The Thunder Rolls
By Darren Bailey LRPS
“The Thunder Rolls” is a song co-written and recorded by American country music artist Garth Brooks. It was released in April 1991 as the fourth and final single from his album No Fences.
The first verse shows a man driving home in torrential rain, from “somewhere that he never should have been.” His wife is waiting at home for his return, “praying it’s the weather that’s kept him out all night.”
When the man does return (in the second verse), the woman rushes out to meet him only to smell a perfume on his person, implying that he was with another woman. At this point in time, the lyrics “the thunder rolls” no longer refers to literal lightning and thunder surrounding the pair, but the anger in her heart has reached a boiling point- which is shown in the third verse.
The original recorded version does not include the song’s original third verse, most likely due to its graphic nature (the verse hints that the woman plans to kill the man for his infidelity). However, the third verse was included on Garth’s live album Double Live due to his manager’s urging and Brooks does include the third verse when performing the song live.
The verse goes as follows:
She runs back down the hallway and through the bedroom door
She reaches for the pistol kept in the dresser drawer
Tells the lady in the mirror ‘he won’t do this again’
‘Cause tonight will be the last time, she’ll wonder where he’s been