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longwalker 05 Apr 09 - 05:40 PM
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Subject: Looking for songs about semis and
From: longwalker
Date: 05 Apr 09 - 05:40 PM

HI agian I am all so looking for semi trunks and all open road songs thanks


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Subject: RE: Looking for songs about semis and
From: BobKnight
Date: 05 Apr 09 - 05:44 PM

Commander Cody and The Lost Planet Airmen did quite a few on their album from around 1972/3.

Dave Dudley - Six Days On The Road - Taj Mahal did a good version too. White Line Fever - Merle Haggard.

There must be hundreds of them out there.


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Subject: RE: Looking for songs about semis and
From: oldhippie
Date: 05 Apr 09 - 06:24 PM

Semis
"I Believe He's Gonna Drive That Rig To Glory" - Craig Donaldson
"Phantom 309"
"Convoy"

Road songs
"The Road Goes On Forever, and the Party Never Ends"

yes, there are hundereds more....


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Subject: RE: Looking for songs about semis and
From: GUEST,Gene
Date: 05 Apr 09 - 07:31 PM

Try this old MUDCAT post!

http://mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=19754#204189


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Subject: RE: Looking for songs about semis and
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 05 Apr 09 - 07:58 PM

My husband likes C.W. McCall. He sings songs about driving trucks cross-country.


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Subject: RE: Looking for songs about semis and
From: Joe_F
Date: 05 Apr 09 - 08:06 PM

There's a good song by Margaret Macarthur about a runaway truck in Brattleboro, but now I can't find it.

Also, "Can this compact take the impact? There's a diesel on my tail".


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Subject: RE: Looking for songs about semis and
From: meself
Date: 05 Apr 09 - 08:08 PM

Truck Drivin' Man: "I climbed back on board my big semi,/Then like a flash I was gone". (Pronounced "sem-eye" in the recording I learned it from many, many years ago).


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Subject: RE: Looking for songs about semis and
From: meself
Date: 05 Apr 09 - 08:09 PM

Bud the Spud, by Stompin' Tom Connors.


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Subject: RE: Looking for songs about semis and
From: kendall
Date: 05 Apr 09 - 08:21 PM

It sure as hell aint country by me.


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Subject: RE: Looking for songs about semis and
From: curmudgeon
Date: 05 Apr 09 - 08:24 PM

Not country, but good:
Champion At Keeping 'Em Rolling and Twenty One Years, both by Ewan MacColl


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Subject: RE: Looking for songs about semis and
From: meself
Date: 05 Apr 09 - 08:28 PM

"It sure as hell aint country by me."

Did you really write that one? I'd forgotten there's a truck in it ...


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Subject: RE: Looking for songs about semis and
From: meself
Date: 05 Apr 09 - 08:28 PM

England's Motorways.


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Subject: RE: Looking for songs about semis and
From: Jack Campin
Date: 05 Apr 09 - 08:33 PM

Dave Dudley, "Rolaids, Doan's Pills, and Preparation H".


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Subject: RE: Looking for songs about semis and
From: Don Firth
Date: 05 Apr 09 - 08:40 PM

Here you go:   CLICKY

Jerry Middaugh sings "Backing to Birmingham."

Don Firth


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Subject: RE: Looking for songs about semis and
From: Melissa
Date: 05 Apr 09 - 08:45 PM

Truck Driver's Queen
I've Been Everywhere

30,000 Pounds of Bananas
Viagra in the Water

Up This Hill and Down..it's a mighty, mighty long road.


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Subject: RE: Looking for songs about semis and
From: GUEST,pattyClink
Date: 05 Apr 09 - 08:48 PM

Hawkerladdie, the Lost Planet Airmen did "Mama Hated Diesels" on that album, don't recall any of the others right now.

As for other nominees, I think the official name is "Movin'", but everybody knows it as "Gimme Weeds, Whites, and Wine" or that song with the Tucson to Tucumcari line.

and "Trucking" from the Dead.


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Subject: RE: Looking for songs about semis and
From: open mike
Date: 05 Apr 09 - 10:05 PM

a long list here:
http://blogcritics.org/archives/2005/03/30/104156.php
Hot rod Linclon by commander cody..one of 12 cuts on the album "truck driving songs"
http://www.google.com/musicl?lid=dyp1RfhR9wG&ei=bWLZSebtNaKstAOP6pioCg&sa=X&oi=music&ct=landing&cd=2


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Subject: RE: Looking for songs about semis and
From: longwalker
Date: 05 Apr 09 - 11:27 PM

Thank you all your help in this again


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Subject: RE: songs about semi trucks & open road
From: Declan
Date: 06 Apr 09 - 02:31 AM

Patticlink,

That song is called Willin' by Lowel George.

