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I ride east every other Friday but if I had it my way
A day would not be wasted on this drive
And I want so bad to hold you
Son there's things I haven't told you
Your mom and me couldn't get along

So I'll drive
And I'll think about my life
And wonder why, that I'll slowly die inside
Every time I turn that truck around, right at the Georgia line and I count the days and the miles back home to you on that Highway 20 ride

A day might come you'll realize that if you see through my eyes
There was no other way to work it out
And a part of you might hate me
But son please don't mistake me for a man that didn't care at all

And I'll drive
And I'll think about my life
And wonder why, that I'll slowly die inside
Every time I turn that truck around, right at the Georgia line and I count the days and the miles back home to you on that Highway 20 ride

So when you drive
And the years go flying by
I hope you smile
If I ever cross your mind
It was a pleasure of my life
And I cherished every time
And my whole world
It begins and ends with you
On that Highway 20 ride...

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    UnregisteredAug 2, 2012 at 10:22 pm
    Its about the sadness an helpessness a man has to go through when things don't work and had to split trying to start all over again but there is a son and his heart breaks for not having him every day, missing being a father and at the same time feeling that you are letting down your kid, afraid how he is going to judge you when he grows up. Will he understand or hate you for the rest of your life?
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    UnregisteredFeb 26, 2014 at 10:37 pm
    This song really hits me hard! I have two children (Boy 15 & Girl 13) from a previous marriage and a 4 yr old girl with my new wife of 10 yrs! I'm fortunate that the two older ones live about 30 minutes from me. I've always been an every weekend and midweek dad and still am with my 13 yr old girl! Yes, the girl hasn't missed a visit yet! It sucks because my ex has turned the 15 yr old son against me. Joint Parenting is a joke if each parent can't respect the other's title of "Mom" or "Dad"! You can hate the person, but you can't hate your child's other parent. I've had Orders of Protection filed against me in 07, 08, 10&11 only to be dropped every time we went to court! 09 I was almost hit with it too! Five years & a ton of money! In 2011 I had Family Services and Law Enforcement in my house investigating. They ruled that the accusations were unfounded! Just parenting 101. I had to protect myself, my wife (a teacher) and my baby who was two at the time from the craziness! I had to elect for him not to come to my house until we worked through some things. Well, Fathers Day 14 will be three long years since he's laid his head on a pillow at my house. We see each other from time to time and there's no support to foster a relationship between my son and I from his mother! My son and I attended counselling, but even the person we were seeing said I wouldn't get any support from his mother! I hate the situation! It sucks and I do wonder what he thinks now and what he'll think when he gets older! Yes, divorce sucks, that's the easy part and being away from your kids sucks even more! Anyway, love the song and listen to it at least once a day and think about my son! Love you Bud!
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    UnregisteredSep 24, 2013 at 1:06 am
    I actually heard this song for the first time the other day. My ex and I share custody of our daughter, but we live a whole state apart. I heard this song on the four hour ride down there and broke into tears. This song really hit home for me, and every Sunday when I drive down there, whether it be to pick her up or drop her back off, I will play this song and cry. My little girl is eleven months, and I know when she grows up and starts school I will get to see her less and less. And like the song I'm sure I will slowly die inside.
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    XtremeacuraAug 9, 2010 at 11:48 pm
    Wyatt Durette was inspired to write "Highway 20 Ride" while driving along Interstate 20 between Atlanta, Georgia and the Georgia/South Carolina state line in Augusta, Georgia to drop off his son, Wyatt iv, so that his mother could pick him up. Durette told Country Weekly magazine that, during one such trip, he began to think about "how [Wyatt IV] would perceive [him] as a father."After he showed some of his lyrics to Zac Brown, Brown helped Durette finish the song.
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    tping36Apr 6, 2010 at 5:57 am
    This is one of the best songs I have ever heard on the situation it is about. I do this as well every other Friday and feel that the court systems that set these standards just don't care what it does to the kids involved. If there's anything I want more in life it is more time with my sons. They mean the world to me and has been made aware the mother wouldn't care for them to live with me if they could continue to get the support payments.

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