Today is June 6th. Many people think of this as the anniversary of D Day, the day in WWII the allies stormed the beaches of Europe in 1944. In truth, one of the most important days of the last century.
However, for your buddy Mountainstroh, it brings to mind something completely different. It is the opening line of the song Convoy…
Back in 1975, I was 11, the oldest of 4 living in Nuremberg Germany. My dad was in the army, and he was stationed over there. At the time we had a big van that had wall to wall, floor to ceiling shag carpet. It had a drivers and passenger seat, and a bed in the back for us kids to ride on. There were no other seats.
Editors note: Back in 75 seatbelts and bike helmets were pretty much unheard of. Damn, it’s a miracle we survived!
In the buffalo (which is what we called the van) was an 8 track tape player. (For those younger than me, I will let you google that….) One of the tapes we had was CW McCall’s greatest hits. Which, of course, included the song Convoy!
For those of you who may never have heard it or don’t remember, here you go!
We kids LOVED that tape! We knew all the lyrics by heart of every song, and would sing it whenever we played it!
Listening to that song ‘taught’ me how to speak on the CB radio. When we got back to the states I would spend hours out in our Jeep Cherokee listening and talking on the CB. My dads handle was the Cherokee Wheeler and I was the Miniwheeler. Truth be told, I can’t remember any conversations I had, but I had a great time doing to. I would hold the mic, and in my head I was the Rubber Duck talking to all my trucker friends!
As the years went by, the CB radio went by the wayside. I no longer hung out in the car talking to strangers…
Funny though, I always had a copy of the song with in my possession.
The 8 track moved on to the cassette tape. In college, I had the LP. Back in the long years of the green station wagon.
I had the CD. When the song would come on, without fail, I would hear CW McCAll would say, “So we crashed the gate, doing 98, I said ‘Let them truckers roll 10-4!!”” I would always shift gears just as the truckers would do! Ok, yes, I was in my 40s but there are just somethings that revert you to your childhood days…
Speaking of kids, both the Manchild and the Mathmajor grew from infant to damn near adult listening to this song with me. I would be very surprised if they couldn’t sing it word for word with me today.
After I stopped with the CD’s. The song is now on my iTunes play list, and no lie, I just had Alexa play the song as I typed this. That is 43 years of listening to the same song!!
No one will ever be able to explain to me why a song about a bunch of trucks heading cross-country and speeding, all the while talking on the CB has taken over a spot in my heart. But it is there and will never be replaced. When I hear it playing, so many good memories from so many parts of my life come to the forefront. I just can’t help but smile.
So on this 6th of June I will leave you with the opening lines to the song:
Ah, breaker one-nine, this here’s the Rubber Duck. You gotta copy on me, Big Ben, c’mon? Ah, yeah, 10-4, Pig Pen, for sure, for sure. By golly, it’s clean clear to Flag Town, c’mon. Yeah, that’s a big 10-4 there, Pig Pen, yeah, we definitely got the front door, good buddy. Mercy sakes alive, looks like we got us a convoy…
This is the one Miniwheeler, I am 10-10 and 10-8 on the side, we gone, bye bye!!