Among all of Randy Travis‘ songs, “Three Wooden Crosses” became his biggest hit. It was the first Christian song to reach number one on the country chart. In addition, this was Travis’ highest charting song on the Hot 100 chart. The song won the 2003 CMA Song of the Year. It also took the Dove Award for Country Song of the Year.
The Making of “Three Wooden Crosses”
This wonderful and heartfelt single was penned by Kim Williams and Doug Johnson. The songwriting process began one night when Johnson thought of the four characters. He knew that they all fit together. He was able to come up with the first verse of the song and the melody. However, he wasn’t sure what’s going to happen to the song. When he met up with Williams, they began to come up with ideas. They ended up thinking that when we leave this world, it’s not what we are able to bring with us that counts. What matters is what we left behind.
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
Randy Travis Would be Proud of Their Versions
“Three Wooden Crosses” has been one of Travis’ greatest masterpiece. He lent his wonderful voice to this song that has inspired a lot of singers. Some of the artists who recorded the song as a tribute to Travis were Kane Brown and Josh Turner. Their renditions would surely make Travis proud.
Two American Soldiers Singing “Three Wooden Crosses”
It’s not only Brown’s and Turner’s version that we can all listen to. There’s also another cover of this song. Two American soldiers posted a video of them singing “Three Wooden Crosses” in 2013. They were singing together, as Travis’ song is playing on the background. They seem to be enjoying every moment of it. Their version may not be as polished as a studio version, but their vocals are good enough.
Check out Walker and Whitley’s cover of “Three Wooden Crosses.”