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Papa drove a truck nearly all his life
You know it drove mama crazy being a trucker's wife
The part she couldn't handle was the being alone
I guess she needed more to hold than just a telephone
Papa called Mama each and every night
Just to ask her how she was and if his kids were alright
Mama would wait for that call to come in
When Daddy'd hang up she was gone again

Mama was a looker
Lord, how she shined
Papa was a good'n
But the jealous kind
Papa loved Mama
Mama loved men
Mama's in the graveyard
Papa's in the pen

Well, it was bound to happen on the night it did
Papa came home and it was just us kids
He had a dozen roses and a bottle of wine
If he was lookin' to surprise us, he was doin' fine
I heard him cry for Mama up and own the hall
Then I heard a bottle break against the bedroom wall
That old diesel engine made an eerie sound
When Papa fired it up and headed into town
Well, the picture in the paper showed the scene real well
Papa's rig was buried in the local motel
The desk clerk said he saw it all real clear
He never hit the brakes and he was shifting gears

Mama was a looker
Lord, how she shined
Papa was a good'n
But the jealous kind
Papa loved Mama
Mama loved men
Mama's in the graveyard
Papa's in the pen



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  • ChrisFishA-CrossRiff
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    ChrisFishA-CrossRiffAug 19, 2008 at 3:08 pm
    A trucker's son reflects on a tragic incident he experienced as a child. His father worked as truck driver and his time away drove his mother to commit adultery. Though his father would call constantly, the lyrics indicate she needed more to hold than just a telephone. One night, the father came home unexpectedly with roses and wine. He went upstairs for the mother (who was not home), but the children soon heard a bottle break against the wall. That night, the father drove his truck directly into the local motel room where his wife was with another man. The incident was covered in the paper the next day. The mother was killed and the father went to prison. Ironically, the song is sung in a bright tone despite the subject matter.
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    jay252011Jun 19, 2010 at 6:02 pm
    A trucker is married to a woman who can't keep her legs together. One night, he decides to surprise his unfaithful wife with some roses, wine, and a VERY special night (you get what I'm sayin'? *wink* *wink*). Sadly, she's getting busy with another man at a local motel. Her poor husband snaps, smashes the bottle against the wall, and drives to the motel...or rather, through it. The cheating hussy and her bed-buddy are killed by the truck and the husband gets a life sentence.
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    countryobsessedNov 10, 2009 at 4:16 pm
    Yeah pretty much what the previous guy said. The song was played out though. If you love someone else, divorce the one to be with the other. DON"T GO BEHIND THEIR BACK!!

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