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xtestpilot@yahoo.com 06 Apr 99 - 07:52 AM
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Subject: Highway 101
From: xtestpilot@yahoo.com
Date: 06 Apr 99 - 07:52 AM

Old song lyrics "He had a huck-a-cycle that took off like a gun, the fool was the terror of highway 101" Does ANYONE remember this or know it? Mid-50's I believe. Thanks!


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Subject: RE: Highway 101
From: slantt@yahoo.com
Date: 06 Apr 99 - 08:32 AM

God - I can't believe I remembered this...

'He wore black denim trousers and motorcycle boots and a black leather jacket with an eagle on the back. He had a screamin' cycle that took off like a gun. That fool was the terror of highway 101' Song ended with his supposed demise in an encounter with a semi and only finding said trousers and boots on the highway...

Name of the tune is 'Black Denim Trousers' from the mid 50s.

Used to hear this on AM radio WELI out of New Haven, Ct. on a night program called 'Juke Box Saturday Night' (I wonder where they got that name..?)


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Subject: RE: Highway 101
From: Bill in Alabama
Date: 06 Apr 99 - 08:57 AM

Go to [http://www.rockinwoman.com/drag.html] and click on Black Denim Trousers & Motorcycle Boots.


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Subject: RE: Highway 101
From: slantt@yahoo.com
Date: 06 Apr 99 - 09:00 AM

Now that I think about it.. ' he had a hopped-up cycle...' (Not screamin cycle)

'But he met a screamin diesel that was California bound and in the wreckage all they found - were black denim trousers and motorcycle boots and a black leather jacket with an eagle on the back.'

'But they never found the cycle that took off like a gun and they never found the terror of highway 101.'


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Subject: RE: Highway 101
From: Ferrara
Date: 06 Apr 99 - 01:04 PM

The site shown above is RealAudio, which isn't working on my computer so I thought I'd go ahead and post the lyrics. This is from memory, a friend wrote them out for me a year or so ago when I was leading an open sing with "clothing" as the topic. But of course I can't locate the paper with the words... - Rita Ferrara

CHORUS: He wore black denim trousers and motorcycle boots
and a black leather jacket with an eagle on the back.
He had a hopped-up cycle that took off like a gun.
That fool was the terror of highway 101'

Oh, he never washed his face and he never combed his hair
He had axle grease embedded underneath his fingernails
On the muscle of his arm was a red tattoo,
A picture of a heart saying "Mother, I love you."
(CHORUS)

Oh, he had a little girlfriend and her name was Mary Lou,
But he treated her just like he treated all the rest.
And everybody pitied her, cause everybody knew
He loved that dog-gone motor cycle best.
(CHORUS

Oh, Mary Lou she pleaded and she begged him not to leave,
But he said "I'll make five hundred miles before the sun goes down."
But he met a screamin' diesel that was California bound,
and when they cleared the wreckage all they found -

LAST CHORUS: Were his black denim trousers and motorcycle boots
and the black leather jacket with the eagle on the back.'
But they never found the cycle that took off like a gun
And they never found the terror of highway 101.'


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Subject: RE: Highway 101
From: Ferrara
Date: 06 Apr 99 - 01:06 PM

It may have been eight hundred miles. Pick a number.


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Subject: RE: Highway 101
From: Bruce O.
Date: 06 Apr 99 - 01:29 PM

Unlike I-5, highway 101 is mostly two lane road, very winding in some places, and through all the towns on the way, so 500 miles would be a very long day, but it's a very scenic route, especially along the Oregon coast. I lived just a few miles from it when this song appeared, (where it loops around the Olympic Penninsula and comes back to meet itself), but I never heard of the song before now. [On the edges of Olympic National Park the views are great, but in the park all you can see are the road and trees]

Logging trucks were always a danger, because to save gas the truckers would take the trucks out of gear going down a winding mountain road, (Northwestern Washington and Northern California) and without the braking power of the engine they would frequently be going too fast to make a curve and over turn, sometimes taking another vehicle with them. Jack-knifing on rain slicked roads was also pretty common with them (Northwestern Washington get a lot of rain). I knew some people killed when their car couldn't avoid a truck that jack-knifed right in front of them.


