Throwback Jam: George Strait’s “Ocean Front Property”

By Emily Wagner

Released in December of 1986, “Ocean Front Property” was quick to become a now iconic George Strait song.

Written by Dean Dillon, Hank Cochran and Royce Porter, the song’s beginnings make it seem as if a jilted lover won’t miss his significant other, telling her he won’t miss her if she leaves, and her memory won’t haunt him.

The brilliance and ‘a ha’ moment of the song comes in the chorus, where George sings that if you believe anything he previously said he could probably sell you an ocean front property in the land locked Arizona, since you were suckered for thinking he would be okay if his lover ever left him. His likelihood of moving on would be as high as finding that ocean getaway Arizona.

The song obviously went on to reach the number one spot (I mean it’s George, how doesn’t it make it to the top spot?). The song is so clever and yet really simplistic, and while Strait is one of those artists who cut songs that span generations, it’s still amazing that “Ocean Front Property” is still as beloved today as it was over 30 years ago.