George Strait Amarillo By Morning & More
For The Acoustic

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Here on this George Strait Amarillo By Morning page you'll find a collection of demo covers and full lesson tutorials available for purchase along with several free chord sheets in pdf format. Help yourself to the free chord sheets.


George Strait Amarillo By Morning & Other Hits
Chords, Lyrics, Pdf's, Tutorials

1. A Fire I Can't Put Out

a fire i cant put out guitar lesson

A Fire I Can't Put Out was a #1 hit back in 1983 with this single from the album "Strait From The Heart".

Other songs with this same album cover below are also found on this album.

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = No
  • Rhythm = root up down up root up down up and repeat
  • Picking = Yes
  • Chords = G, A7, D, D7, Bm, A
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2. Adalida

adalida guitar lesson

Adaliada was a #3 hit in the US and a #2 in Canada when it was released back in 1995.

The song can be found on the album "Lead On".


  • Drop D Tuning = Yes
  • Capo = 2nd fret
  • Rhythm = root down up root up down up
  • Picking = Yes
  • Chords = D, G, C, D7
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3. All My Exes Live In Texas

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All My Exes Live In Texas hails from the 1986 album Ocean Front Property.

The song topped the country charts in both Canada and the US.

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = 2nd fret
  • Rhythm = root down root up down up and repeat
  • Picking = Yes
  • Chords = G, D, Am, C, Cm, D7, A7, C#
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4. Amarillo By Morning

amarillo by morning guitar lesson

Amarillo By Morning was written by Terry Stafford and Paul Frasier and they recored it in 1973 and had a top 30 hit. This song was actually a B-side to a song called "Say Has Anybody Seen My Gypsy Rose", which was the A-Side when Staffed released the single in June of 73. By October, they realized Amarillo By Morning was getting more airplay, so they re-released the single and flipped sides, putting Amarillo By Morning on the A-Side. 

George Strait recorded the song in 1982 for his album "Strait From The Heart" and released the single in 1983, scoring a #4 hit on the country charts in the US and hit #1 in Canada.

Chris Ledoux also covered the song before George Strait back in 1975. 

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = No
  • Rhythm = root down up root up down up and repeat
  • Picking = Yes 
  • Chords = D, Gbm, G, A7, Gmaj7, A, E, Abm, A, B7, Amaj7 
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5. Blame It On Mexico

blame it on mexico guitar lesson

Blame It On Mexico was one of four songs recorded at the very beginning of George Strait's career, even before he had a recording contract way back in 1981. It was Feb, and George entered the Waxwork Recording Studio in Berry Hill Tennessee.

Unwound, Blame It On Mexico, Perfect Mind and Nobody In His Right Mind Would Have Left Her were recorded. Blame It On Mexico was recorded later in June of 1981.

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = No
  • Rhythm = root up down up with a shuffle as you decend thru the chords. In the Ch there is a chop in the rhythm
  • Picking = No
  • Chords = C, G6, Am, Am/G, Fmaj7, Dm
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6. Blue Clear Sky

blue clear sky guitar lesson

Blue Clear Sky was the title of the album by the same name which came out back in the spring of 1996.  The single from the album went to #1 on the country charts and the album itself won several industry awards as the best country album from 1996.

If the title seems backwards, it is because that title came from Forrest Gump. Even George asked Bob DiPiero, who co-wrote the song, about this odd title. But in the end they kept it as is instead of changing it to Clear Blue Sky.

  • Drop D Tuning = Yes
  • Capo = 2nd fret
  • Rhythm = mainly all down strokes in a rock & roll type play
  • Picking = Yes
  • Chords = D, G, A, Bm
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7. Carrying Your Love With Me

carrying your love with me guitar lesson

Carrying Your Love With Me was the title of the 17th album released by George Strait in Apr of 1997.

This song was released in May and peaked at #1 on the country charts.

  • Drop D Tuning = No 
  • Capo = 3rd Fret 
  • Rhythm = down down up down up and repeat with some riffs blended in
  • Picking = Yes
  • Chords = G, D, C, D/Gb, Em, Dsus, D7 (optional)
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8. Check Yes Or No

check yes or no guitar lesson

Check Yes Or No hails from his 1995 album, "Strait Out Of The Box" where George scored another #1 hit with the release of this song in both Canada and the US.

There was a music video also for this song.

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = 3rd Fret
  • Rhythm = you use a few chops to get this one going and then a root up down up root up down up or use a shuffle in the ch which is a root down up down up root up down up and repeat
  • Picking = a few riff and bass runs
  • Chords = D, A, G, Bm
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9. Christmas Cookies

christmas cookies guitar lessons

Christmas Cookies is from George's album entitled A Country Christmas 1999. In 2002 Christmas Cookies was released and peaked at #33 on the country charts.

