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Author:  Brian
E-mail:  bjhighley56@btinternet.com
Date:  7/25/2016 4:34:22 PM
Subject:  Bugger Red Blues (The Truck Song) – Who / What is
Message:  ‘…My get up and go got up and gone, gone, gone
Lord they took my pickup truck they done me wrong
If I could lay my calloused hands on them three thievin’ clowns
Well I’d sure plant me somethin’ in this burned up Georgia ground…’

Mickey spoke about doing much of his writing when he was at a lower point, emotionally or psychologically. However this song surely shows a writer in wicked good humour.

Mickey’s introduction to the song on the ‘Live At Montezuma Hall’ album is terrific fun and genuinely funny. What is this ‘Bugger Red’ character that every town or village has?

Every line of the song adds to the picture that makes me smile. I can see this slightly cartoonish, betrayed backwoodsman bent on bloody revenge. We’re on his side. We want him to win. The only victory he really seeks is the return of his truck: quite poignant.

‘   I got them come home latelys
Go to bed earlys
Good God I miss my truck...’

 Bugger Red Blues (The Truck Song) – Who / What is  by Brian  at 7/25/2016 4:34:22 PM
 Re: Bugger Red Blues (The Truck Song) – Who / W... by Craig at 8/6/2016 4:59:47 PM