100 Songs of Summer #64 “Unwound” by George Strait

George Strait
George Strait, Photo, William Toti

As this entry in our Top 100 Songs of Summer countdown proves, woman (or man) troubles can send just about anyone into a tailspin, but sometimes the chaos—and more than a few drinks—is just what the doctor ordered.

Hamptons 100 Songs of Summer #64

“Unwound” by George Strait

This toe-tapping number was originally written for country star Johnny Paycheck in 1980, but he was in jail at the time, so it became a big hit for George Strait instead. “Unwound” is straight-up, no nonsense country—fiddles and all. And there’s something special about a true country music singalong during the hot summer nights.

Whether you’ve experienced the madness of boozing away lost love, or just enjoy singing about it, this song is a guaranteed good time. Given a chance, Strait’s classics, like this one, will convert any fool who claims to hate country. He’ll be line dancing before he knows what hit him.

That woman I had wrapped around my finger just come unwound

She kicked me outta the house and tonight I’m whiskey-bound

I’m gonna be the drunkest fool in town

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