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Trace Adkins' new single, "You're Gonna Miss This," has hit the top 10 on iTunes, largely due to this. I watched him perform the song on the live Apprentice finale, and was immediately prepared to deeply hate it, because the opening lyrics concern a person looking out the window of an SUV.  You cannot begin any song with a person inside an SUV and expect "Bohemian Rhapsody" status.  But the lyrics to follow were lovely and profound and sweet, and, most importantly, free of any and all badonkadonk.

Then he sang this:

Five years later there's a plumber
Working on the water heater
Dogs barking, phones ringing
One kids crying, one kids screaming
She keeps apologizing
He says, "They don't bother me.
I've got two babies of my own.
One's 36, one's 23.

I now have no idea whether I like the song or not, because I spent the rest of the evening trying to puzzle out the deal with the plumber. First it took me like half an hour to do the mental math between the first kid and the second: Thirteen years. Then came the issue of this... this gap. Was Baby #2 a Happy Surprise? An adoption? Was there a second marriage? How did the older kid feel about all this? It's a really long time to go between breast pumps, is all I'm saying. I want a song about the plumber.

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Ok, I'm going with 36 as the 2nd wife, and 23 as the kid by the first wife.
I will admit I am guilty of song over-analysis myself. Songs that don't make sense bug me. Also, I HAVE to know all the words to a song and you MUST sing them the right way. My family refers to me as Rogers and Hammerstein. :)
Hope you had a good weekend!

April 13, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKris

My sis is 10 years younger than me - same parents, though people always wonder. You just never know. But, it is just a song....

April 13, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnother Southerner

I've told you I'm a huge Trace fan and I was puzzled the same way - but he does have multiple marriages under his belt, so I let it go . . .

April 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCarrie Schmidt

Okay, thank you soooo much for the comment about the breast pumps and the huge laugh. You've made my Monday morning better already! :)

April 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSara N

Haven't heard the song, but my mom is the youngest of four, with siblings who are something like 15, 11, and 10 years older than she is. Definitely a "surprise" baby, who came along when my grandmother was 40.

April 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCarrie

THANK YOU! I had the exact same thought process, and anytime I say something to someone about it, they act as if it's not at all out of the ordinary...love the song otherwise, though.

April 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAshley
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