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Music / Turnpike Troubadours

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A Red Dirt country band from Tahlequah, Oklahoma, active since 2005 (but on hiatus as of 2019). Known for their talented instrumental work and knack for storytelling.


  • Bossier City
  • Diamonds and Gasoline
  • Goodbye Normal Street
  • Turnpike Troubadours
  • A Long Way From Your Heart

The Turnpike Tropadours:

  • Black Sheep: "The Funeral" is this trope in distilled form.
  • Civil Rights Movement: "1968" makes several references to it, including the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.
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  • Heel Realization: "7 & 7."
    Well I had no clue
    I'd be the boy who
    Your mama warned you about
  • Hurricane of Aphorisms: "Down Here," although it changes around the wording of several sayings in order to make them rhyme.
  • In Medias Res: "The Bird Hunters" starts with a very impressionistic verse about hunting quail in the backwoods, before transitioning to what's really on the narrator's mind.
  • Job Song: "Long Hot Summer Day," about running barges on the Illinois River.
  • Manic Pixie Dream Girl: "Every Girl" borders on this trope.
  • Old Dog: Jim, in "The Bird Hunters."
    Dan says "Look at old Jim! A dozen Decembers
    "Behind him, no worse for the wear
    "And your time spent in Tulsa did not help your shooting
    "And look at the grey in your hair"
  • The One That Got Away: Several times, notably in "7 & 7."
    That old scene is always coming to me
    I see you standing with your husband and your child
    And you're a picture of strength and grace and beauty
    And me I'm just a fool in a supermarket aisle
    Well I know "hello" would surely end up awkward
    I never had a knack for talking anyway
    You're not the kind for bending over backwards
    So I smiled and turned my shopping cart around and walked away
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  • Spiritual Successor: "Every Girl," to "She's Every Woman" by Garth Brooks.
  • Stranger in a Familiar Land: "The Bird Hunters."
  • Title Drop: "The Housefire" has one for the album ''A Long Way from Your Heart."
    We snuck away two nights ago, rode around the logging roads
    We'd been stuck in a motor home about to fall apart
    We finally made a go, got dealt a heavy blow
    She said, I bet you make it, it's a long way from your heart
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Dan and the narrator in "The Bird Hunters." "Every Girl" also shows up on the quotes page.