Randy Travis performs “Diggin’ Up Bones” Live on Hee Haw 1986.

It reached number # 1 on the lists of US Hot Country Songs, and remained 20 weeks in list. In the Canadian RPM Country Tracks lists, he also reached # 1. He was the second number one in Randy's career.

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Diggin’ Up Bones:

Lp cover Randy Travis ( Warner Bros 1986 )
Lp cover Randy Travis ( Warner Bros 1986 )

Song written by Paul Overstreet, Al Gore, and Nat Stuckey, was recorded by Randy Travis, for the Warner label, recorded in March 1986, at Emerald Sound Studio, 1033 16th Ave. South, Nashville, TN / Sound Stage Studio, 10 Music Circle South, Nashville, TN, with the production of Kyle Lehning, was released on June 6, 1986. On November 8, 1986, it reached number # 1 on the lists of US Hot Country Songs, and remained 20 weeks in list. In the Canadian RPM Country Tracks lists, he also reached # 1 on November 22, 1986. He was the second number one in Randy’s career.

The song would be part of the success of Randy’s debut album, Storms of Life (Warner Bros 1986), the album was released on June 6, 1986, and reached # 1 on the charts of US Billboard Top Country Albums. Certified 3 × Multi-Platinum in USA, selling more than three million copies.

Curiously, the song was recorded first by another of the great singers of country music, Mel Tillis, who recorded it in February 1985, and would be included on the album, California Road (RCA Victor 1985).



Lp cover Mel Tillis ( RCA Victor 1985 )
Lp cover Mel Tillis ( RCA Victor 1985 )

 

Versions:

Mel Tillis 1985 (RCA Victor)
Randy Travis & John Anderson 2011 (Warner)
Paul Overstreet 2015 (Lucky Pony Records





Randy Travis – Diggin’ Up Bones Lyrics

[Verse 1:]
Last night I dug your picture out from my old dresser drawer
I set it on the table and I talked to it ’til four
I read some old love letters right up ’til the break of dawn
Yeah I’ve been sittin’ alone diggin’ up bones

[Verse 2:]
Then I went through the jewelry and I found our wedding rings
I put mine on my finger and I gave yours a fling
Across this lonely bedroom of our recent broken home
Yeah tonight I’m sitting alone diggin’ up bones

[Chorus:]
I’m diggin’ up bones, I’m diggin’ up bones
Exhuming things that’s better left alone
I’m resurrecting memories of a love that’s dead and gone
Yeah tonight I’m sittin’ alone diggin’ up bones

[Verse 3:]
And I went through the closet and I found some things in there
Like that pretty negligee that I bought you to wear
And I recall how good you looked each time you had it on
Yeah tonight I’m sittin’ alone diggin’ up bones

[Chorus]

I’m resurrecting memories of a love that’s dead and gone
Yeah tonight I’m sittin’ alone diggin’ up bones

[Chorus ’til end]

Single Randy Travis ( Warner Bros 1986 )
Single Randy Travis ( Warner Bros 1986 )

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