On This Day: George Strait Tops the Chart for 5th Straight Week With ‘Love Without End, Amen’ in 1990

by Katie Maloney

There’s a reason George Strait is known as the King of Country. He knows how to strike a chord in people’s hearts. Whether he’s singing about healing a broken heart, reflecting on a decades-long love story, or sharing the truth behind a father’s unconditional love for his child, George Strait knows how to make people feel. And his 1990 song “Love Without End, Amen” is no different.

George Strait released “Love Without End, Amen” as the lead single from his album Livin’ It Up. The song is about a parent’s unconditional love and how that love evolves over a lifetime. During the song, Strait sings, “Let me tell you a secret about a father’s love. A secret that my daddy said was just between us. He said daddies don’t just love their children every now and then. It’s a love without end, amen.”

After its release, “Love Without End, Amen” soared to the top of Billboard‘s Hot Country Songs chart. It held its top spot for five weeks. The song became George Strait’s first multi-week chart-topper. His first 18 number one hit songs spent only one week at the top of the charts.

George Strait’s “Love Without End, Amen”

What’s the Story Behind George Strait’s ‘Love Without End, Amen’?

“Love Without End, Amen” was penned by songwriter Aaron Baker. During an interview in 2014, Baker talked about his inspiration behind the song. He said that his own son had just crashed his car and damaged someone else’s brand new Porsche. At the end of the day, he wondered if he had been too hard on his son, or not hard enough. While reflecting on the day, he began writing “Love Without End, Amen.”

“My son was born when I was 17. I was a kid, too. And I saw him in the hospital, and I thought, ‘This’ll be great. We’ll grow up together’,” said Baker with a laugh.

Baker added that the strategy worked for a little while. But when his son turned 16, he started growing more independent.

“He got this car, and he went some places he shouldn’t, and on this particular day, it was bad,” said Baker.

However, the incident opened Baker’s eye to the truth about parenting.

“But that was the night it really came to the reality that I had to be the dad. I couldn’t just be his friend. And I got on him pretty hard, and he finally went to bed,” said Baker. “It was a school night, and I did what I call ‘getting on my knees and playing.‘”

It was during that playing session that Baker reflected on his love as a father.

“But the question I was asking is, ‘How can you be that mad at somebody and still love them that much? Where does that ability come from?’ It’s in us all,” said Baker. “So I got the guitar and I’m playing and praying and thinking, looking for this answer, and this song was the answer to it.”