
"Overnight Success"
(1989)
"Love Without End, Amen"
(1990)
"Drinking Champagne"
(1990)

"Love Without End, Amen" is a song written by Aaron Barker, and recorded by American country music singer George Strait. It was released in April 1990 as the lead-off single from his album Livin' It Up. The song spent five weeks at Number One on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks (now Hot Country Songs) chart, giving Strait his first multi-week No. 1, as his last 18 Number Ones had only spent one week at the top.[2]

Content[edit]

The song is a mid-tempo tune whose singer recalls being sent home one day from school for fighting when he was a child, and he tells his father what had happened, expecting punishment from his father. Instead his father tells him that fathers always love their sons, and that such love is a "love without end, Amen".

In the second verse, the singer has now become a father, and he had no doubt that his son was "just like [his] father's son", and he passes his father's secret on to his son.

In the third and final verse, the singer dreams that he has died and is standing outside the gates of Heaven. When he has doubts if he will enter or not due to bad choices he has made in his life, a Voice from the "Other Side" reiterates the words His Father once said to Him, illustrating the ultimate "Love Without End".

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1990) Peak
position
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[3] 1
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[4] 1

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1990) Position
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[5] 6
US Country Songs (Billboard)[6] 4
Preceded by
"I've Cried My Last Tear for You"
by Ricky Van Shelton
Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks
number-one single

June 9-July 7, 1990
Succeeded by
"The Dance"
by Garth Brooks
RPM Country Tracks
number-one single (first run)

June 23-June 30, 1990
Succeeded by
"Walk On"
by Reba McEntire
Preceded by
"Walk On"
by Reba McEntire
RPM Country Tracks
number-one single (second run)

July 14, 1990
Succeeded by
"The Dance"
by Garth Brooks

References[edit]

  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. pp. 406–408. ISBN 0-89820-177-2. 
  2. ^ Billboard, July 7, 1990
  3. ^ "RPM Country Tracks." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. June 23, 1990. Retrieved August 23, 2013.
  4. ^ "George Strait Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot Country Songs for George Strait.
  5. ^ "RPM Top 100 Country Tracks of 1990". RPM. December 22, 1990. Retrieved August 23, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Best of 1990: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 1990. Retrieved August 23, 2013. 

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