George Strait has a challenge for his fans. On Twitter, the veteran country singer had fun with his fans by offering them the chance to decode his tweet. In the (not very) cryptic tweet, Strait included two emojis: a telephone and a fireman. In the replies, Strait’s fans had few problems deciphering the message.
George Strait’s fans realized he was referring to his 1985 hit song, “The Fireman.” Mack Vickery and Wayne Kemp wrote the song, and Strait released it as the third and final single from his album Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind.
“Hey, they call me the fireman, that’s my name
Makin’ my rounds all over town
Puttin’ out old flames
Hey, well, everybody’d like to have what I’ve got
I can cool ’em down when they’re smolderin’ hot
I’m the fireman, that’s my name”
The Story Behind George Strait’s ‘The Fireman’
At the time of its release, the song reached No. 5 on the country music chart in the United States. In Canada, it hit peaked at the No. 10 spot. In the song, a narrator acts like a man with a charm that can calm down an angry woman. The narrator goes after women who have just been in fights with their significant other or have recently experienced a breakup.
The narrator then heads over to his friend’s place to “cool off” the friend’s woman with “a little mouth to mouth.” According to Kevin John Coyne of Country Universe, he gave the song a B- grade, calling it “more cocky than clever.” He also added that “the strained metaphor that gives structure to the song errs too far on the side of ridiculous.”
While the song may not be one of George Strait’s best, the album, Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind became a considerable success. As Strait’s fourth studio album, the RIAA certified it platinum when it sold one million copies in the U.S.
The album also produced the title track, “The Cowboy Rides Away,” which is one of his most well-known songs to date. It peaked at number 5 on the United States Billboard “Hot Country Singles” chart and at No. 3 on the RPM Country Tracks chart in Canada. It’s also the song Strait uses when he closes out his performances.
It was also the last song George Strait sang at his last concert on June 7, 2014, at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, where 104,000 Strait fans sang along.