Convoy, by CW McCall

I cannot even tell how how much this song spoke to me when I was in 6th grade.
  1. CB TALK: Yeah, breaker 1-9 this here's the Rubber Duck. You got a copy on me Pig Pen, come on? Uh yeah, 10-4 Pig Pen, for sure for sure, by golly, it's clean clear to Flag Town, come on? Yeah it's a big 10-4 there Pig Pen, yeah we definitely got the front door there buddy. Mercy sakes alive, looks like we got us a convoy.
  2. Was the dark of the moon on the sixth of June
  3. In a Kenworth pullin' logs
  4. Cab-over Pete with a reefer on
  5. And a jimmy haulin' hogs
  6. We is headin' for bear on I-one-oh
  7. 'Bout a mile outta Shaky Town
  8. I says "Pig Pen, this here's the Rubber Duck.
  9. "And I'm about to put the hammer down."
  10. 'Cause we got a little ol' convoy
  11. Rockin' through the night.
  12. Yeah, we got a little ol' convoy
  13. Ain't she a beautiful sight?
  14. Come on and join our convoy
  15. Ain't nothin' gonna get in our way.
  16. We gonna roll this truckin' convoy
  17. 'Cross the USA
  18. Convoy!
  19. CB TALK: Uh breaker Pig Pen this here's the Duck, and, uh, you wanna back off them hogs? Uh, 10-4, 'bout five mile or so, 10 Roger, them hogs is gettin' intense up here.
  20. By the time we got into Tulsa Town
  21. We had eighty-five trucks in all
  22. But they's a roadblock up on the cloverleaf
  23. And them bears was wall-to-wall
  24. Yeah, them smokies is thick as bugs on a bumper
  25. They even had a bear in the air!
  26. I said "Callin' all trucks, this here's the Duck.
  27. "We about to go a-huntin' bear."
  28. 'Cause we got a great big convoy
  29. Rockin' through the night
  30. Yeah, we got a great big convoy
  31. Ain't she a beautiful sight?
  32. Come on and join our convoy
  33. Ain't nothin' gonna get in our way
  34. We gonna roll this truckin' convoy
  35. 'Cross the USA
  36. Convoy!
  37. CB TALK: Uh, you wanna give me a 10-9 on that Pig Pen? Uh, negatory, Pig Pen, you're still too close. Yeah, those hogs is startin' to close up my sinuses. Mercy sakes, you better back off another ten.
  38. Well, we rolled up Interstate 84
  39. Like a rocket sled on rails
  40. We tore up all of our swindle sheets
  41. And left 'em settin' on the scales
  42. By the time we hit that Chi-town
  43. Them bears was a-gettin' smart
  44. They'd brought up some reinforcements
  45. From the Illinois National Guard
  46. There's armored cars, and tanks and jeeps
  47. And rigs of ev'ry size
  48. Yeah, them chicken coops was full-a bears
  49. And choppers filled the skies
  50. Well, we shot the line and we went for broke
  51. With a thousand screamin' trucks
  52. An' eleven long haired friends of Jesus
  53. In a chartreuse micra-bus
  54. CB TALK: Yeah, Rubber Duck, this is Sod Buster, come over? Yeah, 10-4 Sod Buster, listen, you wanna put that micra-bus in behind that suicide jockey? Yeah, he's haulin' dynamite, he needs all the help he can get.
  55. Well, we laid a strip for the Jersey shore
  56. Prepared to cross the line
  57. I could see the bridge was lined with bears
  58. But I didn't have a dog-goned dime
  59. I said "Pig Pen this here's the Rubber Duck
  60. "We just ain't a-gonna pay no toll."
  61. So we crashed the gate doing ninety-eight
  62. In says "Let them truckers roll, 10-4."
  63. 'Cause we got a mighty convoy
  64. Rockin' through the night
  65. Yeah, we got a mighty convoy
  66. Ain't she a beautiful sight?
  67. Come on and join our convoy
  68. Ain't nothin' gonna get in our way
  69. We gonna roll this truckin' convoy
  70. 'Cross the U-S-A
  71. Convoy! Convoy!
  72. CB TALK: Uh 10-4 Pig Pen, what's your 20? Omaha? Well they aughta know what to do with them hogs out there for sure. Well mercy sakes good buddy, we gonna back on outa here. So keep the bugs off your glass, and the Bears off your...tail.
  73. Convoy! Convoy!
  74. Convoy, by CW McCall
  75. CW McCall is the performing name of Bill Fries. Convoy hit #1 on both pop and country charts, spending six weeks in the top spot on country charts. Also, it hit #1 in Canada.
    Only #2 in the UK.
  76. This was one of the first records I bought, a 45. I played it literally hundreds of times. Maybe a thousand. I'd sit in class with the song running through my head. Grades be damned!
  77. Over time I had this as a 45, and an LP, then cassette and eventually a CD. Naturally it's on my iPod now. Oh how I wanted one of those CJ7s!!
  78. And let's not forget that to a 12 year old boy in 1976, "truckin" sounds a lot like another word.
    You know.
  79. But here's the thing. I could not wait to get out of school so I could get me a semi truck and join a convoy. I didn't care where we were going or why we were doing it. I wanted in! I actually thought that you could, if you were good at it, make a living driving in convoys.
    What the literal hell was I thinking? Oh well, I was 12 and stuck in a small town.
  80. I haven't listened to this song in a long time, but I heard it today and really listened to the words and meaning. Why were these trucks all lining up?
  81. Surely there were never a thousand damned trucks all wanting to drive from L.A. To Tulsa, then Chicago and finally New Jersey, just to stick it to the cops.
  82. And why were the cops and national guard so intent on not having trucks drive in a line?
  83. Road blocks to stop trucks from...driving? What the hell?
  84. I do remember hearing on the news back in the late 70s about trucks forming convoys. It seemed very exciting to me, but I still don't know why they were forming convoys. Were they all going to the same place?
  85. Clearly this song was written for rednecks. Why was it ever popular? I have no idea.