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Convoy

C.W. McCall
Language: English

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Yeah, breaker one-nine
This here's the Rubber Duck
You got a copy on me Pig Pen, c'mon?
Uh, yeah, 10-4, Pig Pen, fer sure, fer sure
By golly, it's clean here to Flag Town, c'mon
Yeah, it's a big 10-4 there, Pig Pen
Yeah, we definitely got the front door, Good Buddy
Mercy sakes alive, looks like we've got us a convoy

It was the dark of the moon
On the sixth of June
In a Kenworth, pullin' logs
Cabover Pete with a reefer on
And a Jimmy haulin' hogs
We was headinn' for bear
On I-1-0
'Bout a mile out of Shakey Town
I says Pig Pen this here's the Rubber Duck
And I'm about to put the hammer down

"Cause we got a little ol' convoy
Rockin' through the night
Yeah, we got a little ol' convoy
Ain't she a beautiful sight
C'mon and join our convoy
Ain't nothin' gonna get in our way
We gonna roll this truckin' convoy
'Cross the U.S.A.
Convoy
Convoy

Yeah, 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

By the time we got into Tulsa-Town
We had eighty-five trucks in all
But they's a roadblock up on the cloverleaf
And them bears was wall to wall
Yeah, them smokies was as thick as bugs on a bumper
They even had a bear in the air
I says callin' all trucks
This here's the Duck
We about to go a-huntin' bear

Cause we got a great big convoy
Rockin' through the night
Yeah, we got a great big convoy
Ain't she a beautiful sight
C'mon and join our convoy
Ain't nothin' gonna get in our way
We gonna roll this truckin' convoy
'Cross the U.S.A.
Convoy
Convoy

Uh, you wanna give me a 10-9 on that Pig Pen
Uh, negatory Pig Pen you're still too close
Yeah, them hogs are startin' to close up my sinuses
Mercy sakes, you better back off another ten

Well, we rolled up Interstate 44
Like a rocket sled on rails
We tore up all of our swindle sheets
And left them sittin' on the scales
By the time we hit that Chi-Town
Them bears was a gettin' smart
They'd brought up some reinforcements
From the Illinois National Guard
There's armored cars and tanks and jeeps
And rigs of every size
Yeah, them chicken coops was full of bears
And choppers filled the skies
Well, we shot the line
We went for broke
With a thousand screamin' trucks
And eleven long haired Friends of Jesus
In a chartreuse microbus

Yeah, Rubber Duck 'tis Sod Buster
C'mon there
Yeah! 10-4 Sod Buster
Listen, you wanna put that microbus
In behind that suicide jockey
Yeah, he's haulin' dynamite
And he needs all the help he can get

Well, we laid a strip for the Jersey Shore
Prepared to cross the line
I could see the bridge was lined with bears
But I didn't have a doggone dime
I says Pig Pen this here's the Rubber Duck
We just ain't gonna pay no toll
So we crashed the gate doin' 98
I says let them truckers roll
10-4

'Cause we got a mighty convoy
Rockin' through the night
Yeah, we got a mighty convoy
Ain't she a beautiful sight?
C'mon and join our convoy
Ain't nothin' gonna get in our way
We roll this truckin' convoy
'Cross the U.S.A.
Convoy
Convoy

Ah, 10-4
Pig Pen what's your 20?
Omaha
Well, they oughta know what to do
With them hogs out there, fer sure
Well mercy sakes good buddy
We gonna back on outta here
So keep the bugs off yer glass
And the bears off yer... tail
We'll catch you on the flip flop
This here's the Rubber Duck on the side
We gone
Bye, bye

2015/4/21 - 06:03


Siccome il testo di questa canzone non è facile (è in gran parte in “CB slang”) io ci darei un’occhiata più approfondita…
L’anonimo contributore ha omesso ogni riferimento all’autore (C. W. McCall) ed ogni spiegazione sul testo (pur facilmente desumibile da en.wikipedia) forse proprio perché non c’entra una beata mazza con le CCG… A quanto leggo McCall era specializzato in “convoy songs”, sorta di subgenere country in cui i cowboys cavalcano i giganteschi trucks al posto dei cavalli… Per quel che capisco si tratta della storia di una rivolta (fittizia) di camionisti contro i limiti di velocità, contro le pastoie della legge che li obbligano alle pause di riposo, contro i controlli della polizia stradale… Non vorrei che si trattasse di quel genere di canzoni da “leghisti” a stelle e strisce, come se qui si pubblicassero le canzoni di protesta degli allevatori che hanno sforato le quote latte…
Credo poi che canzone non c’entri comunque nulla col percorso cui è stata assegnata…

O perfidi, a voi l’ardua verifica.

Bernart Bartleby - 2015/4/21 - 09:16


La canzone ha ispirato il film "Convoy" (da noi "Convoy, trincea di asfalto") diretto nel 1978 da Sam Pekinpah, un western-road movie con Kris Kristofferson nella parte del "fuorilegge" leader dei camionisti, la bellissima Ali MacGraw ed Ernst Borgnine nella parte dello sceriffo cattivo.

Un film piuttosto inconcludente, non certo al livello di altri "outlaw movie" di cui si è spesso parlato su questa pagine (vedi, da ultimo, "L'imperatore del Nord" di cui a commento di Weavery Life)...

Non so se questo basti per poter includere la canzone tra le CCG...

B.B. - 2015/4/21 - 10:32



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