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Garth Brooks - The Thunder Rolls - Lyrics Meaning



When Garth Brooks originally wrote this song with Pat Alger he was still a struggling artist and Garth came up with the idea to write a song about a man cheating on his wife and whenever he does the `Thunder Rolls' hence the name of the song. This song was originally supposed to be sung by Tanya Tucker but it did not make her album so Brooks who was now established in the Country music genre asked for the song back and Tucker agreed. The song was featured on Brook's second album "No Fences" which sold more than 18 million copies.

The `Thunder Rolls' tells the story of a man who is cheating on his wife and originally included an extra verse which was only heard at live performances. This extra verse includes a line where the wife goes in and gets a gun to kill her cheating husband; however, in order to make this song available commercially the verse had to be omitted. However, you can find the full version of this song on the album `Double Live.' The song went on to be the sixth number one hit for Brooks on the country music charts. The lyrics tell the story of a cheating and abusive husband and the video portrays domestic violence in a whole new light for the time with the line "Tonight will be the last time, she'll wonder where he's been" meaning that she is going to kill him when he returns.

Meanings of other songs by Garth Brooks:
Two of a Kind, Workin' on a Full House
Unanswered Prayers



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