This song is still played during the holidays at Christmas on country radio at least as I heard this past 2021 holiday season several times on the radio.

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = No
  • Rhythm = 
  • Picking = 
  • Chords = C, C7, F, Adim, G
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10. Desperately

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Desperately was written by Texan Bruce Robison, brother of Charlie Robison.

George Strait put this number on his 2003 album Honkytonkville, and the song peaked at #6 in 2004 on the US Country charts.

One of those cool George Strait guitar songs to learn acoustically.

  • Drop D Tuning = Yes
  • Capo = No
  • Rhythm = root down up down up root up down up and repeat
  • Picking = Yes
  • Chords = A, D, G, Em, A7 
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11. Drinkin' Man

drinkin man guitar lesson

Drinkin Man was written by George Strait, his son George Strait Jr (a.k.a. Bubba) and Dean Dillon, who wrote "Unwound" for George way back in 1981.

This song peaked at #37 on the country charts in 2012 and can be found on his Here For A Good Time album.

  • Drop D Tuning = No 
  • Capo = 4th fret
  • Rhythm = use a steady shuffle with a down down up down up down up as you move thru the chords
  • Picking = No
  • Chords = Asus4, A, Asus2, D, Esus, E, D/Gb
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12. Easy Come Easy Go

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Easy Come Easy Go was co-written by Dean Dillon. This was the lead single from the 1993 album of the same name and reached #1 on the country charts.

The song also crossed over onto the Billboard Hot 100 reaching #71 on that chart. 

  • Drop D Tuning = Yes
  • Capo = No
  • Rhythm = verse is dn (mute dn up dn) up up dn up and repeat and dn up stop up
  • Picking = Yes
  • Chords = D, G, A7, Em, A7sus
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13. Fool Hearted Memory

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Fool Hearted Memory was George's first #1 hit from way back in 1982.

This song hails from his 2nd album as the first album did not product any #1 hits.

Some of these early songs are truly George Strait pure country at it's finest.

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = No
  • Rhythm = root dn root up dn up will work for this one.
  • Picking = Yes and song riffs
  • Chords = A, Amaj7, D, Esus, E, Bm, Dm
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14. Give It Away

give it away guitar lesson

Give It Away was the song that broke Conway Twitty's record of 40 No hits by becoming the #41st hit back in 2006 of George Strait.

The song is from his album It Just Comes Natural.

  • Drop D Tuning = Yes
  • Capo = 3rd fret
  • Rhythm = root up root up down up and repeat
  • Picking = Yes
  • Chords = D, G, A, G7
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15. God And Country Music

god and country music guitar lesson

God And Country Music as of Jan 2022, was one of three last singles released by George Strait which was released back in 2019 from his album Honky Tonk Time Machine. The song reached #36 on the country charts. 

George Strait's last top 10 was back in 2012 and his last #1 was in 2008.

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = 3rd fret
  • Rhythm = arpeggio a few notes and play root up down up and repeat
  • Picking = just a riff
  • Chords = G, Em, C, D, Em, Am, G6
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16. He Must Have Hurt You Really Bad

he must have hurt you really bad guitar lesson

He Must Have Hurt You Really Bad came in as a request by a customer but as I discovered, it was never released as a single. The song can be found on the album It Just Comes Natural which was released back in 2006 and produced four singles, but not this one.

Give It Away and Wrapped were two big singles from this album along with the title track.

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = 3rd fret
  • Rhythm = use an arpeggio 1,2 up down up and repeat or a down down up down up 
  • Picking = No
  • Chords = G, C/G, Am7, G6, C, Em, Bm, D/Gb, Dsus, D
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17. Heartland

heartland guitar lesson

Heartland was a #1 for George Strait in 1993 and was also the soundtrack for the movie Pure Country. The song was the second single from the album.

George Strait starred in the film as Dusty Chandler about a small town country artist with big dreams.

  • Drop D Tuning = Yes
  • Capo = No
  • Rhythm = dn up dn up with a rock and roll strum
  • Picking = Yes
  • Chords =D, G, A, Bm, C, Gb, E7
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18. I Can Still Make Cheyenne

i can still make cheyenne guitar lesson

I Can Still Make Cheyenne was one of three #1 hits from this album by George Strait released back in 1996.

One of those classic George Strait song on guitar that every country musician should learn.

  • Drop D Tuning = Yes
  • Capo = 1st fret
  • Rhythm = root down up down up or use a bit of arpeggio 1,2,3 up down up down up
  • Picking = No
  • Chords = D, G, A7, A, Bm
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19. I Cross My Heart

i cross my heart guitar lesson

I Cross My Heart is a song from 1992. This one was the first single release from the album Pure Country and also appeared in the movie of the same name at the end.

