About the song

If you are a fan of George Strait, you probably know his hit song “Carrying Your Love with Me”. But do you know the history behind this song? In this blog post, we will explore the origins, meaning and impact of this classic country tune.

“Carrying Your Love with Me” is a song written by Steve Bogard and Jeff Stevens, and recorded by George Strait in 1996. It was released in May 1997 as the second single and title track from his album of the same name. The song reached the top of the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart, becoming Strait’s 35th number one hit. The song was also nominated for Best Male Country Vocal Performance at the 1998 Grammy Awards.[1]

The song is about a man who has to leave home for periods of time, though he carries the love of his significant other with him wherever he is. Memorable lyrics include the opening line, “Baby all I got is this beat up leather bag, and everything I own don’t fill up half.” Another notable line is in the chorus which includes the title of the song, “I’m carrying your love with me, West Virginia down to Tennessee.”[2]

The music video for the song was directed by Christopher Cain, and premiered on CMT on May 26, 1997 as its “Hot Shot Video of the Week”. The video begins in black-and-white, where Strait walks into an empty auditorium, with an old leather bag at his side. The scene switches from black-and-white to color, Strait puts the leather bag down, looks directly into the camera, and began to sing. The video has scenes that relate to the lyrics of the song and keeps with the context of Strait being away from home and missing his significant other. The video ends with Strait picking up the leather bag from the beginning of the video, and leaving an empty auditorium, as the scene switched back to black-and-white.[3]

“Carrying Your Love with Me” contributed to the overall success of Strait’s album of the same name. It was Strait’s 21st release with record company MCA Nashville. At the time the singer had been with the label for 15 years.[4] Although many critics argue that the track was nothing new from the country music alum, it was still a success. Many reviewers stated that during a time of pop country and big revenue stars such as Shania Twain and Garth Brooks, Strait along with his album (and song) “Carrying Your Love with Me” kept country music relevant.[5]