George Jones “Who’s Gonna Fill Their Shoes” Music Video & Lyrics

George Jones “Who’s Gonna Fill Their Shoes” Music Video & Lyrics

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Country legend George Jones honors musical icons in this classic song. Enjoy the original 1980s music video accompanied by the full lyrics.

Iconic country singer George Jones released “Who’s Gonna Fill Their Shoes” in 1985 as a tribute to the legendary artists of his time.

The song tells of the importance of singers such as Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, and Merle Haggard. “Who’s Gonna Fill Their Shoes” questions who will replace these artists in the years to come— and become legends for future generations.

With music videos being a recently new concept at the time, Jones filmed his first-ever music video for this song. The video went on to win Music Video of the Year at the CMA Awards in 1986.

Enjoy the original music video for “Who’s Gonna Fill Their Shoes” below!

“Who’s Gonna Fill Their Shoes” Lyrics

You know this old world is full of singers
But just a few are chosen
To tear your heart out when they sing

Imagine life without them
All your radio heroes
Like the Outlaw that walks through Jessi’s dream.

No, there will never be another
Red-headed stranger
A Man in Black and Folsom Prison Blues
The Okie from Muskogee
Or Hello, Darling
Lord, I wonder who’s gonna fill their shoes?

Who’s gonna fill their shoes?
Who’s gonna stand that tall?
Who’s gonna play the Opry
And the Wabash Cannonball?
Who’s gonna give their heart and soul
To get to me and you?
Lord, I wonder who’s gonna fill their shoes?

God bless the boys from Memphis
Blue Suede Shoes and Elvis
Much too soon left this world in tears

They tore up the Fifties
Old Jerry Lee and Charlie
And “Go, Cat, Go!” still echoes through the years.

You know the heart of country music
Still beats in Luke the Drifter
You can tell it when he sang I Saw the Light
Old Marty, Hank, and Lefty
Why, I can feel them right here with me
On this Silver Eagle rolling through the night.

Who’s gonna fill their shoes?
Who’s gonna stand that tall?
Who’s gonna play the Opry
And the Wabash Cannonbal?l
Who’s gonna give their heart and soul
To get to me and you?
Lord, I wonder who’s gonna fill their shoes?

Yes, I wonder, who’s gonna fill their shoes?…

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