Roy Clark sings “Thank God and Greyhound” on Country’s Family Reunion.

On 1970, the song was a top 10 hit on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart that November and reached the lower ends of the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at #90.

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Thank God and Greyhound

Is a song made famous by American country musician Roy Clark. Written by Larry Kingston and John Edward Nix, the song was released in 1970 as the second single to the album I Never Picked Cotton. The song was a top 10 hit on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart that November and reached the lower ends of the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at #90.

I Never Picked Cotton (Cover LP Dot 1970)
I Never Picked Cotton (Cover LP Dot 1970)

“Thank God and Greyhound” is a “twin-tempoed” song in 3/4 time measure. The lyrics are sung in first-person narrative from the point of view of a man lamenting about a woman, with whom he is involved in what has become a toxic relationship.

The tempo in the first half of the song is slow and melancholy (augmented with piano in the style of Floyd Cramer), with the man telling how his woman, the dominant one in their relationship, squandered his small fortune and demoralized him to the point of humiliation. Regardless, he loved her enough to endure her belligerence and quietly hoped that she would change, but then one day, without warning or explanation, the woman bluntly tells him that she is leaving him.

As the man watches her board a Greyhound bus he sings, “…and all I can think of… is…”, at which point the accompaniment briefly stops and then, abruptly and ironically, changes to a bright and fast waltz with the now-jubilant man completing the verse with “…thank God and Greyhound you’re gone!”, expressing his joy and outright relief that the woman is finally out of his life. Lyrical imagery of the bus pulling out of the station is used to underscore the man’s delight over the now-ended relationship, summing up his feelings with the words, “It may sound kinda cruel, but I’ve been silent too long; thank God and Greyhound you’re gone!”

Roy Clark – Thank God and Greyhound Lyrics

I’ve made a small fortune and you squandered it all
You shamed me till I feel about one inch tall
But I thought I loved you and I hoped you would change
So I gritted my teeth and didn’t complain

Now you come to me with a simple goodbye
You tell me you’re leaving but you won’t tell me why
Now we’re here at the station and you’re getting on
And all I can think of is thank God and Greyhound you’re gone

Thank God and Greyhound you’re gone
I didn’t know how much longer I could go on
Watching you take the respect out of me
Watching you make a total wreck out of me
That big diesel motor is a-playing my song
Thank God and Greyhound you’re gone

Thank God and Greyhound you’re gone
I didn’t know how much longer I could go on
Watching you take the respect out of me
Watching you make a total wreck out of me
That big diesel motor is a playing my song
Thank God and Greyhound you’re gone

Oh, thank God and Greyhound you’re gone
That load on my mind got lighter when you got on
That shiny old bus is a beautiful sight
With the black smoke a rolling up around the tail lights
It may sound kinda cruel but I’ve been silent too long
Thank God and Greyhound you’re gone

Thank God and Greyhound you’re gone…

Thank God And Greyhound (Single Dot 1970)
Thank God And Greyhound (Single Dot 1970)