June 27, 2008
There are love songs that can only be sung by older adults who have experienced a lot more of life than young singers. When the concept of “till death do us part” becomes an approaching reality rather than a distant one, the sentiment of “Dig Two Graves” makes perfect sense. Here, Travis is refusing to imagine a life without his wife by his side, and expresses that he won’t last long if God calls her first. They might as well just dig two graves and carve one stone, because he won’t be able to live without her gone.
He can’t imagine God could be so cruel as to take his wife and leave him behind, forced to live without her. When two people really have become one through marriage and a long life together, they no longer have separate identities. Losing your spouse is losing yourself in that sense. This song is one of the purest expressions of that reality I’ve ever heard, and it’s done without an ounce of cloying sentiment. Just plain truth, like country music should be.
Written by Ashley Gorley & Robert Regan
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