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Posted By: Jim Dixon
03-Jul-20 - 12:28 PM
Thread Name: Thoughts on Si Kahn's songs
Subject: Lyr Add: TRUCK DRIVIN' WOMAN (Si Kahn)
My transcription, but I'm pretty sure of all the words, except for the first one, which I think Si may have stumbled over. Anyway, "When you…" is a perfectly reasonable way to start this line. However, is this route realistic? Hauling steel through Georgia to Pittsburgh? Coming from where?

As recorded by Si Kahn on "New Wood" (1974)

[When you](?) see me on the highway and you nearly shift your load,
You take another look, good buddy, and you nearly leave the road.
Ain't you never seen a truck-drivin' woman?—ninety pounds o' fire in a five-foot frame.
Then you better move on over 'cause I'm right behind you in the left-hand lane.

Well, when you see me in the truck stop, and my long hair hangs in curls,
Don't you try to buy my coffee, 'cause I ain't no good-time girl.
No, I'm a truck drivin' mama, five children waitin' when I end my run,
And I gotta get movin'; gotta be in Georgia with the risin' sun.

So when you see me on the highway and you hear my diesel moan,
Don't you whistle at me, buddy, 'cause you know I'm not alone.
I've got my old man beside me workin' together; that's the way we feel.
Hey, I'm a truck-drivin' woman; nighthawk to Pittsburgh with a load of steel.

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Also recorded by:
Bobbie McGee on "Bread and Raises: Songs for Working Women" (1981)
Labor Theater on "Bottom Line: A Comedy Revue with Music on Reaganomics" (1984)--with significant changes in the lyrics.
Barbara Dane on "Hot Jazz, Cool Blues & Hard-Hitting Songs" (2018)
Saro Lynch Thomason and Sam Gleaves on "I Have Known Women: Songs by Si Kahn Celebrating Women's Lives and Struggles" (2020)

Other songs with the same title are sung by:
Philomena Begley – various – lots of other Irish country singers have recorded this.
Homesick James on "The Last of the Broomdusters" (1998)
Phil Whiting on "As Country as I Can Get" (2018)
Twang Dragons on "3 Chords and a Lie" (2014)