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Monday, 2000 November 6 : Volume 3, Number 39

What We Got Here

Happy Birthday To Bill: you didn't forget, did you? Another Internet tour in Surfin' With The Rubber Duck. The latest C.W. Sighting. And the Song A’ Th’ Week is a slightly corny pop tune, "Four Wheel Drive".


Happy Birthday To Bill, Happy Birthday To Bill

Yes, it's that time of the year when the congregation gathers to celebrate the birth of its founder. No, not that 2000-year-old Middle Eastern guy; we're talking about Bill Fries, the lyrical half of C.W. McCall.

Bill was born on 15 November 1928 in a town called Audubon, but you can now find him retired in Ouray, Colorado. If you want to send birthday greetings, the address is P.O. Box E, Ouray, CO 81427-0589.


Surfin' With The Rubber Duck

The Duck hasn't been getting wet for a while, and since the migrating Canadian Geese have laid seige to his pond he's decided to check the waters elsewhere.

 


C.W. Sighting

Well, sort of. Bob Rivers, of "Twisted Radio" fame, has recorded a parody of "Convoy", entitled "Chat Room". On his web site you can view a Flash animation of the song; and the MP3 audio track is out there on Napster.

And, we sent e-mail to Bob, thanking him for his work:

Bob,

Thank you for recording "Chat Room". I and the other fans of C.W. McCall are happy to know that someone else still remembers the world's greatest songwriter, even if they're dissing his classic poetry.

Ed.

--
Edward Floden <mailto:ed@cw-mccall.com>
C.W. McCall: An American Legend <http://www.techren.net/mccall/>
The World's Original C.W. McCall Web Site

Thanks to Chris Doyle for the lead, and the MP3.


Song A’ Th’ Week

Continuing the Fries/Davis compositions from A to Z...

Another adventure in four-wheeling.

Four Wheel Drive
(Bill Fries, Chip Davis)
From the album Wolf Creek Pass

We is screamin' through the valley
Where the Nishnabotna flows
Through the mud and crud and cornfields
Where the mari-ju-wana grows
'Cross the railroad tracks of Persia
Down the hills and up the dale
Had a CJ-5 with a four-wheel drive
And Smokey on my tail.

Well, he picked me up at exit 12
On the I-six-eighty ramp
I was doin' 67 per
When I rumbled through his trap
He commenced to whirl his flashin' lights
And he made his siren wail
I slipped on down to four-wheel drive
With Smokey on my tail

Now I got racin' stripes and dual pipes
And Smokey's got a Ford
Got a mill with a four pot carb, you know
But Smokey's stroked and bored
Well, the chase was on, but I had the edge
With a rig that'll never fail
Got a CJ-5 with a four-wheel drive
And Smokey on my tail

Yeah, he was.

Well, I dropped on down to granny low
And I made a hard right turn
My big ol' fat Commando tires
Went slashin' through the corn
Well, the tassels blew
And the kernels flew
And it looked like yella hail
Just cookin' alive in a four-wheel drive
With Smokey on my tail

Well, we went screamin' through the valley
Where the Nishnabotna flows
Through the mud and crud and cornfields
Where the mari-ju-wana grows
'Cross the railroad tracks of Persia
Up the hills and down the dales
My CJ-5 with four-wheel drive
And Smokey on my tail.

[Imagine a series of comic-style thought balloons.]

Look out, now. Here we come.

Oh, we gonna get it on now.

(Don't hit that fella with the banjo.)

We gonna swim this here creek now, Smokey. [Pronounced "crick", of course.]

Yard wide and a foot deep.

"Nishnabota River", they call it.

Might haveta winch out.

Gonna do a wheelie on that there gopher mound now, Smokey.

Can you dig it, Smokey?

Got four on the floor and four in the air on that one, didn't we?

Goodness gracious. 'Bout ta bust my shocks.

[Back to our regularly-scheduled rhyming. Add the sound of wailing sirens.]

Well, that Jeep of mine made Smokey whine
His rig was made of lead
He was mired in fourteen feet of mud
So he radioed ahead
I pulled up onto the blacktop
Went crashin' on through the rail
Sakes alive! I had twenty-five more
Smokeys on my tail!

Now I had racin' stripes and dual pipes
And Smokey had a Ford
Had a mill with a four pot carb, you know
But Smokey's stroked and bored
Well, the race was on, but I had the edge
With a rig that'll never fail
Got a CJ-5 with a four-wheel drive
Settin' out back a' the jail


"Four Wheel Drive" can be found on the album C.W. McCall’s Greatest Hits.


The Legend-News is Copyright 2000 TechRen Enterprises. Movies That Have Never Been Made: "Kong With The Wind", in which a giant ape eats a giant bowl of chili with beans. Thanks to Bill Fries and Chip Davis for the words and music.