George Strait - Old Violin Lyrics




I can't recall one time in my life
I've felt as lonely as I do tonight
I feel like I could lay down and get up no more
It's the damndest feeling, I never felt it before

Tonight I feel like an old violin
Soon to be put away and never played again

Don't ask me why I feel like this, hell, I can't say
I only wish this feeling would just go away
I guess it's 'cause the truth is the hardest thing I've ever faced
'Cause you can't change the truth in the slightest way
I've tried

So I asked myself, I said "George, where in the hell do you go from here?"
Then like a fool, I turned around and I looked in the mirror

And there I was seeing an old violin
Soon to be put away and never played again

So one more time, just to be sure
I said "George, where you gonna go from here?"
And you know, there wasn't a nickel's worth of difference
When I looked into the mirror

'Cause there I was seeing an old violin
Soon to be put away and never played again

And just like that, it hit me why that old violin and I were just alike
We give our all to music, and soon we'll give our life
Precious memories, how they linger





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  1. Brent Cowan

    The King George "Troubadour" Strait the day you ride your horse with your guitar strapped to your back up to gates. We will be saddened as we lost another Great! Your music will go on playing while you set up on that mountain and we hear your sweet voice sing. I speak for everyone who has been blessed to hear your music thank you for all the wonder songs and memory's God bless

  2. Zachary Gregory

    It gave me chills when Johnny did it, and it gave me chills when George did it, what a song

  3. Lisa White

    I love this song I could listen to it all the time❤️ George does such a great cover on this classic

  4. Beat my Yeet

    RIP JOHNNY PAYCHECK

  5. Vicky J

    Very nicely done... from Johnny Paycheck and you are singing it nicely George Strait...
    As life is that for some people... and most of us get thru this somehow. Just an old violin.
    🌟✨💫🎻💫✨🌟🤠👍precious memories for sure.

  6. blizzard37100

    One of The Most Powerfull songs to ever be recorded..and George has a Good Version.Soo Thankful that Good songs are still around

  7. John Calahan

    The greatest of all time Thanx George for a lot of great memories sang your songs many times an enjoyed every one the last song I sang with my guys was Cowboy rides away

  8. LONNIE GIFFIN

    Sometimes I feel like this all the time

  9. Cheryl Coffey

    A great rendition of Johnny Paychecks song. My deceased brother loved this song. So, of course it's special to me. Keep blessing us with real country music. Thanks for all the great entertaining Troubador.

  10. EJ Turpin

    George Strait=Pure Country Music. Keep it going George so the young "sangers" (as Porter Wagoner would say) know which path to take when they come to the fork in the road and choose Pure Country as opposed to the watered down pop version. God bless you George.

  11. Mattew Nelson

    The last from Hank, Jones, Merle, Willi, Waylon and Cash.

  12. Barbara Whitby-Amanchuku

    I have always Loved this Song. It's Such a Heartfelt Touching Song. Absolutely Beautiful and George you did it Justice. I love your Rendition!! 👍

  13. Stephanie Redden

    Thank you for giving this classic a new life. True beauty and you did Paycheck proud. I too love the outro!

  14. krisnotes1979

    He played this in Tulsa last year. It was so hauntingly beautiful. I couldn't help but cry.

  15. Garrett Lee

    *Fiddle

  16. Elisa Sandoval

    This album is beautiful

  17. Sue Blair

    very good song

  18. CountryandIrishFan

    Damn it George, you've done it again!!

  19. Sarah Yates

    This is such a beautiful song and King George has done it again.

  20. Mike Tipton

    Can't go wrong with old school

  21. Pumpkin/elizabeth Culpepper

    I love the old style of country music with George and rest of them..George is the king of county music of any age.

  22. Paul Lowery

    Boy you ain't done yet. Get them thoughts outta your head; we got work to do, now let's go!

    Donna Marie Pszoniak

    Amen to that George is still young 67 yr old man look at Willie Nelson 86 and still making Beautiful music

  23. jdmyerscountry

    This is obviously great and had I never heard Daryle Singletary I may feel like this is better than I feel like it is. After playing this I went and played a live version of Daryle and now there is no doubt in my mind that there was not a finer version of this than by Singletary. Of course Paycheck was incredible. The studio version of Daryle featuring Paycheck's recitation from the hospital bed is by far the greatest version ever recorded. This was the last song Paycheck sang AND the last song Singletary sang.

