The Seashores of Old Mexico

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"The Seashores of Old Mexico"
George Strait - seashores.jpg
Single by George Strait
from the album Somewhere Down in Texas
Released February 13, 2006
Genre Country
Length 4:11
Label MCA Nashville
Writer(s) Merle Haggard
Producer(s) Tony Brown, George Strait
George Strait singles chronology
"She Let Herself Go"
"The Seashores of Old Mexico"
"Give It Away"

"The Seashores of Old Mexico" is a country music song written by Merle Haggard. It was recorded by Hank Snow in 1971, Freddy Weller in 1972, Haggard himself in 1974, and in 1987 Haggard and Willie Nelson recut the song as a duet. Snow's version was a Top Ten hit in Canada, peaking at #6 on the RPM Top Country Tracks charts.

George Strait recorded a version, released as the last single, from his 2005 album Somewhere Down in Texas. Strait's version peaked at #11 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart in 2006.


The song is about a young man wanted in Tucson, Arizona. He decides there is a better life for him in Mexico; so he packs up all of his stuff and moves to Mexico. In Mexico he loses all of his money the first night in Mexico playing poker. He then hitches a ride to the beach towns of Mexico where he finds love and lives out the rest of his life.

Music video[edit]

A music video for this song with George Strait was filmed in February 2006 in Tulum, Mexico and directed by Trey Fanjoy.

Chart positions[edit]

Hank Snow[edit]

Chart (1971) Peak
Canadian RPM Top Country Tracks 6

George Strait[edit]

Chart (2006) Peak
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[1] 11
US Billboard Hot 100[2] 85

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2006) Position
US Country Songs (Billboard)[3] 53


  1. ^ "George Strait – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for George Strait. Retrieved July 11, 2011.
  2. ^ "George Strait – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for George Strait. Retrieved July 11, 2011.
  3. ^ "Best of 2006: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2006. Retrieved July 11, 2012.