Meanwhile (song)

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George Strait - Meanwhile.jpg
Single by George Strait
from the album Always Never the Same
Released January 4, 1999
Recorded November 1998
Genre Country
Length 3:36
Label MCA
Writer(s) Wayland Holyfield, Fred Knoblock
Producer(s) Tony Brown
George Strait singles chronology
"We Really Shouldn't Be Doing This"
"Write This Down"

"Meanwhile" is a song written by Wayland Holyfield and Fred Knoblock, and performed by American country music artist George Strait. It was released in January 1999 as the first single to his album Always Never the Same. It peaked at number 4 on the United States Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart, while it was a number-one hit on the Canadian RPM Country Tracks chart. It also peaked at number 38 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, marking his first Top 40 hit on that chart.


While enjoying a new relationship, the man can't help but flashing back to his former lover. The use of the word "meanwhile" to signal the shifts in his emotional focus makes the song almost feel like an episodic TV romance with an unresolved lovers' triangle.

Critical reception[edit]

Deborah Evans Price, of Billboard magazine reviewed the song favorably, calling it a "lilting ballad". She goes on to say that "Strait's voice sounds like he's lived every word — the pleasure, the nostalgia, the wistful longing". [1]

Chart positions[edit]

"Meanwhile" debuted at number 57 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks for the week of January 9, 1999.

Chart (1999) Peak
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[2] 1
US Billboard Hot 100[3] 38
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[4] 4

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1999) Position
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[5] 46
US Country Songs (Billboard)[6] 46
Preceded by
"How Forever Feels"
by Kenny Chesney
RPM Country Tracks
number-one single

April 12, 1999
Succeeded by
"I'll Think of a Reason Later"
by Lee Ann Womack


  1. ^ Billboard, January 16, 1999
  2. ^ "Top RPM Country Tracks: Issue 7462." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. April 12, 1999. Retrieved July 7, 2013.
  3. ^ "George Strait – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for George Strait.
  4. ^ "George Strait – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for George Strait.
  5. ^ "RPM Top 100 Country Tracks of 1999". RPM. December 13, 1999. Retrieved July 7, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Best of 1999: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 1999. Retrieved July 7, 2013.