The Fireman (song)

"The Fireman" is a song written by Mack Vickery and Wayne Kemp, and recorded by American country music artist George Strait. It was released in May 1985 as the third and final single from his album Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind. It reached number 5 on the country music chart in the United States, and number 10 in Canada.[1]

"The Fireman"
Single by George Strait
from the album Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind
B-side"What Did You Expect Me to Do"
ReleasedMay 6, 1985
RecordedJune 27, 1984
Songwriter(s)Mack Vickery, Wayne Kemp
Producer(s)Jimmy Bowen & George Strait
George Strait singles chronology
"The Cowboy Rides Away"
"The Fireman"
"The Chair"


The narrator is a man with charm and wit that can cool down any angry woman. He tends to go after women that have just been in fights with their significant other or have recently experienced a break up. He even heads over to his friend's place to "cool off" the friend's woman with "a little mouth to mouth."

Critical receptionEdit

Kevin John Coyne of Country Universe gave the song a B- grade," calling it "more cocky than clever" and that "the strained metaphor that gives structure to the song errs too far on the side of ridiculous." He goes on to say that the only reason the song is "listenable at all is the fantastic Western swing arrangement and Strait’s in-on-the-joke delivery."[2]

Chart positionsEdit

Chart (1985) Peak
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[3] 5
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 10


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 336.
  2. ^ Song review
  3. ^ "George Strait Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard.

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