Meself Englands Motorways is about building them, not driving on them, but you probably knew that.


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Subject: RE: songs about semi trucks & open road
From: GUEST,Mr Red
Date: 06 Apr 09 - 03:42 AM

In the UK the words like artic and articulated or tractor and trailer would produce results in a search.

Does the McColl song "Forty Foot Trailer" qualify?


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Subject: RE: songs about semi trucks & open road
From: BobKnight
Date: 06 Apr 09 - 04:29 AM

Guest: On that Commander Cody album there was "Looking At The World Through A Windshield, Truck Drivin' Man, Mama Hated Deisels," and "My Semi Truck Won't Start."

Also had a compilation album with a great song called, "Roll On Big Mama," but I can't remember who sang it now.

Jackson Browne "Runnin On Empty, is another good "road" song, and Kathy Matea had a great version of "Eighteen Wheels And A Dozen Roses." Pure Prairie League had "Two Lane Highway," and "I'll Fix Your Flat Tyre Merle."


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Subject: RE: songs about semi trucks & open road
From: kendall
Date: 06 Apr 09 - 07:19 AM

Yes, meself, I wrote that back in 1993 as I recall. It came out of a true incident.


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Subject: RE: songs about semi trucks & open road
From: kendall
Date: 06 Apr 09 - 07:23 AM

If anyone wants the lyrics you can just google it.


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Subject: RE: songs about semi trucks & open road
From: GUEST,OldNicKilby
Date: 06 Apr 09 - 10:51 AM

Have a look at Roddy Feltons
"Interplanetary Trucker"
He is on Fcaebook or Youtube


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Subject: RE: songs about semi trucks & open road
From: topical tom
Date: 06 Apr 09 - 11:11 AM

Another song would be "Give Me Forty Acres". There are a few more road songs in this link as well.


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Subject: RE: songs about semi trucks & open road
From: meself
Date: 06 Apr 09 - 11:24 AM

"Meself Englands Motorways is about building them, not driving on them, but you probably knew that."

Actually, I didn't. Maybe I've got the wrong song. I'm thinking of the one set to the same tune as "Tramps and Hawkers": "Remember lad, he's still your dad, although he's far away ... " Is that the one?


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Subject: RE: songs about semi trucks & open road
From: GUEST,Russ
Date: 06 Apr 09 - 11:59 AM

I like Townes Van Zandt's "White Freight Liner Blues"

Russ (Permanent GUEST)


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Subject: RE: songs about semi trucks & open road
From: open mike
Date: 06 Apr 09 - 01:14 PM

this songwriter specialized in road/truck songs http://www.redsovine.com/

there also is a song called feather river turn around which i am trying to find.

also Red Simpson wrote a few..
http://www.virtualtruckroute.com/music_simpson.html

http://www.google.com/url?sa=U&start=1&q=http://www.virtualtruckroute.com/music_simpson.html&ei=gDbaSfL0Epi6tQPPhKSrCg&usg=AFQjCNHa0DoLEE_UumCdFhkAQTDzsAUv8w

http://www.google.com/url?sa=U&start=3&q=http://www.angelfire.com/ny5/andysgirl/&ei=gDbaSfL0Epi6tQPPhKSrCg&usg=AFQjCNEhIyjyFpMy36ecUFctgFffonbqXg

http://www.google.com/url?sa=U&start=8&q=http://www.amazon.com/Best-Red-Simpson-Country-Western/dp/B00000JYAB&ei=gDbaSfL0Epi6tQPPhKSrCg&usg=AFQjCNG2zC1YvtUVq2QwKOXvDN25A4ZprA


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Subject: RE: songs about semi trucks & open road
From: Declan
Date: 06 Apr 09 - 01:25 PM

Meself,

That's the song I meant. Come to think of it, there may be no reason to assume the father is building the motorway rather than driving on it, but in my mind it was always the former. I must go and check out the lyrics and see if I can work out why.


