Back when my sister lived in Gowanda, my dad and I used to take the hour-long trips on the weekend to visit. This started around 2003. One of the hits at the time was "Three Wooden Crosses" by Randy Travis. I heard it often.

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Randy Travis hadn't had a top 10 hit since 1999 and not a Billboard number one single since 1994 before "Three Wooden Crosses'" was released in late 2002.

Signed to Curb's Christian label at the time, Word, "Three Wooden Crosses" would become his comeback hit by 2003. It reached number one on the Billboard Airplay chart by May of 2003 and won the Country Music Association "Song of the Year."

Written by Kim Williams and Doug Johnson, the song would be included on Randy's Rise and Shine album and produce one more single ("Pray for the Fish").

"Three Wooden Crosses" is such a great story song. The ending is such a twist and even as a kid it threw me off.

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