    Mellissa Conway

    jdmyerscountry, yes Daryle did this song extreme justice...👍

  24. Chris Martinez

    This man is a real Texan

  25. Confederate Rebel

    Don't worry, George. I'll be playing your music long after you're gone. I'll raise my kids right and teach them to respect the King's music.

  26. Mason Witte Sylvanic and SRG

    I'll never put you away george

  27. Erick Camilo

    Coitado fiiiii
    Aqui no Brasil essas moda também estrala ❤👊
    Aaaoow Sa Senhora 😂😂

  28. SMiller5488

    Sorry George, Daryle Singletary wins this round...

    Andy Atwood

    Damn, I miss Daryle! I always loved his rendition of this tune.

  29. Wanda Yarbrough

    Ty you Will love this CD ❤️

  30. Keke Banks

    Aye bring that "old violin" my way 😉 I'll play it anytime

  31. Allen Wilson

    The only two people who could ever do that song justice was the late great Johnny Paycheck and the late great Darryl Singletary. George's version is ok but but doesn't have the emotion .

  32. Gregg hummer

    Sorry George, but Paycheck takes this one hands down.

    jdmyerscountry

    ...and Singletary is right there too. Both of those men died with Old Violin being the last song they sang.

    David Huntley

    @jdmyerscountry Old Violin is definitely Johnny Paycheck's song, but Daryle Singletary did an awesome as well. Not much to say about George Strait except everything he sings is pure country.

  33. Austin Levins

    This is what country is. This is it. When the words tell a story and the instruments just somehow magically supports the message.

  34. Jacob Elerick

    I love George. He's the best ever. I'd also recommend you check out Daryle Singletary's cover of this!

  35. NOO NOPE

    love this song, but i like johnny paycheck singing this better....

  36. victor Espinoza

    and still the king

  37. Michael Sutton

    A great rendition of a great song. Gave me cold chills hearing the king of country music sing it. Thank you sir.

  38. Hockey Is life

    George Strait is an old violin that will never be put away, but that will keep sounded better with time.

  39. Phillip Lane

    This is real country music unlike that garbage on the radio today this kind of music is faded out and it's a shame

  40. Carolyn Jones

    The ultimate George Strait, this one has a lot of heart and soul in it. God Bless You.

  41. Charley Green

    I hope everyone knows this is Johnny paychecks song look it up

  42. Unwound Cowboy

    Another great job by King George! Old Violin is one of my favorite Johnny Paycheck song! I know he smiling down from heaven!

  43. Wanda Yarbrough

    Love this song

  44. Daemian Rivas

    Don’t you dare think that George you are still the greatest singer of all time you will never run out of greatness

  45. Maria Jordan

    This man lives by what he sings....he has shown the way

  46. DJ Chavez

    All I got is WOW!!!!

  47. Rosemary Downey

    Great song George love it man is a class act never listen to a song that i didn't like shine on George band sounds great thank you for sharing this god bless you all ❤👍👍

  48. Gary Shaw

    Just to true

  49. Debbie Smitherman

    Mr. George the king Legend Strait I love that you are doing these beautiful songs. This song touched me deeply. It hits home. Such true heartfelt lyrics. You are the master of country music. Please nobody dislike this song. The end of the song just touched me and my soul. I had chills. Thank the Lord up above we have this blessing in country music today and that is : Mr. George Strait. The one and only. A legend of all legends. Congrats to you. Please keep music like this coming. We love you. ♡♡♡♡♡♡♡🤠🤠🤠🤠🤠🤠

  50. Melinda Pemberton

    Mitch when you come home you want be lonely i'll be here for you and love you forever always but I love the song you send me but lease remember honey I'm always hoping to be here no matter what happens we belong together you we do it's always been you and me that all its going to be so hope you still coming home this weekend God my I'd love to see you hug you kiss you and ]put I arms around your neck tell you I love you love you love me

