George Strait Goes Full ‘Troubadour’ in Latest Throwback Photo

by Katie Maloney
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - APRIL 07: George Strait performs onstage during the 54th Academy Of Country Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 07, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Rich Fury/ACMA2019/Getty Images for ACM)

George Strait posts a photo of himself with the hashtag “Troubadour.”

In June 2008, Strait released the song “Troubadour,” a bittersweet anthem for anyone reflecting on the years of their life.

During the song Strait sings, “I still feel 25, most of the time. I still raise a little Cain with the boys. Honky Tonks, and pretty women, I’m still right there with them.”

Strait had to have felt like he was 25 again when “Troubadour” soared to the top of the charts, almost 30 years after his career started in the 80s. The song spent 78 weeks on the chart and peaked at the number one spot. In 2009, Strait’s album of the same name was certified platinum for sales of one million copies. 

Recently, Strait posted a throwback photo to his Instagram page along with lyrics from his song, “It don’t show what’s deep inside or read between the lines and it’s really no reflection of my youth. #Troubadour 🤠🎶”

George Strait Knows Who He Is

Troubadour, which was Strait’s 18th chart-topping record, won Best Country Album at the Grammy Awards. Additionally, the album won Album of the Year at the CMA Awards. During an interview, Strait talks about the meaning behind songs on the album.

“Sometimes we take a lot of things for granted,” said Strait. “…And you just realize that all of these things that God has given us, sometimes you just take for granted. But if you step back and take a look around, you’ll see what beauty we have around us in the things that He has created for us.”

Taking a step back and assessing all that is, and was, is definitely a theme throughout the “Troubadour song.” During the song, Strait sings, “…A damn old mirror don’t really tell the whole truth. It don’t show what’s deep inside or read between the lines. And it’s really no reflection of my youth.”

However, the most famous line of the song is about knowing who you are despite your age. “I was a young troubadour when I wrote in on a song. And I’ll be an old troubadour when I’m gone,” Strait sings.

You’ll always be a young troubadour to us, George.

George Strait’s “Troubadour.”