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Garth Brooks: The Thunder Rolls Meaning

Song Released: 1991


Covered By: All That Remains (2017)


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The Thunder Rolls Lyrics

Three thirty in the mornin'
Not a soul in sight
The city's lookin' like a ghost town
On a moonless summer night
Raindrops on the windshield
There's a storm moving in
He's headin' back from somewhere
That he never should have been

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    #1 top rated interpretation:
    anonymous
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    Dec 19th 2009 report

    Whenever I hear this very deep and philosophical song, I think of the video -- a man (played very brilliantly by Garth Brooks) comes back home (probably from having an affair, hence the lines "he's heading back from somewhere that he never should've been" and "on the wind and rain a strange new perfume blows"), and his wife confronts him about having cheated on her. They fight, and the wife gets a pistol and shoots her husband dead (the long version, which Garth plays live, has a fourth verse). The fourth verse is as follows:

    She runs back down the hallway
    and through the bedroom door.
    She reaches for the pistol
    kept in the dresser drawer.

    Tells the lady in the mirror, 'he won't do this again'
    'Cause tonight will be the last time
    She'll wonder where he's been

    In the background of the song, there's the sound of thunder, lightning, and, at the end, rain falling.

    I think this song is beautiful, and very well-written. I like it a lot!

  2. anonymous
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    Mar 11th 2020 report

    A wife catches her cheating husband when he comes home late.

  3. anonymous
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    Jul 22nd 2011 report

    This song is about a man who is cheating on his wife, and she suspects, but doesn't know for sure until this night.
    Even though it's raining, in the song, the thunder and the lightening represent the humiliation and rage building inside her. "Deep in her heart, the thunder rolls."


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