Listen to George Jones’ classic hit ‘The Race Is On’ and get your heart racing with his iconic country sound!
George Jones’ classic country hit “The Race Is On” is a song filled with heartbreak, love and betrayal. It was written by Don Rollins and was first recorded by singer Jackie Lee in 1965, but it was George Jones’ rendition that became the most famous.
The song tells the story of a man who knows that he’s about to lose his lover to someone else. He’s heard rumors that she’s been seeing someone new, and he’s certain that his time with her is almost up. As the chorus says, “The race is on, and here comes pride up the backstretch / Heartaches are going to the inside / My tears are holding back, they’re trying not to fall / My heart’s out of the running, true love’s scratched for another’s sake.”
The metaphor of a horse race is used to describe the competition for the woman’s affection – the protagonist feels like he’s in a race that he can’t win, and that he’s already falling behind.
But despite his sadness and heartbreak, the man in the song refuses to give up. He sings, “The only thing I’m thinking of is winning that race / And finding that special place before it’s too late.” He’s determined to fight until the bitter end, even if he knows that he might not come out on top.
There’s a sense of urgency to “The Race Is On” that makes it feel like more than just a simple breakup song. It’s a song about fighting for what you want, even when the odds are stacked against you. It’s about the pain of losing someone you love, and the strength it takes to keep moving forward.
For many fans of country music, “The Race Is On” is a timeless classic that captures the essence of the genre. It’s a song that speaks to the universal experience of heartbreak and loss, and it reminds us that even in the toughest times, we can find the strength to keep going. As George Jones sings, “My heart’s out of the running, true love’s scratched for another’s sake / The race is on and it looks like heartache, and the winner loses all.”