Country music legend George Strait paid tribute to police officers, firefighters, and their families in a powerful new music video. These days, it seems like police officers are getting less respect than ever so it was especially refreshing that Strait made this video.
Strait Releases New Song ‘Weight Of The Badge’
ABC7 reported that Strait released “Weight of the Badge” on October 28 to mark National First Responders Day.
The people in this music video are our friends and neighbors who carry #TheWeightOfTheBadge each day. Thank you to all First Responders and happy #NationalFirstRespondersDay. We appreciate you and the sacrifices you and your families make.
— George Strait (@GeorgeStrait) October 28, 2021
The music video includes a message from one officer that is both deep and sobering.
You have people that are going out and doing a job to defend their communities, and you know in the back of the mind of every one of those officers, one of them might not be going home,” the cop said. “And we have seen — I’ve seen it, thought my career, I have seen it here locally — where a police officer didn’t go home.”
“They kissed their loved one’s goodbye, and that was the last time they saw them,” he added. “And sometimes, I don’t think we realize the impact that this job has had on our families, let alone ourselves. That’s a heavy weight. That’s a heavy weight of the badge.”
Strait’s Song Lyrics
Lyrics of the song include Strait singing:
“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.”
The video ends with a law enforcement officer explaining that “it’s a sense of service, really. That weight (of the badge) is a sense of service to the people.”
“The men and women in this music video are our friends and neighbors who carry The Weight of the Badge each day,” Strait wrote in the caption of the video. “Thank you. We appreciate you and the sacrifices you and your families make.”
Check out the full music video for yourself below.
Fans Love The Song
Fans made it clear in the comments section of the video that they were loving this song.
“Thank you for all who have wore a badge. You are amazing people and so are the people who stand by your side. Thank you George for honoring them. Prayers for all,” one user commented.
“This song is so awesome,” another user wrote. “I LOVE all George Strait songs. This one brought me to tears. Thank you George for putting into words and music what we should all be saying about our men and women who stand between us and the evil in this life.”
God bless Strait for creating such a beautiful tribute to our men and women in blue!