It was a #1 hit for George Strait in both the US and Canada.

When the song became available as a digital download it racked up nearly a million downloads since 2015.

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = No
  • Rhythm = down down up and repeat
  • Picking = Yes
  • Chords = D, D/Gb, G, A, Asus, Bm, Gbm, A7, Em, F, C
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20. I Gotta Get To You

i gotta get to you guitar lesson

I Gotta Get To You was written by three writers in Nashville, this song hails from the 2010 George Strait album entitled "Twang".

The song reached #3 on the Billboard US Country Chart also at the time when his song Twang was also on the charts.

Some real George Strait pure country right here.

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = 2nd fret 
  • Rhythm = root up down up bass up down up will work for this one
  • Picking = No but some quick bass runs
  • Chords = G, Am, D, G7, C, G6
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21. I Hate Everything

i hate everything guitar lesson

I Hate Everything was the lead single form the 2004 George Strait album "50 Number Ones" and went on to peak at #1 on the US Country charts.

The song was also a #3 in Canada.

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = No
  • Rhythm = Root down up down up down up and repeat
  • Picking = Yes
  • Chords = Am, G6, C, D, G, D/Gb, Em
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22. I Just Wanna Dance With You

i just wanna dance with you guitar lesson

I Just Wanna Dance With You was a John Prine and Roger Cook song and was recorded by George Strait for his album One Step At A Time, which was released in 1998.

George scored another #1 hit with this song which John Prine recorded back in 1986 and it also became a hit in 1992 for Daniel O'Donnell in the UK reaching #20.

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = No
  • Rhythm = root down up down up root up down up and repeat
  • Picking = Yes
  • Chords = C, G7, F, C7
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23. If It Wasn't For Texas

if it wasnt for texas guitar lesson

If It Wasn't For Texas hails from the 2005 album Somewhere Down In Texas and this particular song was written by Guy Clark.

What was confusing me is that on the album the song is simply called "Texas" and the writers listed are Steven Dale Jones and Phillip White. So I'm not really sure about the actual song title or if Guy Clark wrote this one.

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = 3rd fret
  • Rhythm = root up root up down and repeat
  • Picking = Yes a little
  • Chords = G, D/Gb, A7, D, A, Bm
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24. It Ain't Cool

it aint cool guitar lesson

It Ain't Cool is another Dean Dillon collaboration which resulted in this one from 1986 and another #1 hit song. Only two singles were released from the album #7 and this was his 9th number one at the time.

Country artist Kenny Chesney also released a version in 2007 but only as a B-Side to his single Never Wanted Nothing More.

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = No
  • Rhythm = dn strokes in the verse and root dn up dn up root up dn up in the ch 
  • Picking = Just a riff
  • Chords = G, D, A, A7sus, A7, Adim, Gbm, Em
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25. Living For The Night

living for the night guitar lesson

Living For The Night was co-written by George Strait and his son Bubba with Nashville writer Dean Dillon for the 2009 album Twang. The song was the lead single from that album.

There was also a music video for the song showing George performing it in concert. The song eventually made it to the #2 position in the U and #4 in Canada.

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = 1st fret
  • Rhythm = use a shuffle down down up down up down down up down down and repeat
  • Picking = Yes
  • Chords = C, Em7, F, G, Fmaj7, Am, G/E
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26. Love Without End Amen

love without end amen guitar lesson

Love Without End Amen came out in 1990 from the "Livin' It Up" album. Of all the George Strait hit songs over the years, most spent only one week at the top of the country charts. But this one spend a whopping 5 weeks tie-ing a record set by Dolly Parton 13 years earlier in 1977.

The song also reached #1 in Canada.

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = No
  • Rhythm = root down root up down up and repeat
  • Picking = No
  • Chords = D, G, A7, B7, E
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27. Nobody In His Right Mind

nobody in his right mind guitar lesson

Nobody In His Right Mind was written and recorded by Dean Dillon himself and released in 1980, peaking at #25.

But George Strait added his magic to the song in 1986 and took it to #1 in the US and Canada. The song is found on the #7 album. Keith Whitley recorded a version in 1985, but never released is as a single.

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = 3rd fret
  • Rhythm = down down up down up down up and repeat
  • Picking = Yes
  • Chords = D, Bm, G, A, Bm/A, A7sus, A7, Gmaj7
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28. Ocean Front Property

ocean front property guitar lesson

Ocean Front Property was co-written by Dean Dillon in 1987 and scored another #1 hit for George Strait in both the US and Canada. It was also the name of the album which set a record at the time being the first Country album to debut at #1 on Billboards Top Country Albums chart. 

