March 27.2015 – Story Behind “I Saw God Today” by George Strait

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According to songwriter Rodney Clawson, the idea for the song came from Criswell, who said that after unsuccessful hunting trips, he would often say that he “caught a glimpse of God today” despite not seeing any animals.

George Strait told AOL about this song: “‘I Saw God Today’ is such a well-written song… It means a lot. Sometimes we take a lot of things for granted, especially anybody that’s had a child. When they first see that child – if they’re in the delivery room or not – it truly is a miracle. And you just realize that all of these things that God has given us, sometimes you just take for granted. But if you just step back and take a look around, you’ll see what beauty we have around us in the things that He has created for us.”

This was Strait’s 43rd #1 hit on the Hot Country Songs survey. It’s one week at the top put Strait in a three-way tie with Hank Williams, Sr. and Buck Owens with an accumulated total of 83 weeks on top of the Country chart.

This was the first song with “God” in its title to top the Hot Country Songs chart since Sawyer Brown’s “Thank God for You” in 1993.

In this song Strait mentions a room 508. Coincidentally this song ascended to #1 in the first week of May 2008, or the first week in 5/08.

This was named single of the year at the 2008 CMA Awards. Strait’s Troubadour won the award for best album at the same ceremony. Producer Tony Brown commented to Billboardmagazine backstage: “A lot of people try to reinvent themselves and push the envelope and the envelope breaks. With George we don’t try to overthink it.”

On May 7, 2011 DJ Paul Gambaccini reported on his BBC Radio 2 show that with 69 million albums sold, Strait is the most successful American artist who has failed to chart in the UK.
LYRICS: Written by Rodney Clawson, Monty Criswell and Wade Kirby
Just walked down the street to the coffee shop,
Had to take a break,
I’ve been by her side for eighteen hours straight,
saw a flower growing in the middle of the sidewalk,
pushing up through the concrete,
Like it was planted right there for me to see,

The flashing lights,
The honking horns,
All seem to fade away,
but in the shadow of the hospital,
at 508,
I saw God today,

[CHORUS:]
I’ve been to church,
I’ve read the book,
I know He’s there,
But I don’t look,
near as often as I should,

His fingerprints are everywhere,
I just look down and stop and stare,
open my eyes and then I swear,
I Saw God Today,

[VERSE 2:]
Saw a couple walking by,
they were holding hands,
and she had that glow,
Ya, I couldn’t help,
but I noticed that she was starting to show,
stood there for a minute,
taking in the sky,
lost in that sunset,
a splashing down from mounting in shades of red,

[CHORUS:]
I’ve been to church,
I’ve read the book,
I know He’s there,
but I don’t look,
near as often as I should,

His fingerprints are everywhere,
I just look down and stop and stare,
open my eye and then I swear,
I Saw God Today,

[VERSE 3:]
Got my face pushed up against the nursery glass,
she’s sleeping like a rock,
my name on her wrist,
wearing tiny pink socks,
she’s got my nose,
she’s got her Mama’s eyes,
my bran new baby girl,
she’s a miracle,
I Saw God Today

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