  51. hrh neenerita

    "Old Violin"
    Well I can't recall one time in my life
    I've felt as lonely as I do tonight
    I feel like I could lay down and get up no more
    It's the damndest feeling, I never felt it before

    Tonight I feel like an old violin
    Soon to be put away and never played again

    Don't ask me why I feel like this, hell, I can't say
    I only wish this feeling would just go away
    I guess it's 'cause the truth is the hardest thing I've ever faced
    'Cause you just can't change the truth
    in the slightest way I've tried

    So I asked myself, I said "George, where in the hell do you go from here?"
    Then like a fool, I turned around and I looked in the mirror

    And there I was seeing an old violin
    Soon to be put away and never played again

    So one more time, just to be sure
    I said "Now troubadour , where in the hell do you gonna go from here?"
    And you know, there wasn't a nickel's worth of difference
    When I looked into the mirror

    'Cause there I was seeing an old violin
    Soon to be put away and never played again

    And just like that, it hit me why that old violin and I were just alike
    We give our all to music, and soon we'll give our life
    Precious memories, how they linger

    Brian Caloway

    There's a few hick ups in these lyrics but... Thank you for trying ur beat!

  52. jennadyann walker

    Aged to perfection...more like vintage fine wine.

  53. Austin Lyles

    Yep
    Picking this CD up sunday afternoon.. And yes people they still make CDs
    I could download this album but naw i want to PAY for a physical CD

    One day imma get a record player though

    Colby Kuehler

    I did both

    Atvs5 Games

    That’s the way to live

  54. Steven Brennon

    Also correction to my website address it is [email protected] steven with a lowercase s not a capital S thanks

  55. Steven Brennon

    Sing in title is a mistake I meant the title of song is If I Could Find My Way Back To Your Heart hope to hear from either Mr Strait or someone who is associated with him or some one who knows him thanks for anyone's help best wishes

  56. Steven Brennon

    Man what a awesome version well done Mr Strait you done paycheck proud johnny that is please keep the traditional country music alive I really admire your accomplish ments in modern country music in the 80s and 90 s I am a country and gospel singer songwriter myself and i,have a song you might be interested in the sing in title of song is If I Could Find My Way Back To Your Heart do have demo of song anyone who knows how I could reach Mr Strait please email me at [email protected] or call me at 336 880 3858 this song would be a excellent fit for him love Mr Straits music would love to hear from Mr Strait or some one,who either knows him or is associated with him in the meantime keep it country Mr Strait you are the King of Country,Music

  57. Cory Boyd

    YES SIR MR STRAIGHT THEY ARE SMILLING IN HEAVEN AWESOME JOB

  58. A Konovalski

    George will always be the GOAT of country music!! I’m so fortunate that I got to see him in concert too

    Brian Caloway

    I saw him last year in lousiana for the very first time it was amazing!

  59. Donald Tofa

    Nice to know that there is still real country music out there by country legends

    Jack Blanchard

    donald tofa agreed

  60. Skylar Morrison

    I never thought I'd ever hear a better version than daryle singletary. George did the best damn version yet!

  61. EvCupcake

    Am I the only one that cries when hearing this song? It's such a beautiful song.

  62. James smith

    This better win Album of the year when it's able to be nominated at one of the country award shows

  63. Karen Lopez

    I loved it since the first time I heard ❤️❤️❤️❤️🤠👏👏👏 #THEKING

  64. Donna Marie Pszoniak

    George you are a voice never to stop singing God gave you a gift """ so keep the violin🎻 dusted off "" more Beautiful music is still to come "" My King of Country Music George🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🎶🎶🎶🎶🎶💞💞💞💞

  65. FortyFourFitness

    I’ve been waiting a while for this album to drop and then I see this song that he put on there. It’s so amazing and sad at the same time. It’s like he’s using it as a farewell song. I don’t want to think of a world without King George.

  66. David Fountain

    Hellz yeah

  67. blizzard37100

    Johnny Paycheck..would be Proud..

  68. Luke Webb

    All the new shit sucks, they need to hear this album right here

  69. Dennis Huffman

    The people who dislike this video does not know real country music!!!

