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Two of a Kind, Workin' on a Full House

"Two of a Kind, Workin' on a Full House"
Single by Garth Brooks
from the album No Fences
B-side "Unanswered Prayers"
Released January 1991
Format CD single, 7" single
Recorded 1990
Genre Country
Length 2:33
Label Capitol 44701
Writer(s) Dennis Robbins, Bobby Boyd, Warren Dale Haynes
Producer Allen Reynolds
Garth Brooks singles chronology

"Unanswered Prayers"
(1990)
"Two of a Kind, Workin' on a Full House"
(1991)
"The Thunder Rolls"
(1991)

"Two of a Kind, Workin' on a Full House" is the title of a country music song co-written by Dennis Robbins, Bobby Boyd, and Warren Dale Haynes. Robbins himself originally recorded the song for MCA Records and charted at number 71 with it on the Billboard country charts in 1987. The B-side to Robbins' version was "The Church on Cumberland Road," later a number one hit in 1989 for Shenandoah.[1]

"Two of a Kind" was later covered in 1991 by Garth Brooks for his second album, No Fences. Brooks's rendition was the third single, and third consecutive number one hit, from this album.

Content

The song is a moderate up-tempo with a fiddle intro. Its lyrics describe the relationship between the narrator and his wife, whom he considers a perfect complement. The title is a double entendre, implying that they plan to have children.

In his book Redneck Liberation: Country Music as Theology, author David Fillingim cited "Two of a Kind, Workin' on a Full House" as an "upbeat honky-tonk romp" that showed his "more traditional country music styles".[2]

Background and Production

Garth Brooks Version

Garth provided the following background information on the song in the CD booklet liner notes from The Hits:

This song came to me through Jon Northrup. He was doing a demo deal, and "Two of a Kind" was one of the four songs he was pitching for a demo. When I heard it, I said, "I wish you all the luck on your deal, but if for some reason it falls through, I'd love to have this. He called me three months later and told me I could have it if I wanted it. I immediately cut it. And to this day, even though it's a small, light-hearted song, it's one of the strongest parts of our live show. People just seem to connect with this song. This is a big point to writers and artists out there, especially myself, that sometimes intense gets the point across, but don't forget to show 'em your sense of humor.[3]

Chart positions

Dennis Robbins Version

Chart (1987) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles 71

Garth Brooks Version

Chart (1991) Peak
position
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[4] 1
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[5] 1

Year-end charts

Chart (1991) Position
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[6] 19
US Country Songs (Billboard)[7] 15
Preceded by
"Loving Blind" by Clint Black
Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks number-one single
April 6, 1991
Succeeded by
"Down Home" by Alabama
RPM Country Tracks number-one single
April 13, 1991
Succeeded by
"Heroes and Friends" by Randy Travis

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