“Papa Loved Mama” is a song co-written and recorded by American country music artist Garth Brooks. It was released in February 1992 as the fourth single from his album Ropin’ the Wind and also appears on The Hits, The Limited Series, Double Live, and The Ultimate Hits. It reached number 3 on the Billboard Country Charts. The song was written by Brooks and Kim Williams.
A trucker’s son reflects on a tragic incident he experienced as a child. His father worked as a truck driver and his time away drove his mother to commit adultery. Though his father would call constantly, the lyrics indicate “she needed more to hold than just a telephone.” One night, the father came home unexpectedly with roses and wine. He went upstairs for the mother (who was not home), but the children soon heard a bottle break against the wall. That night, the father drove his truck directly into the local motel room where his wife was with another man. The incident was covered in the paper the next day. The mother was killed and the father went to prison.
From the album Ropin’ the Wind
B-side “New Way to Fly”
Released February 3, 1992
Label Liberty 57734
Songwriter(s) Kim Williams Garth Brooks
Producer(s) Allen Reynolds