Throwback Thursday WIth Joe Diffie’s “Ships that Don’t Come In”

Country music has had some amazing lyrics over the years. I’m in awe of the songwriters who are able to come up with the funny, sad, romantic and the wide range of emotions that the songs cover. This week’s Throwback is a perfect example of why country music matters so much to me. It has some of the most meaningful lyrics about life and perspective. “We bitch about a dollar when there’s those without a dime,” and “I guess we can’t complain, God made life a gamble and we’re still in the game” remind me of how lucky I am every time I hear them.

Joe Diffie released “Ships that Don’t Come In” in April of 1992. It was the second single off of his second album, “Regular Joe.” The song was written by Paul Nelson and Dave Gibson. It reached number 5 on the Billboard chart.    

Like so many of the great country artists of the 90’s, Joe Diffie hasn’t had much radio play lately. Jason Aldean’s recent single “1994” mentioned several of Joe Diffie’s 12 number 1 songs, so at least his name was out there. I’ve got several of his songs in regular rotation on my mp3 player and it’s always nice to be thrown back to the 90’s with his unmistakable voice. He continues to write, record and tour. He’s doing some dates with Lorrie Morgan and Mark Chesnutt on the Country Unplugged tour now. Seeing him perform “Ships that Don’t Come In” live is a real thrill, especially when he holds that last note! He had a recent single titled “Girl Ridin’ Shotgun” that had a video featuring cameos of Blake Shelton, Brad Paisley, Toby Keith, Tim McGraw and others. It has over 7 million views on YouTube. Find out more tour dates and info at

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