Run (George Strait song)

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"Run"
Single by George Strait
from the album The Road Less Traveled
B-side "The Real Thing"[1]
Released September 24, 2001
Format CD single
Recorded 2001
Genre Country
Length

Album Version 4:05

Single Version 3:46
Label MCA Nashville
Writer(s) Tony Lane
Anthony Smith
Producer(s) Tony Brown
George Strait singles chronology
"If You Can Do Anything Else"
(2001)
"Run"
(2001)
"Living and Living Well"
(2002)

"Run" is a song written by Anthony Smith and Tony Lane, and recorded by American country music artist George Strait. It was released in September 2001 as the lead single from Strait's album The Road Less Traveled. The song reached number 2 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts in December 2001, where it was blocked by Toby Keith's song, "I Wanna Talk About Me". It then reached number 2 again in early January 2002, where it was blocked by Alan Jackson's "Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)". It also peaked at number 34 on the Billboard Hot 100, making it a minor crossover hit.

Content[edit]

The narrator tells his lover to leave Dallas, Texas and "run" to him. During the song the narrator lists many different forms of transport that his lover can take to reach him.

Critical reception[edit]

Chuck Taylor in his review of the single for Billboard Magazine called the songs production "intriguing" and that Strait's "warm vocals weave through a haunting melody." He said that there is a progressive feel to the track but the mandolin and steel guitar keep it traditional. [2]

Chart positions[edit]

"Run" debuted at number 36 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks for the chart week of October 13, 2001.

The song's b-side, "The Real Thing", was later the b-side to the album's next single, "Living and Living Well". Although not released as a single itself, "The Real Thing" charted at number 60 for the country chart dated March 22, 2003.[1]

Chart (2001-2002) Peak
position
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[3] 2
US Billboard Hot 100[4] 34

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2002) Position
US Country Songs (Billboard)[5] 30

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. pp. 406–408. ISBN 0-89820-177-2. 
  2. ^ "Single Reviews". Billboard (magazine). 13 October 2001. 
  3. ^ "George Strait Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot Country Songs for George Strait.
  4. ^ "George Strait Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot 100 for George Strait.
  5. ^ "Best of 2002: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2002. Retrieved August 13, 2012. 

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