This song was written by Kim Williams and Doug Johnson, and was recorded by Randy Travis… included on his album, Rise and Shine.
Kim Edwin Williams (June 28, 1947 – February 11, 2016) was an American songwriter who wrote hits for Randy Travis, Joe Diffie, Reba McEntire, Garth Brooks and many others. Williams was named ASCAP’s Country Songwriter of the Year in 1994, won the Country Music Association’s Song of the Year award (for “Three Wooden Crosses”) in 2003, and was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2012.
Doug Johnson is an American record producer and songwriter. He has written over 40 songs, including “Three Wooden Crosses”, which won the Academy of Country Music and Country Music Association Song of the Year award.
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 tale of 3 people who die in a tragic accident… and asks the question: Why were they the only 3 who died? The surprise ending is a good twist…
Bible Reference… Job 9:12; Psalm 115:3; 135:6; Proverbs 16:9; Acts 18:21; James 4:15
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,
and two of them were searchin’ for lost souls.
That driver never ever saw the stop sign, and 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 and love for growin’ things in his young son’s heart.
And that teacher left her wisdom in the minds of lots of children;
did her best to give ’em all a better start.
And that preacher whispered, “Can’t you see the Promised Land?”
as he laid his blood-stained Bible in that hooker’s hand. (CHORUS)
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.”
There are three wooden crosses on the right side of the highway…