At 68 years-old country legend, George Strait’s still got it. So, who wouldn’t want to cruise down the river of love with him?
The King of Country shared a throwback photo of himself on Instagram recently. In the photo, he’s wearing a classic cowboy hat and holding his guitar. Along with the photo, Strait writes, “Let’s go rollin’ on the river of love.” #RiverOfLove #SingleAnniversary”
George Strait Gets His 44th Number One Hit With ‘River Of Love’
George Strait released “River of Love” as the third single from his album Troubadour. During the song, Strait uses a river as a metaphor for a romantic journey. He sings to a woman and asks her to embark on the winding river of adventure that is love. During the song Strait sings, “Drift away from all these city lights. Might rock a little bit, so hold on tight. Let’s get carried away with the gentle flow. Might get caught up in its undertow. We’ll go rollin’ on the river of love.”
Strait wrote the song along with Shawn Camp, Billy Burnette, and Dennis Morgan. The three of them also sing harmony vocals during the song. During an interview, Morgan shared what the writing process was like with George Strait.
“Harland Howard used to say, ‘Write them with three chords and the truth,’ but we beat him on this one – we only used two chords, and it might not be the truth!”
Morgan said that the key to writing “River of Love” came from simply having fun writing.
“Shawn started singing some of the lyrics, and it just came out,” said Morgan. “I think he had that opening line: ‘Hey, baby, won’t you take a little ride’… I don’t think we were thinking about so much as how to craft it, we were just having a ball writing it.”
The song spent 23 weeks on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart and peaking in the number one spot. This made “River of Love” George Strait’s 44th number one hit song.