There are a lot of songs about trucks out there but I figured I’d pull into the next roadside cafe and see what I can find on the jukebox. So grab another cuppa joe, warm up your pie, and drop some coin for these travelin’ tunes.
- “Speedball Trucker” – Jim Croce. I’ve always liked this song. Not one of Jim’s classics but a good trucker tune nonetheless. My favorite lyric is when the cop tells him “…and 95 is the route you were on, it was not the speed limit sign”.
- “Six Days on the Road” – Taj Mahal. Taj covered this classic Dave Dudley tune way back in 1968 but I didn’t hear it until Little Steven started playing it a lot on his Underground Garage radio show on Sirius. It’s been covered by countless bands over the years.
- “Eastbound and Down” – Jerry Reed. An easy one to choose from the soundtrack of 1982’s “Smokey and the Bandit” starring Burt Reynolds, Sally Fields, Jackie Gleason and, of course, Jerry himself.
- “Big Wheels In the Moonlight” – Dan Seals. I have a very limited connection to country music. Just not my thing but if you’re going to listen to trucker songs it basically comes with the territory. Dan passed away in 2009 but was the younger brother of Jim Seals who made up the duo “Seals and Croft”. As you may recall Dan was part of the duo “England Dan and John Ford Coley” back in the ‘7o’s.
- “Me and Bobby McGee” – Kris Kristofferson. Not exactly a pure trucker tune but the theme is set when Bobby rides with a trucker and sings “every song that driver knew”. This was written by Kristofferson and made famous by Janis Joplin and the video provided here is the original 1970 version. The lyric “I’d trade all my tomorrows, for a single yesterday” gets me every time.
- “Convoy” – C.W. McCall. This was a huge hit back in 1975. Do you remember it? It’s almost rap music and offers the strange message that trucks can ignore the police (the bears) and crash through toll gates (doing 98) as long as it’s in the interest of making a delivery on time. They do offer thanks to the help they received from the “long-haired friends of Jesus in a chartreuse micro bus”. As one does. By the way, one of the truckers in the video is Kris Kristofferson (@2:00) and the chief “bear” is Ernest Borgnine.
Catch ‘ya on the flip flop good buddies.