Run (George Strait Song)
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Run George Strait Song
George Strait - Run cd single.png
Single by George Strait
from the album The Road Less Traveled
"The Real Thing"[1]
ReleasedSeptember 24, 2001
FormatCD single
LengthAlbum Version 4:05 Single Version 3:46
LabelMCA Nashville
Tony Lane
Anthony Smith
Tony Brown
George Strait
George Strait singles chronology
"If You Can Do Anything Else"
"Living and Living Well"

"Run" is a song written by Anthony Smith and Tony Lane, and recorded by American country music artist George Strait. It was released in September 2001 as the lead single from Strait's album The Road Less Traveled. The song reached number 2 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts in December 2001, where it was blocked by Toby Keith's "I Wanna Talk About Me". It then reached number 2 again in early January 2002, where it was blocked by Alan Jackson's "Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)". It also peaked at number 34 on the Billboard Hot 100, making it a minor crossover hit.


The narrator tells his lover to leave Dallas, Texas and "run" to him. During the song the narrator lists many different forms of transport that his lover can take to reach him.

Critical reception

Chuck Taylor in his review of the single for Billboard Magazine called the song's production "intriguing" and that Strait's "warm vocals weave through a haunting melody." He said that there is a progressive feel to the track but the mandolin and steel guitar keep it traditional.[2]

Commercial performance

"Run" debuted at number 36 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks for the chart week of October 13, 2001. The song has sold 390,000 copies in the United States as of April 2019.[3]

The song's b-side, "The Real Thing", was later the b-side to the album's next single, "Living and Living Well". Although not released as a single itself, "The Real Thing" charted at number 60 for the country chart dated March 22, 2003.[1]


Chart (2001-02) Peak
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[4] 2
US Billboard Hot 100[5] 34

Year-end charts

Chart (2002) Position
US Country Songs (Billboard)[6] 30


  1. ^ a b Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. pp. 406-408. ISBN 0-89820-177-2.
  2. ^ "Single Reviews". Billboard. 13 October 2001.
  3. ^ Bjorke, Matt (April 15, 2019). "Top 30 Digital Country Singles Chart: April 15, 2019". RoughStock. Retrieved 2019.
  4. ^ "George Strait Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard.
  5. ^ "George Strait Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard.
  6. ^ "Best of 2002: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2002. Retrieved 2012.

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