"The General Lee" as written by and Cash/bresh....
I'm a charger that charges through the night,
Like an orange bolt of lightning passing everything in sight.
I'm the best pal that you boys ever had,
I'm thunder on the highway lookin' bad, bad, bad.

I'm a knight, like the kind in shining armor,
With my polished body gleaming, I'm a fighter and a charmer.
If trouble comes your way just ask for me,
My friends all know me as General Lee.

I'm the Gerneral Lee,
A pistol pumpin', steel belted cavalry.
I'll never let you down when you're riding with me;
Buckle up and I'll show you what I mean.
Take a look back there:
Sirens blownin', red lights flashin' everywhere;
We'll cross the fields and we'll be running free,
They'll eat dust compliments of me:

The General Lee

I'm a hero, and that's how I'll make you feel
When you're riding shotgun with me and the law is at your heels.
I'm glory bound, but when the chase is done,
I'll take off through the mountains and have fun, fun, fun.

I've got style, tearing through the curves;
Let my flag wave proudly to the people that I serve.
I'm number one, and I will always be
The pride of the South they call the General Lee.

I'm the Gerneral Lee,
A pistol pumpin', steel belted cavalry.
I'll never let you down when you're riding with me;
Buckle up and I'll show you what I mean.
Take a look back there:
Sirens blownin', red lights flashin' everywhere;
I'll jump that pond and we'll be running free,
And they'll go swimmin', compliments of me:

The General Lee
The General Lee
General Lee


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"The General Lee" as written by Cash Bresh

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  • +1
    General CommentThe idea of a civil war train but there are a few lines that point to it being the Dukes of Hazzard General Lee:
    "I'm a charger that charges through the night"-The General Lee was a Dodge Charger
    "Like an orange bolt of lightning passing everything in sight"-the General Lee was orange
    "I'm thunder on the highway lookin' bad, bad, bad"-last i heard trains couldn't travel on highways
    among others
    Fernie77on August 30, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti dont see how anyone could have
    a doubtful thought about what this song
    is about.
    it's clearly about the car, The General Lee,
    off of The Dukes of Hazard.
    :]
    danaxdrugfaceon May 12, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI agree that this song is about the The Dukes of Hazard.
    Maybe this phrase
    "A PISTOL pumpin', ..." couldn´t be "A PISTON pumpin'"?
    And "Buckle up..." is the final sentence that this song really means to the car of the movie!
    Eltigreon August 30, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is written from the cars perspective, Johnny Cash IS The General Lee in this song, so yeah Eltigre, it is indeed piston pumping and it is not 'steel belted cavolry' it is "steel beltin- cavolry" referring to the speed at which the help arrives.


    I love: 'and the law is at your heels'
    saawanjon January 21, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI'll set the record straight on this one.. It is all about the General Lee, the car. I was asked to write it for the Dukes album. I was told to write it from the car's perspective for Johnny Cash to sing as HE would be the General Lee. It was a thrill hearing my lyrics and melody come from that iconic voice.
    breshmanon April 07, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentits about being a rebel and having your friends there when you need them. Southern comfert and moonshine, "the american way" or just a fun song about the star of "dukes of hazard"...the general lee:-)
    durham-redon February 14, 2006   Link
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    General Commentseeing as how Johnny Cash did both a number of train ballads as well as civil war songs i'm going to combine the two and say that this is a ballad for "The General Lee," a steam locomotive that the confederates used during the civil war...


    but with the references to "Sirens blownin', red lights flashin' everywhere," "When you're riding shotgun with me and the law is at your heels," i can see how it might relate to the Dukes of Hazard car
    callaway4986on June 27, 2006   Link

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