Baby blue, a song written by Aaron Barker, was recorded by George Strait for the MCA label on September 29, 1987, at Sound Stage Studio, 10 Music Circle South, Nashville, TN, at the recording session, George was accompanied by : Reggie Young (electric guitar), Billy Joe Walker (electric guitar), Pat Flynn (acoustic guitar), Paul Franklin (steel), David Hungate (bass), Eddie Bayers (drums), Johnny Gimble (fiddle), Floyd Domino (piano) and Curtis Young, Liana Young (vocal background). With the production of Jimmy Bowen and George Strait, the song was released on April 25, 1988, and on August 6, 1988, reached # 1 on the charts from US Hot Country Songs, and remained 19 weeks on the charts. In the Canadian RPM Country Tracks charts, It reach number # 3. It was the fourteenth number one in George’s career.
The song would be included in George’s eighteenth studio album, If You Ain’t Lovin ‘You Ain’t Livin’ (MCA 1988), the album was released on February 25, 1988, and on April 23, 1988, it reached # 1 on the charts of the US Top Country Albums, for two weeks in a row, and a total of 69 weeks remained on the charts. The album was certified platinum in the USA and gold in Canada.
About the song:
George’s daughter, Jennifer, died in a car accident at the age of 13, was involved in a car accident, in San Marcos, Texas, was ejected from the vehicle and did not survive. It is rumored that this song is dedicated to her.
“Baby Blue” was one of those songs, and her beautiful blue-eyed daughter should be looking down, proud as she can be. Only the choir will hit you right where it hurts, and it has surely made many adults cry:
And the light blue was the color of her eyes / Light blue like the skies of Colorado / Like a breath of spring, she came and went, and I still don’t know why, so here it is for you and whoever holds my blue light blue tonight …
In addition to creating beautiful music to share with the world about his daughter, the singer chose to create a charity on his behalf here in San Antonio. The Jenifer Lynn Strait Foundation still makes charitable donations to children in need to this day.
Beautiful tribute to his daughter.
VGeorge Strait – Baby Blue Lyrics
She looked so much like a lady, but she was so much like a child.
A devil when she held me close, an angel when she smiled.
She always held it deep inside, but somehow I always knew
She’s go away when the grass turned green and the sky turned baby blue.
And baby blue was the color of her eyes.
Baby blue like the Colorado skies.
Like a breath of spring, she came and left,
And I still don’t know why,
So here’s to you and whoever holds my baby blue tonight.
She brought colors to my life that my eyes had never touched.
And when she taught me how to care, I never cared so much.
I try not to think of her, but I fall asleep and do,
And drift off where the grass is green and the sky is baby blue.