About the song

If you are a fan of country music, you probably know the song “Check Yes or No” by George Strait. It is one of his most popular and enduring hits, reaching number-one on both the U.S. and Canadian country charts in 1995. 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 love song.

“Check Yes or No” was written by Danny Wells and Dana Hunt Black, two Nashville songwriters who had never had a song recorded by a major artist before. They came up with the idea of a song about two schoolchildren who fall in love and stay together for life, passing notes and checking boxes to express their feelings. They wrote the song in a session at the ASCAP offices, and later recorded a demo that was included on a compilation album in 2010.

The song caught the attention of George Strait, who was looking for songs to include on his box set Strait Out of the Box. He loved the song right away and decided to record it as the lead single from the collection. He said that his toddler son was also a big fan of the song. He recorded the song at Emerald Sound Studios in Nashville on April 10, 1995, with Tony Brown and himself as producers.

The song was released in September 1995 and became an instant hit. It stayed at number-one on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart for four weeks, and also topped the RPM Country Tracks chart in Canada. It was also included as a bonus track on the UK released version of the Blue Clear Sky album in 1996. The song received critical acclaim and won several awards, including CMA and ACM for Single of the Year .

The song tells the story of a couple who met in kindergarten and grew up together, sharing their dreams and fears through notes that asked “Do you love me? Do you want to be my friend? And if you do, well then don’t be afraid to take me by the hand if you want to. I think this is how love goes, check yes or no”. The song shifts to the present in the second verse, where the narrator reveals that they are still together after two decades of marriage, and still check yes or no on notes.

The song is accompanied by a music video that features footage of young actors playing the couple as children, interspersed with scenes of Strait performing the song. The video was directed by John Lloyd Miller and premiered in September 1995. The video was nominated for CMA Video of the Year in 1996.

“Check Yes or No” is widely regarded as one of Strait’s signature songs and one of the best country love songs of all time. It has been covered by several artists, such as Kane Brown, Austin Mahone and Scotty McCreery . Strait himself requested McCreery to perform the song on American Idol. The song has also been referenced by other artists, such as Florida Georgia Line on their album Dig Your Roots.

In this blog post, we have learned about the history of “Check Yes or No”, a song that celebrates lifelong love and friendship. We hope you enjoyed reading it and listening to this timeless tune by George Strait.

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Lyrics

It started way back in third grade
I used to sit beside Emmylou Hayes
A pink dress, a matching bow in her ponytail
She kissed me on the school bus but told me not to tell
Next day I chased her ’round the playground
‘Cross the monkey bars to the merry-go-round
And Emmylou got caught passing me a note
Before the teacher took it I read what she wrote
“Do you love me? Do you wanna be my friend?
And if you do
Well then don’t be afraid to take me by the hand
If you want to
I think this is how love goes
Check yes or no”
Now we’re grown up and she’s my wife
Still like two kids with stars in our eyes
Ain’t much changed, I still chase Emmylou
Up and down the hall, around the bed in our room
Last night I took her out in a white limousine
Twenty years together she still gets to me
Can’t believe it’s been that long ago
When we got started with just a little note
“Do you love me? Do you wanna be my friend?
And if you do
Well then don’t be afraid to take me by the hand
If you want to
I think this is how love goes
Check yes or no”
“Do you love me? Do you wanna be my friend?
And if you do
Well then don’t be afraid to take me by the hand
If you want to
I think this is how love goes
Check yes or no”
Check yes or no
Check yes or no
Check yes or no
Check yes or no