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"All My Ex's Live In Texas" is a song written by Sanger D. Shafer and Linda J. Shafer, and recorded by American country singer George Strait. It was released in April 1987 as the second single from Strait's album Ocean Front Property. "All My Ex's Live In Texas" was nominated for Best Male Country Vocal Performance at the 1988 Grammy Awards.

"All My Ex's Live in Texas"
All My Ex's Live in Texas - George Strait.jpg
Single by George Strait
from the album Ocean Front Property
B-side "I'm All Behind You Now"
Released April 10, 1987
Format 7" single
Recorded September 23, 1986
Genre Country
Length 3:22
Label MCA 53087
Songwriter(s) Sanger D. Shafer
Linda J. Shafer [1]
Producer(s) Jimmy Bowen, George Strait
George Strait singles chronology
"Ocean Front Property"
"All My Ex's Live in Texas"
"Am I Blue"
"Ocean Front Property"
"All My Ex's Live in Texas"
"Am I Blue"

A version of the song recorded by its co-author Sanger D. Shafer appeared in the film Road House, the video game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas[2] and TV show Ash vs Evil Dead. Rapper Drake mentions the song in his single "HYFR".

The format of the song is that of a list song.



The narrator declares that all four of his ex-partners live in various towns in the state of Texas (e.g. "sweet Eileen in Abilene"), and that is why he lives in Tennessee. The song is known for its Western Swing style rhythm.

Critical receptionEdit

Kevin John Coyne of Country Universe gave the song a B+ grade, saying that "you can almost hear the guy smirking as he sings this swinging hit, running down a list of jilted lovers from all over the Lone Star state."[3]


Chart (1987) Peak
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[4] 1
Canadian RPM Country Tracks[5] 1


  1. ^ BMI entry
  2. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (Box Set) - Original Game Soundtrack". Allmusic. Retrieved 2008-05-28. 
  3. ^ Song review
  4. ^ "George Strait Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard.
  5. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 336. 

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Preceded by
"That Was a Close One"
by Earl Thomas Conley
Billboard Hot Country Singles
number-one single

July 11, 1987
Succeeded by
"I Know Where I'm Going"
by The Judds
Preceded by
"Forever and Ever, Amen"
by Randy Travis
RPM Country Tracks
number-one single

July 18, 1987