"Convoy" as written by and Boxcar Willie....
Was the dark of the moon on the sixth of June
In a Kenworth pullin' logs
Cab-over Pete with a reefer on
And a Jimmy haulin' hogs
We is headin' for bear on I-one-oh
'Bout a mile outta Shaky 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?
Come on and join our convoy
Ain't nothin' gonna get in our way.
We gonna roll this truckin' convoy
'Cross the U-S-A.
Convoy!

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 is 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?
Come on and join our convoy
Ain't nothin' gonna get in our way.
We gonna roll this truckin' convoy
'Cross the U-S-A.
Convoy!

Well, we rolled up Interstate 44
Like a rocket sled on rails.
We tore up all of our swindle sheets,
And left 'em settin' 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 ev'ry size.
Yeah, them chicken coops was full'a bears
And choppers filled the skies.
Well, we shot the line and we went for broke
With a thousand screamin' trucks
An' eleven long-haired Friends a' Jesus
In a chartreuse micra-bus.

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 dog-goned dime.
I says, "Pig Pen, this here's the Rubber Duck.
"We just ain't a-gonna pay no toll."
So we crashed the gate doing ninety-eight
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?
Come on 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! Convoy! Convoy!


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"Convoy" as written by Carl Davis

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    General CommentRespectfully, this song was absolutely not a one hit wonder. From Wikipedia- Far from a one-hit wonder, McCall continued to chart with songs such as "Wolf Creek Pass", which hit #40 on the U.S. pop top 40 in 1975, and at least two other songs hit Billboard's pop Hot 100, including "Old Home Filler-Up an' Keep on a-Truckin' Cafe", as well as the environmentally-oriented "There Won't Be No Country Music (There Won't Be No Rock 'n' Roll)". A dozen McCall songs hit Billboard's country singles chart, including the sentimental "Roses For Mama" (1977).
    More old country fans probably know CW for the sappy "Roses for Mama" then they do "Convoy" (think Christmas Shoes, you'll get the gest of it).
    cartmanspeedzoneon January 10, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThat being said, I believe Convoy is more than a song- I can't explain it, but I believe Convoy is some kind of 'key' to explaining the universe. I have tried to analyze it, but it's like trying to re-contruct an atom. The song is too complex. Take the symbolism- 'a bear in the air'. Is this REALLY a police helicopter, or rather, a symbol of big brother's watchful eye, looking down on us all. This song, in the 70s, even predicted the computer age- CRASHED the GATE doing 98- who can forget Bill GATE's Windows 98, and how often it CRASHED!
    I can no longer post this message, for fear of what I'll find on the other side if I continue cracking this song's eternal message.
    cartmanspeedzoneon January 10, 2007   Link
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    General Commentcartmanspeedzone, you are too good man... i think i may elaborate on your apocalyptic summary of this song...

    'Was the dark of the moon on the sixth of June'

    It was the 6th of the 6th, possible reference to supposed number of the Devil, and it is a dark day.

    'I says, "Pig Pen, this here's the Rubber Duck.
    And I'm about to put the hammer down."'

    About to put the hammer down, or to pass jusdgement. So far it is a dark day on the 6th of the 6th and Jugement is being passed, widespread accross the most influential nation on earth.

    Now, it is said that in the final days, the Anit Christ will appear, and he will attract a great many followers very rapidly. Before we know it, there are 85 trucks, and very soon a thousand. Rubber Duck has been sent forth to destroy all in his path on the dark day of the 6th of the 6th... ANTICHRIST!!

    However, during this time of tribulation, people who realise that the apocolypse is approaching will turn to God and oppose this antichrist, and these are portrayed as Bears... theres even one in the sky! (Jesus). Soon there are a great number of them, and many fill the sky, (angels appear to fight the evil).

    however rubber duck and his followers hold hostage a bunch of christians by a dynamite filled truck (note there are eleven, number of faithful disciples of Jesus). eventually the trucks bear down on the bears at one final bridge and say we aint gonna pay no toll, ie, we are not going to give our lives to God. They break through the bridge and go forth upon the nation (or the earth) and wreak havoc, as is told in the Bible, where upon the Devil reigns for a thousnad years...

    and thus concludes my apocalyptic summary.



    NOTE: For Goforth311 and everyone like him, i too am joking. any resemblances between this song and the apocalyse will be fairly coincidental lol, smile.
    tunes841on August 26, 2007   Link
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    General CommentIt's not "Pig Pen", it's "Big Ben."
    jcreswellon May 11, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI think you will find its Pig Pen, note the line 'and a Jimmy haulin hogs'.

    There is also another version of this song, probably for the movie, starts of with something like

    Breaker one nine, this here's the Rubber Duck
    You got a copy on me Love Machine

    and towards the end with the bridge -

    and he sure drew fear as he grabbed a gear
    and stuck it in grandaddy low
    them guns went zoom and his ass went boom
    and the Mack took a terminal blow

    Can't remember the rest, but Mack is in reference to the Rubber Ducks Mack truck and Love Machine I think is the guys real CB Handle but got the nickname Pig Pen from the truckers due to him hauling pigs on the trip.
    Kizzon May 20, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI think you will find its Pig Pen, note the line 'and a Jimmy haulin hogs'.

    There is also another version of this song, probably for the movie, starts of with something like

    Breaker one nine, this here's the Rubber Duck
    You got a copy on me Love Machine

    and towards the end with the bridge -

    and he sure drew fear as he grabbed a gear
    and stuck it in grandaddy low
    them guns went zoom and his ass went boom
    and the Mack took a terminal blow

    Can't remember the rest, but Mack is in reference to the Rubber Ducks Mack truck and Love Machine I think is the guys real CB Handle but got the nickname Pig Pen from the truckers due to him hauling pigs on the trip.
    Kizzon May 20, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThis song is one of the funniest of all time...one of my all-time favorite one-hit wonder tunes as well.
    OpinionHeadon January 05, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis might be McCall's most popular song, but it is by no means a "one-hit wonder." Many of his other songs are as entertaining as "Convoy." Examples:
    "Old Home Fill 'Er Up An' Keep On A-Truckin' Cafe" as well as "Wolf Creek Pass."
    tantalumtellurideon January 26, 2005   Link
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    General Commentthis is the most played song on my computer
    it's so great
    deadsaltysnailon April 23, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis might be McCall's most popular song, but it is by no means a "one-hit wonder."

    Yes, it is... a one-hit wonder is an artist who releases only one song that is a "hit" a "hit" being a song that was 1) released as a single 2) made the charts (it doesn't hit the charts if it's not a single) and 3) went pretty damn high on the charts, almost always to #1. That artist will have never released a "hit" before or after their one-hit, therefore, they are one-hit wonders. just because people liked other songs by that artist doesn't mean they're not one-hit wonders. Think about it: both Jimi Hendrix and the Grateful Dead are one-hit wonders...
    lzphishheadon December 07, 2006   Link

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