George Strait recently released the song “The Weight of the Badge,” which is a tribute to policemen, and says he got the idea when he was accepting his Texan of the Year Award last year.
“I had an officer who was talking to (his grandson)Harvey and letting him play with his badge and hold it and pinning it on his shirt,” George shares. “And I just got to thinking about that because it really wasn’t that heavy until you put it on it and then it means, it really gets heavy.”
George adds, “So, that was one of those things I thought was a real important message especially these days and times.”
“I actually heard from the officer that I was talking to because when Harvey was playing with his badge, and I picked it up, I said ‘Weight of the Badge.’ I said, ‘I’m gonna write that,’” George shares. I told him and he remembered it, so that was pretty cool.”
“The Weight of the Badge” is on George’s new album “Honky Tonk Time Machine,” which is out now.