Unwound (song)

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Single by George Strait
from the album Strait Country
B-side"She's Playing Hell Trying to Get Me to Heaven"
ReleasedApril 23, 1981
Format7" single
RecordedFebruary 2, 1981
LabelMCA (51104)
Songwriter(s)Dean Dillon
Frank Dycus
Producer(s)Blake Mevis
George Strait singles chronology
"I Don't Want To Talk It Over Anymore"
"Down and Out"
"I Don't Want To Talk It Over Anymore"
"Down and Out"

"Unwound" is a song written by Dean Dillon and Frank Dycus, and recorded by American country music artist George Strait. It was released in April 1981 as his major label debut single and it served as the lead-off single from his debut album Strait Country. It peaked at #6 on the United States Billboard Hot Country Singles chart.[1]


Dean Dillon and Frank Dycus originally wrote the song for Johnny Paycheck. But, Paycheck was in jail at the time. Record producer Blake Mevis drove over to Dillon's house in 1980, where Dillon and Dycus were writing songs on the front porch, and asked them if they had any new songs for a 'new kid from Texas.' Since Paycheck would not be using it, they gave the song to Mevis for George Strait. Dillon has gone on to write or co-write over 40 songs that have been recorded by Strait.[2]


The song is about a man having issues with his woman. He is out drinking because that woman he “had wrapped around [his] finger just come unwound".

Critical reception[edit]

Kevin John Coyne of Country Universe gave the song an A grade, saying that it "would be a great record just for the fiddle alone, but a very youthful Strait is still able to deliver the goods, and the band is so country that you can almost smell the sawdust when they let loose."[3]

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1981) Peak
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[4] 6


  1. ^ George Strait: Billboard Singles. - Allmusic.
  2. ^ Reid, Dixie (September 19, 2002). "Strait talk:Songwriters like working with George". The Sacramento Bee.
  3. ^ "Retro Single Review: George Strait, "Unwound" – Country Universe". Countryuniverse.net. Retrieved 2016-10-25.
  4. ^ "George Strait Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard.