The Chair (song)

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"The Chair"
Single by George Strait
from the album Something Special
B-side "In Too Deep"
Released August 26, 1985
Format 7" single
Recorded February 28, 1985
Genre Country
Length 2:51
Label MCA 52667
Writer(s) Hank Cochran, Dean Dillon
Producer(s) Jimmy Bowen & George Strait
George Strait singles chronology
"The Fireman"
"The Chair"
"You're Something Special to Me"

"The Chair" is a song written by Dean Dillon and Hank Cochran, and recorded by American country music artist George Strait. It was released in August 1985 as the lead-off single from his album Something Special. It peaked at number-one on the country music chart in both the United States and Canada in 1985.[1] The song was named by CMT as one of the top 100 country songs of all time, posting at number 24 on that list. Something that sets "The Chair" apart for most other songs of any style - it has no refrain or chorus. Only the basic melody repeats throughout the song.

Background and writing[edit]

"The Chair" came at the end of a night-long songwriting binge by country music songwriters, Hank Cochran and Dean Dillon. The two had been writing songs all night long and as Dillon puts it, "were about written out" - when he strummed his guitar and sang the line "Excuse me but I think you've got my chair." Twenty minutes later, "The Chair" was complete.


The lyrics represent a conversation between a man and a woman at a bar, but only the man's side of the conversation is revealed. At the beginning he says, "Well excuse me, but I think you've got my chair." Over the course of the conversation, the talk grows more intimate, until the woman agrees to let the man drive her home. At the end he says, "Oh I like you too, and to tell you the truth, that wasn't my chair after all."

Critical reception[edit]

Kevin John Coyne of Country Universe gave the song an A grade," saying that "there isn't a hat act out there who could measure up to Strait’s delivery of this song." He goes on to say that "the song remains fresh and interesting even after you know the twist at the end" and that is the "hallmark of a great storyteller."[2]

Music video[edit]

The music video was George Strait's second music video, and it was directed by Marc Ball.

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1985) Peak
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[3] 1
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 1
Preceded by
"Nobody Falls Like a Fool"
by Earl Thomas Conley
Billboard Hot Country Singles
number-one single

December 21, 1985
Succeeded by
"Have Mercy"
by The Judds
Preceded by
"I Don't Mind the Thorns (If You're the Rose)"
by Lee Greenwood
RPM Country Tracks
number-one single

December 21, 1985
Succeeded by
"Nobody Falls Like a Fool"
by Earl Thomas Conley


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

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