Two of a Kind, Workin' on a Full House

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"Two of a Kind, Workin' on a Full House"
Single by Garth Brooks
from the album No Fences
B-side "Unanswered Prayers"
Released January 1991
Format CD single, 7" single
Recorded 1990
Genre Country
Length 2:31
Label Capitol 44701
Writer(s) Dennis Robbins, Bobby Boyd, Warren Dale Haynes
Producer(s) Allen Reynolds
Garth Brooks singles chronology
"Unanswered Prayers"
(1990)
"Two of a Kind, Workin' on a Full House"
(1991)
"The Thunder Rolls"
(1991)

"Two of a Kind, Workin' on a Full House" is the title of a country music song co-written by Dennis Robbins, Bobby Boyd, and Warren Dale Haynes. It was originally Robbins himself recorded in 1987 for MCA Records and charted at number 71 with it on the Billboard country charts. The B-side to Robbins' version was "The Church on Cumberland Road," which was later a number one hit in 1989 for Shenandoah.[1]

The song was later recorde by Garth Brooks for his album No Fences in 1991. His rendition was released as the album's the third single and his fifth consecutive number one hit.

Content[edit]

The song is a moderate up-tempo with a fiddle intro. Its lyrics describe the relationship between the narrator and his wife, whom he considers a perfect complement. The title is a double entendre, implying that they plan to have children.

In his book Redneck Liberation: Country Music as Theology, author David Fillingim cited "Two of a Kind, Workin' on a Full House" as an "upbeat honky-tonk romp" that showed his "more traditional country music styles".[2]

Background and Production[edit]

Garth Brooks Version[edit]

Garth provided the following background information on the song in the CD booklet liner notes from The Hits:

This song came to me through Jon Northrup. He was doing a demo deal, and "Two of a Kind" was one of the four songs he was pitching for a demo. When I heard it, I said, "I wish you all the luck on your deal, but if for some reason it falls through, I'd love to have this." He called me three months later and told me I could have it if I wanted it. I immediately cut it. And to this day, even though it's a small, light-hearted song, it's one of the strongest parts of our live show. People just seem to connect with this song. This is a big point to writers and artists out there, especially myself, that sometimes intense gets the point across, but don't forget to show 'em your sense of humor.[3]

Chart positions[edit]

Dennis Robbins Version[edit]

Chart (1987) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles 71

Garth Brooks Version[edit]

Chart (1991) Peak
position
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[4] 1
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[5] 1

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1991) Position
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[6] 19
US Country Songs (Billboard)[7] 15
Preceded by
"Loving Blind" by Clint Black
Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks number-one single
April 6, 1991
Succeeded by
"Down Home" by Alabama
RPM Country Tracks number-one single
April 13, 1991
Succeeded by
"Heroes and Friends" by Randy Travis

References[edit]

  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. p. 354. ISBN 0-89820-177-2. 
  2. ^ Fillingim, David (2003). Redneck Liberation. Mercer University Press. p. 80. ISBN 0-86554-896-X. 
  3. ^ Garth Brooks - The Hits: transcription from the CD booklet (bar code 7-2438-29689-2-4)
  4. ^ "Top RPM Country Tracks: Issue 1490." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. April 13, 1991. Retrieved August 16, 2013.
  5. ^ "Garth Brooks – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Garth Brooks.
  6. ^ "RPM Top 100 Country Tracks of 1991". RPM. December 21, 1991. Retrieved August 16, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Best of 1991: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 1991. Retrieved August 16, 2013.