Round About Way

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"Round About Way"
Single by George Strait
from the album Carrying Your Love With Me
B-side "She'll Leave You with a Smile"
Released January 5, 1998
Format CD single, 7" single
Recorded September 28, 1996[1]
Genre Country
Length 3:05
Label MCA Nashville
Songwriter(s) Steve Dean, Wil Nance
Producer(s) Tony Brown
George Strait singles chronology
"Today My World Slipped Away"
"Round About Way"
"I Just Want to Dance with You"
"Today My World Slipped Away"
"Round About Way"
"I Just Want to Dance with You"

"Round About Way" is a song written by Steve Dean and Wil Nance, and recorded by the American country music singer George Strait. It was released in January 1998 as the fourth and final single from his CD Carrying Your Love With Me. The song reached the top of the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart in the USA.

The song's B-side, "She'll Leave You with a Smile", is a different song from the single "She'll Leave You with a Smile", included on Strait's album The Road Less Traveled.[2]


It is an uptempo song, in which the narrator finally admits that he misses his ex-lover.

Critical reception[edit]

Larry Flick, of Billboard magazine, reviewed the song favorably, saying that "fiddle and steel guitar dominate this uptempo romp." He goes on to say that Strait's performance is "packed with personality."[3]

Chart positions[edit]

"Round About Way" re-entered the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks as an official single at number 45 for the week of January 10, 1998.

Chart (1998) Peak
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[4] 1
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[5] 1

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1998) Position
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[6] 38
US Country Songs (Billboard)[7] 44
Preceded by
"What If I Said"
by Anita Cochran and Steve Wariner
Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks
number-one single

March 7-March 14, 1998
Succeeded by
"Nothin' but the Taillights"
by Clint Black
RPM Country Tracks
number-one single

March 9, 1998
Succeeded by
"She's Gonna Make It"
by Garth Brooks


  1. ^ Latest Greatest Sraitest Hits (CD). George Strait. MCA Nashville. 2000. 
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. pp. 406–408. ISBN 0-89820-177-2. 
  3. ^ Billboard, May 3, 1997
  4. ^ "Top RPM Country Tracks: Issue 3479." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. March 9, 1998. Retrieved July 14, 2013.
  5. ^ "George Strait – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for George Strait.
  6. ^ "RPM Top 100 Country Tracks of 1998". RPM. December 14, 1998. Retrieved July 14, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Best of 1998: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 1998. Retrieved July 14, 2013. 

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