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Randy Travis: Three Wooden Crosses Meaning

Song Released: 2002

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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.


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    Jan 14th, 1:08am report

    I thought the hooker was dying when the preacher gifted her the bible and said "Can't you see the promised land?", but the plot twist is that the narrator is not the preacher (who died shortly after the collision), but the hooker's son, who was raised with the Word of God. This implies that the hooker didn't waste her life after it was was spared that day three souls departed Earth. The death of one preacher lead to the birth of another preacher.


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    Nov 26th, 11:16pm report

    the hooker was going to Mexico to have an abortion, but never made it, then the son became singing preacher.


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    Nov 16th, 11:23am report

    The bus is involved in a fatal accident due to the bus driver not seeing a stop sign only to be hit by an 18-wheeler which kills three of the four passengers; the lyrics ask why there are only three crosses and not four. (There is no mention of what happened to the drivers of either vehicle). The farmer, the teacher, and the preacher died in the tragic accident.
    The hooker survived, then had a son who became a preacher himself. The preacher singing/telling the story is the hooker's son.


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    Aug 29th, 2016 8:54pm report

    The man that's reading or singing the verse is the son of the Hooker. She took the bible from the preacher and lent it to the preacher in the church to read. Cause he gave it back to her after he read it.


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    Oct 14th, 2015 10:48am report

    "A farmer and a teacher, a hooker and a preacher" are all travelling on a bus for different reasons. The driver didn't see a stop sign, and the bus was hit by a semi. There are three wooden crosses (the farmer, teacher, and bus driver) on the side of the highway, and the singer asks "Why there's not four of them, heaven only knows." It is then said that the farmer and teacher both left a large life behind, and the preacher says "Can't you even see the Promised Land?" and gives a blood-stained bible to the hooker. The hooker turns out to be the singers preachers mother "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, and the Preacher, who gave this Bible to my Mama, who read it to me.'" Then the singer says "Why there's not four of them [crosses] now I guess we know."

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