The Red Strokes

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"The Red Strokes"
Single by Garth Brooks
from the album In Pieces
B-side"Burning Bridges"
ReleasedNovember 1994
FormatCD Single
cassingle
7" 45 RPM
GenreCountry rock
Length3:44 (album version)
LabelLiberty
Writer(s)James Garver, Lisa Sanderson, Jenny Yates, Garth Brooks
ProducerAllen Reynolds
Garth Brooks singles chronology
"Callin' Baton Rouge"
(1994)
"The Red Strokes"
(1994)
"She's Every Woman"
(1995)
Part 2 Cover
 
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"The Red Strokes"
Single by Garth Brooks
from the album In Pieces
B-side"Burning Bridges"
ReleasedNovember 1994
FormatCD Single
cassingle
7" 45 RPM
GenreCountry rock
Length3:44 (album version)
LabelLiberty
Writer(s)James Garver, Lisa Sanderson, Jenny Yates, Garth Brooks
ProducerAllen Reynolds
Garth Brooks singles chronology
"Callin' Baton Rouge"
(1994)
"The Red Strokes"
(1994)
"She's Every Woman"
(1995)
Part 2 Cover

"The Red Strokes" is a single by country music artist Garth Brooks from his album, In Pieces. While only charting on the country charts in the U.S. (#49) and Canada (#38) as an album cut, it became one of his most popular songs in the United Kingdom, peaking at #13. This song has not been featured on any of Garth's greatest hits albums in the United States. The video, however, was included in The Entertainer DVD box set.

Contents

Content

"The Red Strokes" is a mid-tempo love ballad played predominantly on the piano and electric guitar. The narrator describes a romantic evening and compares it to a work of art, using multiple color metaphors to describe the two lovers' passions; for example saying that the blues are blue, and jealousy is green and most of all, that passion is red.

Music video

The video opens with an all white room. As the music begins to play, Garth is shown rising out of the floor from a red puddle like it was water in an all white suit and barefoot sitting at a white piano. As the music builds up, different colors of paint are splashed across him and the piano. During the guitar solo, another Garth is standing over the first garth on the piano wearing the black and red outfit from the cover of In Pieces. The video ends with him sinking back into the floor.

Release Notes

In the United Kingdom, "The Red Strokes" was released as a two part single. Both parts containing the song as well as other songs from previous albums. Part two was released one week after part 1 and contained an interview with Brooks.

Track listing

7" Jukebox single Liberty S7-18554, 1993

  1. "The Red Strokes" - 3:43
  2. "Burning Bridges"

UK CD single Capitol PM515, 1993
Part 1

  1. "The Red Strokes"
  2. "Ain't Goin' Down (Til the Sun Comes Up)"
  3. "The Dance"
  4. "That Summer"

Part 2

  1. "The Red Strokes"
  2. "Friend in Low Places"
  3. "Every Now and Then"
  4. Interview

UK Cassette single Liberty TC-CL 704, 1993
Sides 1 & 2

  1. "The Red Strokes"
  2. "Ain't Goin' Down (Til the Sun Comes Up)"

Dutch CD single Liberty 7243 8 81127 2 7, 1993

  1. "The Red Strokes" - 3:44
  2. "Ain't Goin' Down (Til the Sun Comes Up)" - 4:31
  3. "The Dance" - 3:41
  4. "That Summer" - 4:47

Chart positions

Chart (1994)Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs49
Canadian R.P.M. Country Tracks38
U.K. Singles Chart13

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