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
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  3. In a Kenworth pullin' logs
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  4. Cab-over Pete with a reefer on
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  5. And a jimmy haulin' hogs
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  6. We is headin' for bear on I-one-oh
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  7. 'Bout a mile outta Shaky Town
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  8. I says "Pig Pen, this here's the Rubber Duck.
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  9. "And I'm about to put the hammer down."
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  10. 'Cause we got a little ol' convoy
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  11. Rockin' through the night.
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  12. Yeah, we got a little ol' convoy
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  13. Ain't she a beautiful sight?
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  14. Come on and join our convoy
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  15. Ain't nothin' gonna get in our way.
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  16. We gonna roll this truckin' convoy
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  17. 'Cross the USA
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  18. Convoy!
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  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
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  21. We had eighty-five trucks in all
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  22. But they's a roadblock up on the cloverleaf
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  23. And them bears was wall-to-wall
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  24. Yeah, them smokies is thick as bugs on a bumper
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  25. They even had a bear in the air!
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  26. I said "Callin' all trucks, this here's the Duck.
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  27. "We about to go a-huntin' bear."
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  28. 'Cause we got a great big convoy
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  29. Rockin' through the night
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  30. Yeah, we got a great big convoy
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  31. Ain't she a beautiful sight?
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  32. Come on and join our convoy
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  33. Ain't nothin' gonna get in our way
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  34. We gonna roll this truckin' convoy
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  35. 'Cross the USA
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  36. Convoy!
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  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
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  39. Like a rocket sled on rails
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  40. We tore up all of our swindle sheets
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  41. And left 'em settin' on the scales
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  42. By the time we hit that Chi-town
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  43. Them bears was a-gettin' smart
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  44. They'd brought up some reinforcements
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  45. From the Illinois National Guard
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  46. There's armored cars, and tanks and jeeps
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  47. And rigs of ev'ry size
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  48. Yeah, them chicken coops was full-a bears
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  49. And choppers filled the skies
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  50. Well, we shot the line and we went for broke
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  51. With a thousand screamin' trucks
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  52. An' eleven long haired friends of Jesus
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  53. In a chartreuse micra-bus
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  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
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  56. Prepared to cross the line
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  57. I could see the bridge was lined with bears
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  58. But I didn't have a dog-goned dime
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  59. I said "Pig Pen this here's the Rubber Duck
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  60. "We just ain't a-gonna pay no toll."
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  61. So we crashed the gate doing ninety-eight
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  62. In says "Let them truckers roll, 10-4."
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  63. 'Cause we got a mighty convoy
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  64. Rockin' through the night
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  65. Yeah, we got a mighty convoy
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  66. Ain't she a beautiful sight?
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  67. Come on and join our convoy
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  68. Ain't nothin' gonna get in our way
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  69. We gonna roll this truckin' convoy
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  70. 'Cross the U-S-A
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  71. Convoy! Convoy!
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  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!
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  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!
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  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!!
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  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.