Sunday, November 05, 2006

Corb Lund and the Hurtin' Albertans

The Truck Got Stuck

the chev got stuck and the ford got stuck
got the chev unstuck when the dodge showed up
but the dodge got stuck in the tractor rut
which eventually pulled out the ford

more rain than we'd seen for a thousand years
caused financial joys and biblical fears
it caused some smiles, it caused some tears
but more to the point of our story
for the first time in the collective memory that old brown prairie
that had been so dry for so long was very muddy, boggy, sticky

well we'd pull one truck out get another stuck in
motors would roar, tires would spin
we'd sink right down, down to the diff
we'd all take turns and then do it again
till no one could move then call one more friend
come on out here, we need ya, bring your truck.

It's got a banjo .. hard to go wrong with a banjo. But even so this is a fun song with a catchy chorus - it's what country music is supposed to be. I'd never heard of the Corb Lund Band until this song played on Boot Liquor Radio ...

Roughest Neck Around

It's 35 below or its 98 above
And he's workin' thru it all, cuz baby this is what he loves
Drives a hundred-fifty miles make sure his kids are doin' fine
And he sees 'em when he can but he's married to his iron

You'd better hire him on, he's the roughest neck around
He got the power in his hands to pull the dragons from the ground

Ya. I'm not normally enthralled with 'working man' songs - you get the feeling all the guy has done is play in bars for a few years and, ya, it's work but it's not exactly grubbing around in a blizzard driving a Cat (pot, meet kettle). Anyway I don't get that vibe with these guys. Either the real deal or they're good at faking it - I'll bet on the former.

Videos here, for what it's worth.
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