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Thread #169891   Message #4128158
Posted By: Joe Offer
06-Dec-21 - 01:41 AM
Thread Name: US Highways (fed and state) and songs about them
Subject: ADD: New Lee Highway Blues (David Bromberg)
Cool stuff, Jim. Where are Highway 53 and Route 23?

From “The New Lee Highway Blues” by David Bromberg appears on his album, Wanted: Dead or Alive (1974).
It’s an adaptation of “Lee Highway Blues”, a traditional southern string band song.

Named after Gen. Robert E. Lee, the Lee Highway was an Auto Trail that connected New York City and San Francisco via the south and southwest. It was named after Robert E. Lee.

Auto Trails were an informal network of highway routes in the U.S. and Canada in the early 20th century. Marked with colored bands on telephone poles along the road, they helped travelers find their way through a patchwork of different highway numbers on cross country road trips. The trails were marked by civic and fraternal organizations. The Lincoln Trail is probably the best known of these, and people used them extensively because many states and counties gave road improvements for the trails high priority to increase traffic and promote tourism.

(David Bromberg)

All through Northern Oregon
Always at my side
Sleeping in those narrow beds
And then we'd ride

Drinking in those dirty bars
Keeping out of sight
Sleeping in that cold back seat
And then we'd ride

You know that God-damned road seemed like it went forever
Exhaust fumes made our eyes turn red and swell
With our clothes stuck to the seat and to our bodies
It was a stinkin' summer trip to southern hell

Eating carbonated crap
Churning up inside
Gas-soaked service station johns
And then we'd ride

Silence in the front seat
Trying not to start to fight
Quiet, half-hid cryin'
And then we'd ride

You know you can grow to hate these crummy little one horse towns
With their seamy movie houses long closed down
No where to go from here but up and down the road
And nothing over there but the same goddamned town

Another sour coffee cup
One more piece of cardboard pie
Buy a tooth brush and a change of clothes
And then we'll ride