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Subject: RE: Highway 101
From: slantt@yahoo.com
Date: 06 Apr 99 - 01:31 PM

Geez - Glad I remembered as much as I did considering the last time I heard it was in the 50s...

'Ah - but I was so much older than - I'm younger then that now...'


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Subject: ADDPOP: BLACK DENIM TROUSERS AND..(Leiber/Stoller)
From: Joe Offer
Date: 06 Apr 99 - 01:44 PM

On Highway 101 in Northern California, they're very generous to nighttime drivers. They have floodlights on the landslide areas, so you can see the rocks as they slide down to bury you. At one point on 101 in Oregon, my car got splashed by the spray from the waves that were crashing in. It's an awesome drive, especially in winter.

In Los Angeles County, Ventura Boulevard is old 101, and parts of it still remind me of the idealized view we had of the Southern California of the 1950's.
-Joe Offer-

Rita, what did Bill say when you sang THAT at an open sing?? I wish I coulda been there.
Well, Ferrara posted her recollection of this above, but I verified this with the recording.
-Joe-
(5 Aug 2008)


BLACK DENIM TROUSERS AND MOTORCYCLE BOOTS
Words and Music by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller
as sung on "The Diamonds Collection" -- Stardust CD-1010 -charted by The Cheers at # 6 in 1955
He wore black denim trousers and motorcycle boots
And a black leather jacket with an eagle on the back.
He had a hopped-up 'cicle that took off like a gun.
That fool was the terror of Highway One-oh-one.


Well, he never washed his face and he never combed his hair.
He had axle grease embedded underneath his fingernails.
On the muscle of his arm was a red tattoo,
A picture of a heart saying "Mother, I love you."

He had a pretty girlfriend by the name of Mary Lou,
But he treated her just like he treated all the rest,
And everybody pitied her 'cause everybody knew
He loved that doggone motorcycle best.

He wore black denim trousers and motorcycle boots
And a black leather jacket with an eagle on the back.
He had a hopped-up 'cicle that took off like a gun.
That fool was the terror of Highway One-oh-one.


Mary Lou, poor girl, she pleaded and she begged him not to leave.
She said: "I've got a feeling if you ride tonight I'll grieve."
But her tears were shed in vain and her every word was lost
In the rumble of his engine and the smoke from his exhaust.

He took off like a devil; there was fire in his eyes.
He said, "I'll go a thousand miles before the sun can rise."
But he hit a screamin' diesel that was California-bound
And when they cleared the wreckage, all they found

Was his black denim trousers and motorcycle boots
And a black leather jacket with an eagle on the back,
But they couldn't find the 'cicle that took off like a gun,
And they never found the terror of Highway One-oh-one.



Lyrics transcribed by "Robin Hood" (a legendary transcriber of lyrics), copied from http://uk.geocities.com/hyohsilver/words.htm which plays the recording over and over and over.....


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Subject: RE: Highway 101
From: Ferrara
Date: 07 Apr 99 - 09:01 AM

Joe, He's used to my ways by now, though that doesn't stop him from grumbling.

LaMarca says she was nervous about her first open sing for fear her repertoire wouldn't be "pure folk" enough. When I sang the Beatles song "Rocky Raccoon", with a strong supporting cast on the kazoo parts, she decided we weren't quite the purist snobs we're reported to be.

We have one guy at our open sings with an immense repertoire of folk songs. Bill respects his musical knowledge tremendously. But of all the songs Barry does, my favorite is "Love Potion Number 9."

When someone throws out a novelty song like that, you'd be surprised how many people join in with gusto. On the other hand, Bill just sits there bemused. He has avoided pop music so efficiently that often he's the only person in the room who never even heard of the song.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Black Denim Trousers and Motorcycle Boots
From: GUEST
Date: 30 Jul 10 - 11:57 PM

I have a copy of the song...and since I learned the song from a player piano roll as a little kid, I always thought it was a truck. However, on the actual song track, the sound effects played at the end of the song are for a railroad crossing...indicating that he hit a screamin' diesel train and not a tractor trailer.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Black Denim Trousers and Motorcycle Boots
From: GUEST
Date: 30 Jul 10 - 11:59 PM

Oh...the lyrics posted by Joe are accurate.


