Paul Davis - SIX DAYS ON THE ROAD

First performance: 14/05/1971


Coverinfo

1971-05-14 - SUNSHINE IN, ASBURY PARK, NJ
 
Written on the setlist as "Dave Dudley", the third song is actually "Six Days On The Road", the 1963 hit made famous by country music singer Dave Dudley. The song is a celebration of the American trucker and was covered regularly on the Jersey-shore in the 1970s by many bands, including Albee Tellone's Hired Hands. Performed by Dr. Zoom & The Sonic Boom .It was one show, triple bill. This is the first of only two performances ever of Dr. Zoom & The Sonic Boom (the other show was outdoors the following day). Much of the long-standing confusion about how many Dr. Zoom shows were performed stems from the fact that some people count the March-April gigs as Dr. Zoom events, while others don’t count them. Technically speaking they weren’t Dr. Zoom shows, but they did contain most of the musicians and the same party-like atmosphere. The members of Dr. Zoom & The Sonic Boom were Springsteen, Steven Van Zandt (guitar), David Sancious (keyboards), Garry Tallent (bass), Vini Lopez(drums and backing vocals), Southside Johnny (harmonica and vocals), Bobby Williams (drums), Albee 'Albany Al' Tellone (tenor saxophone), and Bobby Feigenbaum (alto saxophone). There was also an eight-member backing vocal troupe nicknamed "The Zoomettes", consisting of Jeannie Clark, Robin Nash, Connie Manser, Fifi Longo, Sherl Tallent, Kevin Kavanaugh, Steve Large, and John Luraschi. The MC was Kevin "Bird" Connair. Big Danny Gallagher handled the on-stage props. Danny Federici was not involved in the Dr. Zoom shows.
 
 


The ten-song setlist has been culled from a document (in Bruce’s handwriting) that is probably the song schedule for this debut Dr. Zoom gig.
 
 

Songinfo

"Six Days on the Road" is an American song written by Earl Green and Muscle Shoals Sound Studio songwriter Carl Montgomery, made famous by country music singer Dave Dudley. The song was initially recorded by Paul Davis (not to be confused with singer-songwriter Paul Davis) and was released in 1961 on the Bulletin label. In 1963, the song became a major hit when released by Dave Dudley, peaking at #2 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart and cracking the Top 40 (#32) on the Hot 100, leading to it being hailed as the definitive celebration of the American truck driver.
 
 
 

Bruce on the artist

Lyrics

 
Well I pulled outta Pittsburgh
A rollin' down that Eastern Seaboard
I got my diesel wound up
And she's a runnin' like a never before
There's a speed zone ahead, well alright
I don't see a cop in sight
Six days on the road
And I'm a gonna make it home tonight

I got me ten forward gears
And a Georgia overdrive
I'm takin' little white pills
And my eyes are open wide
I just passed a Jimmy and a White
I been a passin' everything in sight
Six days on the road
And I'm a gonna make it home tonight

Well it seems like a month
Since I kissed my baby goodbye
I could have a lotta women
But I'm not like a some other guys
I could find one to hold me tight
But I could never make believe it's alright
Six days on the road
And I'm a gonna make it home tonight

ICC is a checkin' on down the line
Well I'm a little overweight
And my log book's a way behind
But nothin' bothers me tonight
I can dodge all the scales alright
Six days on the road
And I'm a gonna make it home tonight

Well my rig's a little old
But that don't mean she's slow
There's a flame from her stack
And that smoke's a blowin' black as coal
My hometown's a comin' in sight
If you think I'm a happy you're right
Six days on the road
And I'm a gonna make it home tonight
Six days on the road
And I'm a gonna make it home tonight
Six days on the road
And I'm a gonna make it home tonight