Western Song: Amarillo by Morning
Terry Stafford teamed up with Paul Fraser to create the song and recorded it in 1973. A delivery service commercial inspired the song with its “get your package to places like Amarillo by the next morning” guarantee. Weeks after its release, Terry Stafford’s recording of Amarillo By Morning found success in the industry. The song took a fourteen-week ride on Billboard’s Country Singles Chart, rising to reach #31, and remained a crowd favorite even after it left the charts.
Years later, several cover versions have appeared, including the hit version of George Strait in 1983. His version charted for seventeen weeks, peaking at #4.
Country Music Television rated Amarillo by Morning as the #12 Country Song of All Time.
Story Behind The Song
The song is a rodeo ballad sung from the perspective of a cowboy riding at night to a county fair in Amarillo, Texas and, hopes to arrive there by the following morning. The man recounts the struggles his occupation has caused him, including the hardships with his love life and poverty. However, he does not regret his lifestyle because he might not have a dime in his pocket, but he finds happiness in the rodeo where his heart is free.
Various artists covered the song and among the numerous versions include songs recorded by:
- George Strait
- Chris LeDoux
- Clifton Jansky
- Asleep at the Wheel
- John Arthur Martinez
- Canadian Indie Rock Artist Fancey
- Brazilian Singer Zé Ramalho
Amarillo By Morning In Albums
The song has also been included in the tracklist of the albums below:
- Say, Has Anybody Seen My Sweet Gypsy Rose (single by Terry Stafford)
- Strait from the Heart (recorded by George Strait)
- Life as a Rodeo Man (Chris LeDoux album in 1975)
- Lone Starry Night (John Arthur Martinez 2004 album)
Listen (Terry Stafford Version)
Amarillo By Morning Lyrics
Amarillo by morning, up from San Antone Everything that I've got is just what I've got on When that sun is high in that Texas sky I'll be bucking at the county fair Amarillo by morning, Amarillo I'll be there They took my saddle in Houston, broke my leg in Santa Fe Lost my wife and a girlfriend somewhere along the way Well I'll be looking for eight when they pull that gate And I hope that judge ain't blind Amarillo by morning, Amarillo's on my mind Amarillo by morning, up from San Antone Everything that I've got is just what I've got on I ain't got a dime, but what I got is mine I ain't rich, but Lord I'm free Amarillo by morning, Amarillo's where I'll be Amarillo by morning, Amarillo's where I'll be