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Subject: RE: songs about semi trucks & open road
From: Declan
Date: 06 Apr 09 - 01:30 PM

Lyrics are here. In fact they do say he is working on the site of the motorway and that he will be back when he's built his motorway, so it looks like he was a navvy rather than a trucker.


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Subject: RE: songs about semi trucks & open road
From: meself
Date: 06 Apr 09 - 01:55 PM

Thanks! Now I know ...


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Subject: RE: songs about semi trucks & open road
From: Seamus Kennedy
Date: 06 Apr 09 - 01:59 PM

Movin' On by Hank Snow?

Seamus


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Subject: RE: songs about semi trucks & open road
From: Mike in Brunswick
Date: 06 Apr 09 - 03:08 PM

"Little Liza Jane" by Dave Carter, from the CD "When I Go" by Carter and Tracy Grammer. Completely different from the better known song with the same title.

Mike


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Subject: RE: songs about semi trucks & open road
From: GUEST,TJ in San Diego
Date: 07 Apr 09 - 01:14 PM

"Long Thin Dawn" by Gordon Lightfoot, not one of his better known numbers and a little different, more "country" style.

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------

(D)
That (G) long thin (D) dawn
That (G) long thin (D) dawn
Is coming (A7) on a(D)gain
I've seen the hills of Frisco and the (G) streets of Montre(D)al
In every town I've been to I've (E7) had someone to (A7) call
From (D) Winnipeg to Edmonton, Van(G)couver to St. (D) Paul
I've had so many good friends I (G) couldn't miss them (A) all

In that long thin dawn, that long thin dawn is coming on again

Last night I came to Denver beneath the snowcapped ridge
I thought about my darling as I stood beneath the bridge
And there were times I made her cry but I guess by now she's learned
That any time I've wandered I always have returned

In that long thin dawn, that long thin dawn is coming on again

Right now I'm on a highway just east of Omaha
Riding shotgun on the biggest rig you ever saw
With forty tons of pig iron and a trucker known as Bill
All the way to Windsor, we've got some miles to kill

In that long thin dawn, that long thin dawn is coming on again

While climbing up a hillside, Bill drops her down a gear
And the engine sings so sweetly 'tis music to my ear
I tell him how I long to be just like him if I can
Driving like the restless wind across this precious land

In that long thin dawn, that long thin dawn is coming on again

Says Bill, "The air is clean tonight," as he puffs a big cigar
"And if this rig keeps rolling, my boy you'll travel far
But when you are a trucker you'll come to realize
The only thing a man can do is watch the world go by"

In that long thin dawn, that long thin dawn is coming on again
That long thin dawn, that long thin dawn is coming on again


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Subject: RE: songs about semi trucks & open road
From: kendall
Date: 07 Apr 09 - 02:03 PM

Slim Dusty sang one about being forced off the road and knowing he was going to die.


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Subject: RE: songs about semi trucks & open road
From: mg
Date: 07 Apr 09 - 03:17 PM

Trucker's Cafe by Sylvia Tyson. I think there is a version on you tube. mg


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Subject: RE: songs about semi trucks & open road
From: Ref
Date: 07 Apr 09 - 06:24 PM

Kenworth Of My Dreams by Richard Shindell


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Subject: RE: songs about semi trucks & open road
From: Sookite
Date: 08 Apr 09 - 04:15 PM

Yes, the Shindell tune, Kenworth of My Dreams is great.
I have it in my repetoire.

I sold my old Camaro
I sold my fishing boat
A friend said he would cosign
On a small commercial loan
So I shopped around until I found
A rig within my means
I put fifteen thousand dollars down
On the Kenworth of my dreams

My sister's husband helped me out
When we took the thing apart
Every bolt and piston
I knew them all by heart
We cleaned her out and painted her
And brought her up to speed
I proudly put my name upon
The Kenworth of my dreams

But sometimes late at night
Out on some interstate
I hear those sad country songs
True love found, true love gone
Lately I just turn the damn thing off

A lot of folks just shook their heads
Convinced that I'd lost mine
They said living in a God-damned truck
Is just a waste of time
That to spend yhour life behind the wheel
Ain't as great as it might seem
I just thanked them all and left one night
In the Kenworth of my dreams

But sometimes late at night
Out on some interstate
I hear those sad country songs
True love found, true love gone
Lately I just turn the damn thing off

Business, it's been pretty good
I've no cause to complain
I haul bourbon up to Buffalo
And frozen foods to Maine
Toxic waste or Quaker State
It's all the same to me
I'll go anywhere for anything
In the Kenworth of my dreams...


