Song Lyric Sunday: “18 Wheels and a Dozen Roses”

Jim’s prompt this week is “bus/truck/lorry,” which gives me an opportunity to play one of my favorite country songs, sung by one of my favorite country singers, Kathy Mattea. Like a lot of great country songs, this one tells a story, the story of a trucker named Charlie who’s on his last run before retirement. It was written by Paul Nelson and Gene Nelson, and appeared on Kathy’s 1987 album Untasted Honey. It reached #1 on the US and Canadian Country charts in 1988.

The lyrics are from Metrolyrics.com:

Charlie’s got a gold watch
Don’t seem like a whole lot
After thirty years of drivin’
Up and down the interstate
But Charlie’s had a good life
And Charlie’s got a good wife
And after tonight she’ll no longer
Be countin’ the days

Eighteen wheels and a dozen roses
Ten more miles on his four day run
A few more songs from the all night radio
And he’ll spend the rest of his life
With the one that he loves

They’ll buy a Winnebago
Set out to find America
Do a lotta catchin’ up
A little at a time
With pieces of the old dream
They’re gonna light the old flame
Doin’ what they please
Leavin every other reason behind

Eighteen wheels and a dozen roses
Ten more miles on his four day run
A few more songs from the all night radio
And he’ll spend the rest of his life
With the one that he loves

Eighteen wheels and a dozen roses
Ten more miles on his four day run
A few more songs from the all night radio
And he’ll spend the rest of his life
With the one that he loves

And that’s Song Lyric Sunday for October 6, 2019.

17 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday: “18 Wheels and a Dozen Roses”

  1. She’s got a good voice. I like the tribute to truckers who are in it for the long haul, no pun intended. We’d be hurtin without the truckers. Not an easy job I would imagine.

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