“Where the Sidewalk Ends” by George Strait

This week for Song Lyric Sunday, Jim Adams has prompted us with songs prompting us to use the following: Bottom/End/Middle/Side/Top

“Where the Sidewalk Ends” was the 10th song added to George Strait’s soundtrack album “Pure Country” in 1992 for the movie of the same title. It was Strait’s 13th studio album. It was the first soundtrack of Strait’s career and was his most commercially successful album that sold over six million copies. Written by Jim Lauderdale & John Leventhal. Great article from Taste of Country on this song and the songwriters here.

George Strait stars as a fictional country music singer named Dusty Chandler who finds himself fed up with the big production pushed on him by his manager rather than concentrating on the music. In the movie, Dusty realizes how unhappy he was while singing “Where the Sidewalk Ends” as he walks off the stage and disappears from the tour. His manager panics and puts in a replacement to perform to an unknowingly audience while trying to find him. While this movie was a commercial failure, the fact that you have one of the greatest country music singers at the helm, I have enjoyed it over and over and over again. The clip is from the movie at the moment Dusty chooses to seek what is in his heart.

Where the sidewalk ends and the road begins
We said good bye on a cold dark night
I'm not afraid to go you bet I'm not
Where the sidewalk ends you left a lot
Some people leave and never come back
Some stay in touch, some loose track
Your mind kept sayin' come on let's go
You started learnin' what you don't need to know
Where the sidewalk ends and the road begins
I'll wait for you in the cold dark night
You might come back, you had to go
Where the sidewalk ends I'll never know
Hide from the future run from the past
I guess I'll stay here as long as I can last
Whistle still blowin' but the train is gone
Ain't no wheels gonna take me from my home
Where the sidewalk ends and the road begins
We said good bye on a cold dark night
I'm not afraid to go you bet I'm not
Where the sidewalk ends you left a lot
I'm not afraid to go you bet I'm not
Where the sidewalk ends you left a lot
Where the sidewalk ends and the road begins
We said good bye on a cold dark night
I'm not afraid to go you bet I'm not
Where the sidewalk ends you left a lot
Where the sidewalk ends you left a lot
Where the sidewalk ends you left a lot
Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Jim Lauderdale / John Leventhal
Where the Sidewalk Ends lyrics © Downtown Music Publishing 

17 Comments on ““Where the Sidewalk Ends” by George Strait

  1. I was thinking this was inspired by the Shel Silverstein book by the same name. That was super popular when I was in elementary school, around the same time when this song came out. Nevertheless, the song is great. I love 90s’ Country!

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