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Subject: RE: songs about semi trucks & open road
From: melodeonboy
Date: 11 Apr 09 - 06:13 AM

"18 Wheels" (also Commander Cody)


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Subject: RE: songs about semi trucks & open road
From: Gene
Date: 11 Apr 09 - 05:46 PM

I discovered a pair of Truckin' Songs I had never heard of and still haven't heard of or seen them on any other source since...on an LP
I picked up in the bargain bin somewhere along the way several years ago...

'A GRAIN OF SALT' by a group of fantastic musicians in oklahoma.

John Henry - is the title of one song, and the other-

Ode To The Road.

PM for mp3:

cn8gv9@aim.com


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Subject: RE: songs about semi trucks & open road
From: BTMP
Date: 11 Apr 09 - 07:39 PM

How about 'Midnight on the Highway' from Hot Rize, and 'Widowmaker' by Jimmy Martin.


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Subject: RE: songs about semi trucks & open road
From: Joe Offer
Date: 12 Apr 09 - 03:41 AM

The Digital Tradition has:
  • Terry Fell's Truck Drivin' Man

  • Si Kahn's Truck Driving Woman

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    Subject: RE: songs about semi trucks & open road
    From: Dave Illingworth
    Date: 12 Apr 09 - 06:25 AM

    Ref Kendall's message,I think the Slim Dusty song was called "Lights on the hill" written by his wife Joy McKean.

    Slim sang loads of Australian trucking songs, and occasionally recorded whole albums of the genre, e.g. "TRUCKS ON THE TRACK" and "LIGHTS ON THE HILL". Other notable songs are:-

    "The worst in the world"
    "Foggy mirrors"
    "Bent Axle Bob"
    "There lies an old workhorse"
    "Kelly's offsider"
    "I don't sleep at night"
    "One truckie's epitaph"

    and loads more.

                    G'day


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    Subject: RE: songs about semi trucks & open road
    From: van lingle
    Date: 12 Apr 09 - 08:02 AM

    Semi-Crazy by Junior Brown (in duet with Red Simpson) from a great album of the same name.
    Mama Knows the Highway by Hal Ketchum (at least he sang it).


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    Subject: RE: songs about semi trucks & open road
    From: GUEST,Rosanna
    Date: 04 Aug 11 - 02:44 PM

    are any of these songs about a truck driver that loses his mom why he is on the road, someone told my mom about a song like that but we haven heard it and thats what happened to my dad.


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    Subject: RE: songs about semi trucks & open road
    From: saulgoldie
    Date: 04 Aug 11 - 03:07 PM

    There's a song by Bill Staines that I can't recall the title of at the moment. Something "Give me a good heavy load and a clear stretch of road, and I'll let that old bulldog whine." "Wild, Wild Heart," perhaps? On the "First Million Miles" album, er, CD IIRC.

    Ahh, trucks. And trains and boats. Songs about transportation seem to abound.

    Saul


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    Subject: RE: songs about semi trucks & open road
    From: JohnInKansas
    Date: 04 Aug 11 - 06:53 PM

    One I didn't see mentioned is "Wolf Creek Pass."

    Lin never cared much for it until we moved from Seattle area back to Kansas. I had about 4,000 lb inside the van and was towing the camper/popup (about 3,500 lb). She towed a Uhaul trailer that had about 3,800 lb in it, behind her little purple toytruck Chevy S10 (about 3200 lb GVW).

    Shortly after we got to the bottom of the pass, she said "I appreciate that one a lot more now."

    It's a "comic song" but with a lot of truth in it, and I can assure you that the 18-wheelers (& the 22s) don't care much for that particular bit of highway.

    A little more light-hearted comic song, that may reflect the "loneliness of the long haul" if you think about it some, was called - I think - "The Girl on the Billboard," or something similar.

    As to a complaint above that "it ain't Country," from the "lone rider" with his ass in the saddle for long hard lonely hours to putting your ass 9 feet up in the seat of a rig isn't really much of a switch. The bull herder's just a bull hauler now. The rig likely has air conditioning, but it won't take you home by itself if you take a nap on the job, so the hazards are a little different, but it's a lot of the same kinds of people with similar "cultures."

    John


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