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Subject: ADD: L'Homme a La Moto
From: Joe Offer
Date: 31 Jul 10 - 04:05 AM

Would you believe that this song was record by Edith Piaf? Here's a French version of the lyrics, plus somebody's translation:

L'Homme a La Moto

Chorus:

Il portait des culottes, des bottes de moto
Un blouson de cuir noir avec un aigle sur le dos
Sa moto qui partait comme un boulet de canon
Semait la terreur dans toute la région.

He wore motorbike pants and boots,
A black leather blazer with an eagle on the back.
His motorbike went like a cannonball
Spreading terror in the entire region.

Jamais il ne se coiffait, jamais il ne se lavait
Les ongles pleins de cambouis mais sur les biceps il avait
Un tatouage avec un cœur bleu sur la peau bleme
Et juste à l'intérieur, on lisait: "Maman je t'aime"
Il avait une petite amie du nom de Marie-Lou
On la prenait en pitié, une enfant de son âge
Car tout le monde savait bien qu'il aimait entre tout
Sa chienne de moto bien davantage.

He never combed his hair, He never washed himself,
Sludge filled his fingernails but on his biceps he had,
A tattoo featuring a blue heart on pale skin,
And inside it one could read "Mother I Love you".
He had a girlfriend, Marie-Lou was her name,
They all took pity on her, a child of her age...
Because everyone knew well how much he loved
His bitch of a motorbike above all things.

Il portait des culottes, des bottes de moto
Un blouson de cuir noir avec un aigle sur le dos
Sa moto qui partait comme un boulet de canon
Semait la terreur dans toute la région.

He wore motorbike pants and boots,
A black leather blazer with an eagle on the back
His motorbike went like a cannonball
Spreading terror in the entire region

Marie-Lou la pauvre fille l'implora, le supplia
"Dit Ne pars pas ce soir, je vais pleurer si tu t'en vas"
Mais les mots furent perdus, ses larmes pareillement
Dans le bruit de la machine et du tuyau d'échappement
Il bondit comme un diable avec des flammes dans les yeux
Au passage à niveau, ce fut comme un éclair de feu
Contre une locomotive qui filait vers le midi
Et quand on débarrassa les débris,

Marie-Lou, the poor girl, implored him and begged him
"Say, do not go tonight, I will cry if you leave".
But the words were lost, her tears also
In the noise of the machine and of the exhaust pipe.
He lept like a demon with flames in his eyes,
At the crossing it was like thundering fire
Against a steamtrain that sped towards the South.
And when they came to sift out the debris,

On trouva sa culotte, ses bottes de moto
Son blouson de cuir noir avec un aigle sur le dos
Mais plus rien de la moto et plus rien de ce démon
Qui semait la terreur dans toute la région.

They found his motorbike pants and his boots
His black leather blazer with an eagle on the back
But nothing left of this motorbike and nothing left of this demon
Who once spread terror in the entire region.


Source: http://les-nuits-masquees.blogspot.com/2009/02/lhomme-la-moto-english-translation.html

(This site has a video of the song, sung in French)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Black Denim Trousers and Motorcycle Boots
From: beeliner
Date: 31 Jul 10 - 05:45 AM

Great song, originally by the Cheers (their only hit?) but there were several cover versions.

He had a HOPPED-UP cycle (pronounced 'sickle').


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Black Denim Trousers and Motorcycle Boots
From: JJ
Date: 31 Jul 10 - 08:44 AM

I thought the version I have by Joan Morris was a bit odd, but I've never heard anything like that Piaf!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Black Denim Trousers and Motorcycle B
From: Charley Noble
Date: 31 Jul 10 - 08:46 AM

My brother and I used to drive our mother crazy singing this song in the 1950's.

We only managed to buy a Lambretta motorscooter rather than a "hopped-up cycle" but, hey, we did the best we could! We were the "terror" of the grey squirrels and rabbits along the logging roads of Georgetown Isle!

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Black Denim Trousers and Motorcycle Boots
From: GUEST,Allen in Oz
Date: 21 Jun 13 - 02:38 AM

How well I remember this song

What a debt we owe to Leiber and Stoller

AD


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Black Denim Trousers and Motorcycle Boots
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 21 Jun 13 - 07:09 PM

The title makes me think of BELL BOTTOM TROUSERS (COAT OF NAVY BLUE), but there isn't much similarity, I'm afraid.


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