Ocean Front Property (song)

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"Ocean Front Property"
Single by George Strait
from the album Ocean Front Property
B-side "My Heart Won't Wander Very Far From You"
Released December 22, 1986
Format 7" single
Recorded September 22, 1986
Genre Country
Length 3:08
Label MCA 53021
Writer(s) Dean Dillon, Hank Cochran, Royce Porter
Producer(s) Jimmy Bowen, George Strait
George Strait singles chronology
"It Ain't Cool to Be Crazy About You"
"Ocean Front Property"
"All My Ex's Live in Texas"

"Ocean Front Property" is a song written by Dean Dillon, Hank Cochran and Royce Porter, and recorded by American country music artist George Strait. It was released in December 1986 as the lead-off single and title track from his album of the same name. It was a number-one hit in both the United States and Canada.[1] On the 45 record single, "My Heart Won't Wander Very Far From You" is the B-side.


The narrator tells his soon-to-be-ex-lover that he will not miss her when she’s gone, ever take her back, or be haunted by her memory. He then reveals the sheer untruth of his claims and likens the impossibility of his moving on to that of obtaining ocean front property in a landlocked state.

Critical reception[edit]

Ben Foster of Country Universe gave the song an A grade, saying that it is "subtly clever, yet deceptively simple, with a strong undercurrent of heartache." He goes on to say that Strait’s vocal interpretation is "just straightforward enough to keep the song’s left-of-center metaphor from coming across as campy, keeping the undertone of sadness fully intact."[2]


Chart (1986–1987) Peak
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[3] 1
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 1


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 336. 
  2. ^ CountryUniverse.net Song review
  3. ^ "George Strait – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for George Strait.

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Preceded by
"Small Town Girl"
by Steve Wariner
Billboard Hot Country Singles
number-one single

April 4, 1987
Succeeded by
""You've Got" the Touch"
by Alabama
Preceded by
"I'll Still Be Loving You"
by Restless Heart
RPM Country Tracks
number-one single

April 11-18, 1987