Three Wooden Crosses Lyrics - Randy Travis

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A farmer and a teacher, a hooker and a preacher,
Ridin' on a midnight bus bound for Mexico.
One's headed for vacation, one for higher education,
An' two of them were searchin' for lost souls.
That driver never ever saw the stop sign.
An' eighteen wheelers can't stop on a dime.

There are three wooden crosses on the right side of the highway,
Why there's not four of them, Heaven only knows.
I guess it's not what you take when you leave this world behind you,
It's what you leave behind you when you go.

That farmer left a harvest, a home and eighty acres,
The faith an' love for growin' things in his young son's heart.
An' that teacher left her wisdom in the minds of lots of children:
Did her best to give 'em all a better start.
An' that preacher whispered: "Can't you see the Promised Land?"
As he laid his blood-stained bible in that hooker's hand.

There are three wooden crosses on the right side of the highway,
Why there's not four of them, Heaven only knows.
I guess it's not what you take when you leave this world behind you,
It's what you leave behind you when you go.

That's the story that our preacher told last Sunday.
As he held that blood-stained bible up,
For all of us to see.
He said: "Bless the farmer, and the teacher, an' the preacher;
"Who gave this Bible to my mamma,
"Who read it to me."

There are three wooden crosses on the right side of the highway,
Why there's not four of them, now I guess we know.
It's not what you take when you leave this world behind you,
It's what you leave behind you when you go.





Writer: WILLIAMS, KIM / JOHNSON, DOUG
Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., MIKE CURB MUSIC, Curb Music/Curb Records/Mike Curb Music/Curb Songs



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cool | Reviewer: Spud00 | 2/13/10

I love this song! I live in Texas and if you drive from Victoria to Austin, theres actually 3 white, wooden crosses on the highway. The song always reminds me of those crosses. I don't know if this songs true, but I love it all the same.



what matters | Reviewer: noah | 10/19/09

i love this song all my life ever since my sister song it in church when i was a lil boy now i know after lossing a few friend what matter is what you leave behind you when you do go god bless to all that reads this



Why this song is so awesome . . . | Reviewer: Amy M | 4/10/09

When I heard the song the first time I loved it. But it took me a while to figure out why there wasn't a fourth cross. I thought about what I believed it was, and then I researched it. And low and behold I was right! A very powerful message is in this song. It's one of my favorites. I have the album at home now!!!



Response to mother....hooker? | Reviewer: Autumn | 1/28/09

so is the hooker his mother??As he lay his blood stained Bible
In that hooker's hand....Who gave this Bible to my momma
Who read it to me

Yes. The mother is the hooker. That's why there were only three wooden crosses, the hooker survived. The teacher and farmer died right away, the preacher died slowly and before he died, he gave the bible to the hooker. Who then went on and had a son and read the bible to him. Then her son became a preacher and told the story at church.



What a beautiful song... | Reviewer: Isis | 7/8/08

This is a wonderful song. I had never heard this song before, until a friend of mine sang it for me over the phone. Ever since then, I've been in love with it. This is the most touching song I've ever heard.



WOW!!! | Reviewer: Corinne | 1/27/08

i loved the sound of this song when i was littler and now that i listen to it again i understood it and it is abosolutly amazing!!!!!!this song has a special meaning for me and many others. God bless you randy



Amazing! | Reviewer: Aaron | 1/24/08

This song is a real inspurational song. And to answer all of your questions about the hooker. I do believe that her plan that god had for everyone else had been fulfilled, so there for the hooker hasnt left anything behind yet. So he was waiting for her. And then she read the Bible to her son. That is what she left behind. Awsome song!!!



meaning | Reviewer: Anonymous | 1/6/08

i believe that the farmer is heading for rest the teacher higher knowledge and the preacher was looking for a soul to save while the hooker was looking for "a job". I also think that the chorus along with the preachers gesture are showing that in the end its not what you have but what you give like how the preacher wont have his bible but instead leaves it behind to the hooker who in turn leads her son to be a preacher. another theme i pick up is that through faith you get a second chance...



found one mistake | Reviewer: An analytical mind | 11/21/07

First I would like to say this is a very good song, I'm sure it's a lot deeper then I can dig right know but I'll reach the bottom soon. However I did find one mistake in the lyrics here.

in the line
Why there's not four of them now I guess you know
it should be
Why there's not four of them now I guess we know
other then that great job.

know for my reflection
This is my best shot at understanding what this song means,
I think that the farmer represents strength, the teacher wisdom, the hooker hope, and the preacher faith. The farmer through death left greater strength in his son, the teacher left her wisdom to many children, the preacher passes his faith to the hooker who then passed it to her son who then passed it to many people.
As for where they were headed, the strength was seeking rest, the wisdom seeking greater knowledge, but the other two I'm not sure on. My best guess is that they were looking for someone who no longer exists. So through this I see that maybe this song is about how we should see hope in even the smallest, weakest things. And that everything has a purpose.

At least I think. I'm going to listen through it a few more times. Why not it is a great song.




admirer | Reviewer: fred drover | 11/2/07

Dear randy
this is one of the nices songs i have heard in my 75 years i have been playing guitar since 1948
not professionaly just for myself
next to george your the best
luck and long life
best regards FRED




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