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Country Music Songs About Texas That Swell With State Pride

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The urge to clap four times is quite automatic when one hears the words, “…the stars at night are big and bright…” Thanks to the lyrics and delivery of “Deep in the Heart of Texas” by Gene Autry, the movie “Heart of the Rio Grande” and many a memory since its release in 1942 have been made all the better thanks to this tune. Although it was originally recorded by Perry Como, this vintage Texas classic is most often remembered as Autry’s version, and its western sound has been a part of the Lone Star State’s history and culture ever since.

‘Luckenbach, Texas (Back to the Basics of Love)’ – Waylon Jennings Ft. Willie Nelson

Country Music Songs About Texas That Swell With State Pride

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This collaboration is a country music class and a tribute to the simple life. Telling the “high-toned” way of life in a story that reflects the limits that wealth can actually place on those that have it, Jennings noted the feeling of suffocation one can have together with the urge to just get away from it all. Lyrics such as, “So baby, let’s sell your diamond ring, buy some boots and faded jeans and go away…” appealed to lovers of the genre as well as the concept, and Nelson chimed in on the final verse to lend it that true country-style lamentation the two were often remembered together for. The song was released in 1977 and made it to number one on the Billboard U.S. Hot Country Singles chart as well as a top-25 hit on the Billboard Hot 100.

‘Waltz Across Texas’ – Ernest Tubb

Country Music Songs About Texas That Swell With State Pride

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A prevalent song topic for many a decade, the Lone Star State featured proudly in Ernest Tubb’s “Waltz Across Texas,” with its classic representation of country music, love, and dancing in three-quarter time. One of the “Texas Troubadour’s” most well-loved songs, it was written by his nephew, Quanah Talmadge Tubb (Billy Talmadge), and released in 1965. A love story set to a wonder tune and using Texas as its backdrop, the Country Music Hall of Fame inductee delivered it in true Texas fashion.

‘Texas (When I Die)’ – Tanya Tucker

Country Music Songs About Texas That Swell With State Pride
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