Of course Arizona is a landlocked state with no body of water next to it so the writers used is as a play on words with the line "Ocean front property in Arizona, from my front porch you can see the sea."

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = No
  • Rhythm = root down root up down up and repeat
  • Picking = Yes
  • Chords = D, Gmaj7, G, A, A7
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29. Seashores Of Old Mexico

seashores of old mexico guitar lesson

Seashores Of Old Mexico was written by Merle Haggard who recorded his version in 1974 and again with Willie nelson in 1987.

Freddy Weller and Hank Snow also did covers in the 1970's. 

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = No
  • Rhythm = root up up down up and repeat as you move thru the chords
  • Picking = No
  • Chords = D, A/Db, Bm, A, Em, A7, Am7, D7, G 
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30. The Best Day

the best day guitar lesson

The Best Day was written by Dean Dillon and Carson Chamberlain and was a #1 hit back in 2000. 

The song can be found on the album Latest Greatest Straitest Hits.

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = 2nd fret
  • Rhythm = down down up down down up and repeat 
  • Picking = No just a riff
  • Chords = G, G/D#, C, D, A7, A7sus, D7, Am7, G7
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31. The Fireman

the fireman guitar lesson

The Fireman has an up tempo beat and came out in 1985 from the album "Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind".

The song was a #10 hit in Canada and a #5 hit in the US.

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = No
  • Rhythm = root up up down up and repeat or a down up down up will work
  • Picking = Yes
  • Chords = A, E, D7, E7
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32. Three Nails And A Cross

three nails and a cross guitar lesson

Three Nails And A Cross hails from the "Here or A Good Time" album which was released in 2011.

George co-wrote this song with his son, Dean Dillon and Bobby Boyd.

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = 1st fret
  • Rhythm = root down up down up root down up down up
  • Picking = No - but a descending riff
  • Chords = G, Em, C, A7, D6, Am7, D, Em/Db, Em7 
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33. Troubadour

troubadour guitar lesson

Troubadour was a single release back in 2008 from the album of the same name. Country singer Vince Gill sang backup vocals on the song which reached #7 on the country charts in the US and #3 in Canada. A music video was created for the single. 

Below you'll find my George Strait Troubadour guitar chords listed and as a free chord sheet. There is also a full George Strait troubadour guitar lesson available on video for a small fee. 

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = 4th fret for original key
  • Rhythm = root dn dn up dn up and repeat
  • Picking = a few riffs
  • Chords = C, G, Em 
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34. Unwound

unwound guitar lesson

Unwound was released in 1981 and was his debut career single from the album Strait Country. It never reached #1 but it did make it to #6. And that will draw radio play and exposure, which of course it sure did.

The song was actually written for Johnny Paycheck, but he was in jail at the time. So Blake Mervis managed to get the song for George. And since then, Dean Dillon has helped write more than 40 George Strait songs. Imagine if Paycheck was not in jail that day.

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = No
  • Rhythm = down down up down down up and repeat
  • Picking = Yes
  • Chords = A, E, D
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35. Where Have I Been All My Life

where have i been all my life guitar lesson

Where Have I Been All My Life can be found on the 2009 album entitled "Twang".

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = 1st fret is original key
  • Rhythm = root up down up root up down up
  • Picking = Yes
  • Chords = G, Em, Gbm, D, Bm, A7sus, A7, Gb
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36. Wrapped

wrapped guitar lesson

Wrapped was written by Bruce Robison (brother of Texan artist Charlie Robison) and recorded his own version for this song. George Strait picked up the song for his album "It Just Come Natural" and had a #2 hit with his version.

Kelly Willis also covered the song.

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = 2nd fret
  • Rhythm = root down up root up down up .. or use a root down up bass up down up
  • Picking = Yes
  • Chords = D, Bm, G, A, E, Dbm, B7
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37. Write This Down

write this down guitar lesson

Write This Down was released the album "Always Never The Same" in 1999 as the 2nd single.

It was the 35th #1 country song from George Strait and crossed over to #27 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

The song also hit #1 in Canada.

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = No
  • Rhythm = root down root up down up
  • Picking = Yes
  • Chords = G, A, C, D, D7, A7, Bm
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38. You'll Be There

youll be there guitar lesson

You'll Be There was a #4 hit for George Strait pure country back in 2005 from his album "Somewhere Down In Texas".

The song was written by Cory Mayo. 

  • Drop D Tuning =  No
  • Capo = 2nd fret
  • Rhythm = root down up down up down up and repeat ... blend in some a arpeggio
  • Picking = No
  • Chords = D, D/Gb, G, Asus, A, Bm, F
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