Billy Ray Cyrus Sings Ode to Mobile Home Adventures in ’99 Single Wide’

by Kayla Zadel
(Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for BMG)

Billy Ray Cyrus is celebrating fifth-wheel trailers in his most recent single release off his new album. After all, fifth-wheels are the original tiny homes.

The singer-songwriter shares that the “99 Single Wide” lyric video is now up and ready for listening. It shows a blue Ford dually pulling a fifth-wheel camper bumping up and down the road. We’re presuming the year this camper is a 1999 model.

The song is from the album The Singin’ Hills Sessions: Mojave, Cyrus’ 2020 album that features a total of 6 songs, one of them including a cover of LL Cool J’s original “Momma Said Knock You Out.”

Additionally, “99 Single Wide” is written by Casey Beathard. He’s most notably written songs with Eric Church, Chris Stapleton, and Trace Adkins.

Billy Ray Cyrus Singing About Single Wide Trailers

Cyrus is for sure tapping into his outsider roots for this one. We love spending life outdoors and sometimes it’s even better when you have your home hooked up to your truck’s hitch. After all, it is easier to move when you have everything all packed up and ready to go in a fifth-wheel camper.

Billy Jack Tovar is the character in the song. He has three names, just like Cyrus, and of course, they both share the name, Billy. Perhaps this was cleverly written into the track, or maybe it’s just a coincidence.

Tovar’s had some tough luck when it comes to his single wide. What we learn is that he’s “hammered and he crowbarred” and even “broke down in the neighbor’s yard.”

Furthermore, it seems like this trailer has seen better days. With lyrics like “boarding up the windows, take down seams” the ’99 camper is more vintage than not. As Tovar’s bad luck would have it he’s even going through a break-up.

“Putting home sweet home in a straight line” depicts what we mean by being mobile. It gives you freedom to roam.

Listen to the official audio video from Cyrus’ Youtube channel.

Read more here about Cyrus’ other new release, “Good At Goodbyes.”