    J Mit

    Or like the original by Paycheck better.

  70. Brent Baker

    The king of country music George Strait you did a great job on old violin! Johnny Paycheck has got to be smiling in Heaven!!!!!!!

  71. Pi2z

    The guitar sounds like who'll stop the rain by ccr

  72. Krista Garner

    I love George but Johnny Paychecks version has been my favorite since I can remember, you can just hear the pain and he has that longing twang in his voice that is more high pitch than George’s and it just works, can’t explain it but Paychecks version will bring me to tears almost every time.

    moparelvis

    Krista Garner go listen the Singletary do it

  73. Hi i am from Australia

    I am 13, and love all this old school classical country, and hate the new shitty stuff. Thanks from Straya.

    J B-G

    aint no school, like old school kid.

  74. J Fisch

    Is it just me or does this new album have some autotune? His voice just doesn't sound the same.

    moparelvis

    J Fisch just you

  75. Mitchell Meissner

    No one sings this song better than daryle singletary. RIP

    Rae Keams

    I totally agree

  76. Ns train boy

    Some damn good country music.

  77. Mike Robinson Channel

    Such a classic version of a classic song. Very tasteful. Nice touch in adding "Precious Memories" to the outro. Hats off to you, Mr. Strait. Well done. God bless!

  78. Jonathan Dempsey

    That is a horrible version. He needs to just let Paycheck's version be left alone.

  79. Edward Webb

    Thank You George! There is a reason why your the King, and once again you have proven it. Thank you for real country music.

  80. ribmeat hamhock

    My copy's in the mail, can't wait to hear it all. You're great, Mr. Strait!

  81. Ryan Buikema

    I have been listening to Strait for over 15 yrs. I can't help but wonder with this song, is this his goodbye song? Is this it for him as far as albums?

    chargerspecial

    No, still has two more on contract with MCA and he has been playing this song on stage for a couple of years. He was a Paycheck fan so he covered it and put it on this album.

    Seth LaDuke Stebbins

    This was the great Johnny Paycheck’s swan song. King George did the song right.

  82. Micheal Henderson

    It's a shame no one even knows what real country music is now I'm only 17 and hate this new stuff. I wish George strait could keep playing my whole life he is by far my favorite country singer and wish I could meet him someday.

    Patrick

    Dirty Brown don’t worry, they’re everywhere on every video, just your casual troll

    Shaun Ward

    Hey I'm 17 and i love old country music my favorite is Keith Whitley he is the best

    Basil Carpenter jr

    I agree I think this new music is not good not even country it's good to see young people liking old country music ism 49 my self I love George strait and George Jones

    Cody Walker

    @countrygirl countrymusiclover I know this is an old comment, but I don't care. If you think new country is the same or just as good as old country, you don't deserve to listen to old country. That's all there is to it. Conway Twitty, Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Hank Williams Sr and Jr, etc. There's no new artists nearly as good as them

    Dany Iboy

    Micheal Henderson. 22 here

  83. Jennifer Dijames

    George, congratulations on your Brand New album out today. My buddy Tim told me about it. I was so surprised.

  84. KoolGrannie Nance

    Thank ya, sir. Hope ya ain't feelin' like an old violin. We are, and we can't change the truth. LOVE ya 🎼💙🎼 I didn't recognize this, but it doesn't matter cause you made it yours, Troubadour. You made me cry. 💞

  85. David Aguilar

    This is just beautiful.....real country.

  86. dylan cobb

    It’s nice that the king of country music brings back someone of the ole school country greats

  87. Devin Wilson

    Nobody can beat the hurt in Paychecks voice when he sang this but George sure does come close. It’s great to see classics like this brought back to life and able to be enjoyed by another generation. Also love the violin/fiddle in this version.

    Matt Howell

    Daryl Singletary did it best

    John Doe

    pissed me off. i cant even listen to this one it sucks

    John Doe

    Ian Hernandez I think u need hearing aids. this version sucks

    John Doe

    Tracy Burt Sr. thank u

    John Doe

    Chris Stitt more balls than you'll ever have