We Really Shouldn't Be Doing This

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"We Really Shouldn't Be Doing This"
Single by George Strait
from the album One Step at a Time
Released September 8, 1998
Recorded September 11, 1997[1]
Genre Country
Length 2:29
Label MCA Nashville
Writer(s) Jim Lauderdale
Producer(s) Tony Brown
George Strait singles chronology
"We Really Shouldn't Be Doing This"

"We Really Shouldn't Be Doing This" is a song written by Jim Lauderdale, and recorded by American country music artist George Strait. It was released in September 1998 as the third and final single from his album One Step at a Time. It peaked at number 4 in the United States, and number 2 in Canada.

Background and writing[edit]

Jim Lauderdale told Taste of Country that the song came to him when he was living in Nashville. He was living in Buddy and Julie Miller’s apartment above their house. They were working on an album, so in order to get some sleep, he went over to the Union Station hotel and found a good writing room."[2]

Critical reception[edit]

Larry Flick, of Billboard magazine reviewed the song favorably, saying that the melody is "infectious and the production is positively inventive." He goes on to call it "fun, frisky, and totally entertaining." [3]

Chart positions[edit]

"We Really Shouldn't Be Doing This" debuted at number 72 on the Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart dated May 2, 1998, from unsolicited airplay.

Chart (1998) Peak
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[4] 2
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[5] 4


  1. ^ Latest Greatest Sraitest Hits (CD). George Strait. MCA Nashville. 2000. 
  2. ^ Conaway, Alanna (July 10, 2011). ""We Really Shouldn't Be Doing This" — Lyrics Uncovered". Taste of Country. Retrieved July 30, 2011. 
  3. ^ Billboard, September 26, 1998
  4. ^ "RPM Country Tracks." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. December 14, 1998. Retrieved July 14, 2013.
  5. ^ "George Strait Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot Country Songs for George Strait.