Red Simpson performs “I’m A Truck”

The song became Red Simpson's biggest success, reaching number 4 on the country charts in 1972, spending 17 weeks on this chart . Song History.

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Single Red Simpson ( Portand Records 1971 )
Single Red Simpson ( Portand Records 1971 )

The song was written by Bob Stanton, recorded by Red Simpson in November 1971 and produced by Gene Breeden for Capitol Records. The song became Red Simpson’s biggest success, reaching number 4 on the country charts in 1972, spending 17 weeks on this chart.

Producer Gene Breeden had been looking for artists for his label, Portland Limited, when he received a song called “I’m a Truck” from songwriter Robert Stanton. Breeden and Simpson met in Vancouver, Washington, in 1971, where Simpson agreed to record the song. That fall, it was picked up for national distribution by Capitol Records.

Story behind the song:

Lp Cover Red Simpson ( Capitol 1972 )
Lp Cover Red Simpson ( Capitol 1972 )

Normally all the road songs it’s about the truckers, they talk about their stories on the road, their anecdotes, their memories about lost comrades in accidents, but this song is narrated in the first person of the truck, the truck complains about the boast that He is the truck driver, always bragging about his exploits and his effort, when the real person who makes these efforts is me the truck. The truck complains when its driver parks it next to a smelly truck full of cattle, while he takes a coffee. , the truck says, I could have parked next to a pink Mack, with shiny tires, and then surely , the trucker will take that tape cartridge from Buck Owens and play him again “(instead of the artist that the truck apparently really enjoys, Merle Haggard). It’s a very witty and funny song.
I Only found one version :
Ferlin Husky 1986 ( Documen Records)

Red Simpson – I’m A Truck Lyrics

Hello I’m a truck
You’ve heard songs about truck drivers many times their stories told
How they pulled out of Pittsburg for six days on the road
Bout the Feather River Canyon and climbin’ the old grapevine
That old roadhouse down in Texas and the girls they’ve left behind
You’ve heard their tales of daring and I think that’s just fine
But if you can spare a minute well I’d like to tell you mine
There’d be no truck drivers if it wasn’t for us trucks
No double clutching gear jaming coffee drinking nuts
They’ll drive their way to glory and they have all the luck
There’d be no truck drivers if it wasn’t for us trucks

Well there he sits in that cafe drinking coffee and telling lies
Prob’ly telling ’em how to talk that hill ten miles back
How telling ’em how he missed a gear and that Volkswagen full of hippies
Passed us like I was sitting up on jacks or how we took that curve over on 66
Han’t-a been for me hanging on the shoulder we’d both wound up in the ditch
If we’re on time he takes the credit if we’re late I get the blame
Up those hills with shutters open my stacks are running flame
My stack a running red light sucking diesel from the tanks
I take him south and bring him back without a word of thanks
So now you’ve heard my story and I guess it’s my tough luck
There’d be no truck drivers if it wadn’t for us trucks
There’d be no truck drivers…

Look at him sipping coffee and flirtin’ with that waitress
And where do you think he left me that’s right next to cattle truck (mooo)
Why couldn’t we have put me next to that little pink mack sittin’ over there
Gosh she’s got pretty mud flaps and talk about stracked they’re both chromed
Well he’ll be coming out in a minute and he’ll get that bar
And he’ll go around and beat on my tires
You know for two pints of diesel I’d have a flat on the inside dual
Ha that fixed him I never did like the way he drives anyhow
Thainks he’s God’s gift to waitresses he never gives ’em a tip
Well I know what he’s gonna do now he’s gonna take out
The tape cartridge of Back Owens and play it again
I don’t know why he don’t get a Merle Haggard tape

Single Red Simpson ( Capitol Records 1971 )
Single Red Simpson ( Capitol Records 1971 )

Miquel Batlle
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