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Watch Clay Walker Cover George Strait’s Narrative Hit ‘The Chair’

Clay Walker probably didn’t even have to sing the lyrics to George Strait’s “The Chair” at a recent show at the North Texas Fair and Rodeo since the audience knew every word, but Walker’s voice provided a smooth, pleasant rendition of the ’80s classic. Like Strait, Walker gives a calm, reminiscent feeling to the narrative song. Legend has it that the lyrics were written in only 20 minutes, giving the track its natural ease.

“The Chair” was a hit for Strait in August 1985 as the first single off of his record Something Special. Written by Dean Dillon and Hank Cochran, the song never works up to a chorus. Instead, the lyrics tell the story of a lonely man at a bar meeting a girl, buying her a drink, and asking her to dance and if he can take her home later. One of the most memorable part of the lyrics occurs when the narrator asks if he can “drink you a buy” instead of “buy you a drink.” The tongue-tied mistake either stems from nerves from talking to a beautiful woman, the side effects of too much whiskey, or a combination of both.

Walker embarked on an ambitious touring schedule at the beginning of the year, with dates planned all the way through November. His appearance on Saturday night at the North Texas State Fair in Denton, Texas preceded his shows at the Minnesota State Fair. Now, Walker will make his way to the Orleans Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Check out his upcoming tour dates here. Hopefully, you’ll catch him playing a George Strait cover live.

George Strait’s “The Chair” Lyrics:

Well excuse me, but I think you’ve got my chair
No, that one’s not taken, I don’t mind if you sit here
I’ll be glad to share
Yea it’s usually, packed here on Friday nights
Oh if you don’t mind could I talk you out of a light?
Well thank you, could I drink you a buy?
Oh listen to me, what I mean is can I buy you a drink?
Anything you please
Oh, you’re welcome, well I don’t think I caught your name
Are you waiting for someone to meet you here?
Well, that makes two of us, glad you came
No, I don’t know the name of the band but they’re good,
Aren’t they, would you like to dance?
Yeah I like this song too, it reminds me of you and me, baby
Do you think there’s a chance?
That later on, I could drive you home?
No, I don’t mind at all
Oh I like you too and to tell you the truth
That wasn’t my chair after all
Oh I like you too and to tell you the truth
That wasn’t my chair after all

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