Truckin

Recordings

December 17, 1973

Chords

Intro
1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4
E7       E7       E7       E7      
Verses
1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4
E7       E7       E7       E7      
E       A       B       A      
Chorus
1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4
A       D   A   G   D/F#   A      
A       D   A   G   D/F#   A      
D       B   F#   B F#            
A       A       E       E      

Structure

Lyrics


1b. Truckin', got my chips cashed in
Keep truckin', like the do-dah man
Together, more or less in line
Just keep truckin' on


2a. Arrows of neon and flashing marquees out on Main Street
Chicago, New York, Detroit and it's all on the same street
Your typical city involved in a typical daydream
Hang it up and see what tomorrow brings

2b. Dallas, got a soft machine
Houston, too close to New Orleans
New York got the ways and means
But just won't let you be


3a. Most of the cats that you meet on the street speak of true love
But most of the time they're sittin' and cryin' at home
One of these days they know they got to get goin'
Out of the door and down on the street all alone

3b. Truckin', like the do-dah man
Once told me, you got to play your hand
Sometimes the cards ain't worth a dime
If you don't lay 'em down.

c. Sometimes the light's all shinin' on me
Other times I can barely see
Lately it occurs to me
What a long, strange trip it's been


4a. What in the world ever became of sweet Jane?
She lost her sparkle, you know she isn't the same
Livin' on reds, vitamin C, and cocaine
All a friend can say is, ain't it a shame

4b. Truckin', up to Buffalo
Been thinkin': you got to mellow slow
Takes time to pick a place to go
And just keep truckin' on


5a. Sittin' and starin' out of the hotel window
Got a tip they're gonna kick the door in again
I'd like to get some sleep before I travel
But if you got a warrant, I guess you're gonna come in

5b. Busted, down on Bourbon Street
Set up, like a bowlin' pin
Knocked down, it gets to wearin' thin
They just won't let you be


6a. You're sick of hangin' around and you'd like to travel
Get tired of travelin' and you want to settle down
I guess they can't revoke your soul for tryin'
Get out of the door and light out and look all around

c. Sometimes the light's all shinin' on me
Other times I can barely see
Lately it occurs to me
What a long, strange trip it's been

6b. Truckin', I'm a-goin' home
Whoa whoa baby, back where I belong
Back home, sit down and patch my bones
And get back truckin' on.