People must leave a few things behind that have been with them for a long time only to start afresh. Kathy Mattea’s 1988 chart-topper “Eighteen Wheels and a Dozen Roses” has found its way to the hearts of Gen Z for the right reasons. It is an ode to the hardworking truck drivers, who play an essential role in maintaining the country’s infrastructure.
The song “Eighteen Wheels and a Dozen Roses” was initially released with the album Untasted Honey and written by Gene Nelson and Paul Nelson. The inspiration for the song is the songwriter’s uncle and aunt.
The songwriter’s uncle, being a truck driver, had spent his entire life on the roads & his wife waited for him until his retirement to travel with him. “Eighteen Wheels and a Dozen Roses” is one of the most sentimental songs sung by Kathy.
The song is an ode to the truck driver’s life. The story starts with the singer, Kathy Mattea & her group sitting at a diner and having dinner when a senior truck driver (Charlie) comes to her. He asks her for an autograph as his wife (Nana) is her huge fan.
The man tells her that this is his last trip before retirement & that he will be going home to his wife. The song describes the truck driver’s anticipation and excitement as he returns home.
The heartfelt lyrics and the catchy melody make the song “Eighteen Wheels and a Dozen Roses” a timeless masterpiece. The music video has clips of the truck driver and his wife walking back towards their home at the end of the song, capturing the importance of family in one’s life.
Kathy’s music is known for its meaningful lyrics and emotional feel. The song “Eighteen Wheels and a Dozen Roses” is no different. The song celebrates the life of a truck driver who spends long hours away from their family.