The Breath You Take
|"The Breath You Take"|
|Single by George Strait|
|from the album Twang|
|Released||July 12, 2010|
Jessie Jo Dillon
|George Strait singles chronology|
"The Breath You Take" is a Grammy nominated song recorded by American country music artist George Strait, and the fourth single from his album Twang. It was released on July 12, 2010 as the 91st single of his career. It was written by veteran songwriter Dean Dillon, Jessie Jo Dillon, and Casey Beathard. It became his 83rd Top 10 hit on the Country charts. On November 10, 2010, Strait performed the song live on the CMA Awards. It received a 2011 Grammy Awards nomination in the "Best Country Song" category on December 1, 2010.
The song is about savoring and realizing the important moments in life, whether they be large or small. The story is told through fatherly love, starting by giving examples from the baseball field of a boy's youth and moving to the more emotionally jarring times, birth and death.
The song has been widely popular amongst listeners, but has received mixed reviews. The Washington Times called it overly "maudlin." A review in the Houston Chronicle said, "try and keep your eyes dry" while listening to the song.
The song debuted at number 58 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for the week of July 3, 2010, two weeks before its official release date of July 12, 2010. It peaked at number 6 on the country chart dated January 15, 2011.
|US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)||6|
|US Billboard Hot 100||63|
|Canada (Canadian Hot 100)||90|
|US Country Songs (Billboard)||50|
|US Country Songs (Billboard)||68|
- "George Strait – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for George Strait.
- "George Strait – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for George Strait.
- "George Strait – Chart history" Canadian Hot 100 for George Strait.
- "Best of 2010: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2010. Retrieved December 13, 2010.
- "Best of 2011: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2011. Retrieved December 10, 2011.