Taj Mahal – Six Days On The Road

I got ten forward gears and a sweet Georgia overdrive
I’m taking little white pills and my eyes are open wide

I’ve heard this song by dozens of other artists. I’ve heard country and rock versions…and country/rock versions of it. The first time I heard it was on Altamont when the Flying Burrito Brothers were playing it. It is often referenced as one of the first trucker songs.

Taj Mahal is the stage name of Henry Saint Clair Fredericks, one of the more prominent blues musicians of the late 20th century who is noted for blending various genres from zydeko, reggae, jazz, and world beat together with the blues. He influenced Duane Allman’s slide guitar playing with his version of Statesboro Blues.

This song was originally written by Carl Montgomery and Earl Green, and originally performed by Dave Dudley, becoming Dudley’s first hit at #2 on the Billboard Country chart.

From Songfacts

“Six Days On The Road” may just be one of the most-covered songs in country music. Johnny Rivers’ cover in 1974 hit #58 on the Country charts and #105 on the Billboard Hot 100. Steve Earle’s cover in 1988 hit #29 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart, and was used in the film Planes, Trains and Automobiles. Sawyer Brown’s cover in 1997 hit #13 on the Country chart, and they titled their album after it. Dozens, perhaps even hundreds, of other covers exist.

Six Days On The Road

I pulled out of Pittsburgh an I rolling down the eastern seaboard
I’ve got my diesel wound up and she’s running like she never did before
There’s a speed zone ahead all right, I don’t see a cop in sight
Six days upon the road and I gotta see my baby tonight
I got ten forward gears and a sweet Georgia overdrive
I’m taking little white pills and my eyes are open wide
Just passed a Jimmy and a White, I’ve been passing everything in sight
Six days upon the road and I gotta see my baby tonight
It seems like a month since I kissed my baby bye bye
I got a lot of woman but I’m not like some of the guys

Got my air horns running clear
Baby you oughta watch the way I shift my gears
Six days upon the road and I gotta see my baby tonight
ICC is checking on down the line
Honey you know I’m a little overweight and my log books way behind
But nothing bothers a soul at night, I can dodge them scales all right
Six days upon the road and I gotta see my baby tonight
My rigs a little old but it don’t mean she’s slow
There’s a good flame coming from her smokestack and the smoke’s black as coal
My home town coming in sight, if you think I’m happy baby baby baby your right
Six days upon the road and I gotta see my baby tonight

Author: badfinger20 (Max)

Power Pop fan, Baseball fan, old movie and tv show fan... and a songwriter, bass and guitar player.

19 thoughts on “Taj Mahal – Six Days On The Road”

  1. Six Days On The Road was first recorded and released by Paul Davis in 1961. The band that I am familiar with that did this song is The New Riders of the Purple Sage and they did it with Jerry Garcia playing petal steel.

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    1. I would have loved to see him. He combines all of those styles together. I bet you saw quite a few concerts there.

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      1. Only a couple, the other was BB King. There had been a club on campus called Amazingrace that used to bring national acts in; it was chased off and took up residence in downtown Evanston. I saw a few shows there: Ry Cooder, Gary Burton (with Pat Metheny), Steve Goodman (with Jethro Burns and Martin, Bogan, and Armstrong), and a few others.

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      2. That is still great…Ry Cooder would have been great as well. BB King…John I could kick myself. He had a club in Nashville he played a lot and I never saw him.
        I would have thought some of big rock groups of that day would have gone through there.

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      3. Amazingrace wasn’t really set up to deal with the number of people a big national act mighht have brought. Some of the other Chicago folkies, like John Prine, Jim Post, and Bonnie Koloc played there, and I think some of the local New Wave bands were booked in there toward the end. It closed with little notice given in the early ’80’s.

        I did see the Grateful Dead at McGaw Hall (the basketball gym) when I was in high school. They had to put it there because the crowd was just too big for anywhere else on campus…

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      4. Seeing the Grateful Dead in the seventies would have been great. To me that was their best period.
        I would have loved to see Prine.

        Nashville couldn’t get the big bands…they had no where for them to play except the Municipal Auditorium and it seated 9,000…but the Stones, Who or any of them didn’t come until the 90s when Vanderbilt opened their football field to bands to play. The Stones came anyway.

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      1. I don’t recall this one at all. My dad liked Cash but, he wasn’t really into country. If he ever heard this, he never bought the song or an album with it and never mentioned it.

        I’ve never run across it. You introduced me to something new. Sounds like something Dan & I would have danced to over a decade ago.

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