Open Road – Francine Honey

Open Road… A song of adventure, happiness, excitement and freedom. This one screams Road Trip!

Official Music Video Released: Aug. 20, 2018

From the album: to be continued…
Album Release: Oct. 12, 2018

When I worked full-time, my children would often call me and leave me a message because I was always in meetings. I was talking to a trucker at a gas station in Austin Texas and he got a phone call and it was his daughter. She was just getting home from school and video chatted with him. I made a comment that it must be hard being away from home so much and he said “Nah! I’m always there for them when they need me. Life is good!” Off he went with his coffee back out to the Open Road.

Song Lyrics

Open Road
©Francine Honey (SOCAN)

Hundred miles away from Austin,
Sign says San Antonio
Picture of his family on the dashboard,
It’s 22 hours home to Ontario

Hauling logs since ’86,
This route’s 5 days on the road
Shifting gears and radio stations,
He’s a husband and a father by phone

Chorus:
He’s on the open road, 
Hauling a heavy load,
His dog is howlin’ to, songs on the radio
Hot coffee in his cup, 
fuel tank is all filled up,
This truckin’ man loves the open road

Sun comes up on Saturday,
Kids wrapped ‘round his legs
His wife pours him coffee
as the dog runs ‘round the yard,
Cooks up Texas Brisket and eggs

Fill each other up with love each weekend,
Monday morning rolls around
Hug them tight, watch them wavin’ in the mirrors.
With the air horn blasting loud,
he puts the hammer down, Back to

Repeat Chorus

Bridge: As fence posts flash by,
Wonders if he worked 9 to 5

Would he have had a better life?
Then the telephone rings,
And he’s on the line, He’s there anytime

Repeat Chorus

Francine Honey home studio

Open Road” Single Launch Live Listening Party
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Played “Open Road” for Jack for the first time live and he howled! It was classic. At the 6:00 minute mark.

Behind the scenes video

MEET
HOWLIN' JACK

Creating This Song

The Inspiration Behind Writing This Song

Behind the scenes photos

Francine Honey as a teenager with her dog Smokey

This is a picture of me with my dog Smokey. He LOVED having his harness put on him. Somehow I think he knew he was going to get lots of attention and make us all a bunch of happy kids. He would sit by his harness hanging on the wall and run around until we put it on him.

He also howled at the sirens when they would go off at the fire hall that was behind our house. I sure do miss him. He was a great dog!

Does your dog howl?  Tell me about it.

How did you this song make you feel?

14 thoughts on “Open Road”

  1. Hi Francine,
    This is fun! We are just arriving home from Vegas. Well, I know this dog,as you know we had a Westy terrier and he died 2 years ago. Actually one week after our wedding. He used to howl all the time and we won’t sure why! Different triggers, so we could not determine the reasons. We miss him, but have fond memories of him. Love that song, it’s a great one! Meetings all day, I know what you mean and i’m Sure you don’t miss those days! Will cat tomorrow! Cousin Jo

    1. Hey Joane. Thanks for commenting and so glad you are enjoying the music and you are checking in even when you are on the road. Quite appropriate for this song! haha. Yes, your dog was really cute. Sad to see them go. Thanks for listening!

  2. We had one little boy (Philemon) quite excited to see the trucks in the video and a beautiful little girl (Acacia) dancing to your music.
    Thank you a Francine!

    1. Ahhh Lucie that makes me soooo happy. I can just picture them and hope you all howled along!!!! Thank YOU for letting me know about their reaction. Hugs…francine

  3. Open Road makes me want to get in my vehicle and drive! I know a dog that howls — but only when someone plays with his squeaky toy. Too funny!

  4. Catherine Mccrum

    Just a crazy side of me. I got side tracked watching the dog on truckers lap driving down 401 and all my road safety red flags went berserk on me. “For me” I enjoyed the audio version best. Really nice song.

  5. This song will become an anthem for truckers and their friends and families. I have huge respect for them and it’s so great that your awesome song will share some of their story and make them smile. Howlin’ Jack was awesome!! This one will go viral!!

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MUSIC CREDITS
Francine Honey: Lead and Background Vocals
Beth Neilsen Chapman: Background Vocals
Will Kimbrough: Electric Guitar, Background Vocals
Kris Donegan: Acoustic and Electric Guitars
Dan Mitchell: Keys, Fluglehorn. Background Vocals
Dean Marold: Bass
Neilson Hubbard: Drums, Percussion, Background Vocals
Eamon McLoughlin: Fiddle

ALLBUM CREDITS
Dylan Alldredge : Recording Engineer
Recorded at Skinny Elephant Recording, Nashville, TN
Mixed by Dylan Alldredge and Neilson Hubbard
Produced by Neilson Hubbard
Mastered by Jim DeMain at YES Master
Photos by Neilson Hubbard and Joshua Britt
Artwork by Kyle Atkinson, Craft Design House
© ℗ 2018 Francine Honey (SOCAN) Published by SongsByFrancine

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