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Hear George Strait Honor Police Officers With 'The Weight of the Badge'

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George Strait's latest release from his upcoming album Honky Tonk Time Machine is a tribute to police officers. "The Weight of the Badge," written by Strait with his son Bubba and Dean Dillon, tells the story of a 15-year veteran of the police force and the sacrifice he makes every day to keep us safe.

"He's see it all in his 15 years/ Watching our backs, facing our fears," Strait sings. "Lord knows it ain't no easy task/ Keeping us safe, under the weight of the badge."

Honky Tonk Time Machine will be released on March 29. Strait previously released "God and Country Music," "Código," "Every Little Honky Tonk Bar" and the title track. The album also includes "Sing One With Willie," which George Strait and Willie Nelson debuted at the Willie Nelson tribute concert earlier this year.

'The Weight of the Badge' Lyrics:

It's gonna be a long one
Another grave yard 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 see it all
In his 15 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
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 weight a lot until you put it on
And the weight of it is staggering
When duty calls each time
He knows he's gotta answer
And it's all the hand of
The weight 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

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