This song was written by Mike Curtis and Marlon Raybon, and was recorded by Randy Travis… included on his album, Inspirational Journey.
Michael Curtis has written songs that have reached across genres; songs recorded by Country Music Artists and nominations for Dove Awards from the Gospel Music Association. After writing traditional country songs for years, Michael Curtis focused his writing on themes of faith.
Randy Bruce Traywick (born May 4, 1959), known professionally as Randy Travis, is an American country music and Christian country music singer, songwriter, guitarist, and actor.
Active since 1978, he has recorded 20 studio albums and charted more than 50 singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, including 16 that reached the #1 position. He is known for his distinctive baritone vocals, delivered in a traditional style that has made him a country music star since the 1980s.
By the mid-1990s, Travis saw a decline in his chart success. In 1997, he left Warner Bros. Records for DreamWorks Records and then for Word Records, where he began recording more Christian material. Although the career shift produced only one more number-one country hit “Three Wooden Crosses,” Travis went on to earn several Dove Awards, including Country Album of the Year 5 times. In addition to his singing career, he pursued an acting career, appearing in numerous films and television series.
Travis has sold over 25 million records and has won 6 Grammy Awards, 6 CMA Awards, 9 ACM Awards, 10 AMA Awards, 8 Dove Awards, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 2016, Travis was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
This song tells the story of a rugged carpenter who eventually finds salvation in Jesus… realizing his sins nailed Jesus to the cross.
Bible Reference… John 3:16,17; 20:25; Acts 2:23; Galatians 2:20
Sam was a carpenter fifty years; he pounded out blood, sweat and tears.
One day he hung his hammer up; he wanted to do the things he loved.
What once was Sunday fishin’ now was seven days a week;
he told his wife “To find me, I’ll be down at the creek.”
‘Cause I don’t want to drive another nail;
I’ve worked hard to do my job and I did it well.
I’ve got the scars on these two hands that show I haven’t failed,
but I don’t want to drive another nail.
Now she was a woman full of faith, and old Sam was full of pride,
and she knew that he had one more job to do before he died…
Easter Sunday rolled around in a country church for the lost and found.
Ol’ Sam was there against his will as a preacher spoke on Calvary’s hill…
of how they took the Master and they nailed him to a tree.
You could hear old Sam a cryin’ as he fell down on his knees.
I don’t wanna drive another nail!
I want to live my life for You; I want to do it well.
You’ve got the scars on Your two hands that show where I have failed.
Lord, I don’t want to drive another nail.