Primary Menu

Country Music News

In honor of First Responders Day, October 28, George Strait released a powerful new music video for “The Weight of the Badge” as a tribute to first responders. The video focuses on stories and moments with some of our nation’s first responders and their families, giving some insight into what it means to live every day bearing the weight of the badge.

George says in the video, “The men and women in this music video are our friends and neighbors who carry the weight of the badge each day. Thank you. We appreciate you and the sacrifices you and your families make.”

The video made a special premiere at the First Responders Children’s Foundation 20th anniversary gala in New York City with many of the first responders featured in the video in attendance.

“The Weight of the Badge”
Written by George Strait, Bubba Strait, and Dean Dillon

It’s gonna be a long one, another graveyard shift
As he says goodbye to his wife and kids
It’s been his life, just like his dad’s
Driving away under the weight of the badge

He’s seen it all in his fifteen years
Watching our backs, facing our fears
Lord knows it ain’t no easy task
Keeping us safe under the weight of the badge

He swore that oath to protect and serve
Pours his heart and soul into both those words
Lays his life on the line
And the line he walks is razor fine
Tempered strength is always tough
But he ain’t gonna buckle under the weight of the badge

Not that long ago, he woke up in the hospital
With his wife and kids, praying by his bed
He said I’m gonna be alright, there’s just sometimes you gotta fight
And the truth is nothing truer could be said
I do it for us and I do it for them
And I ain’t gonna buckle under the weight of the badge

It doesn’t weigh a lot
Until you put it on
Then the weight of it is staggering
When duty calls each time
He knows, he’s gotta answer
And it’s all in the handling of the weight
Oh, the heavyweight of the badge
And he ain’t gonna buckle under the weight of the badge

No, he ain’t gonna buckle under the weight of the badge

45 of George Strait’s Best Songs