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We sang every song that driver knew ---- you and Bobby McGee Be Re-Born Love each other

Updated on August 18, 2013

Janis Joplin road my truck and wrote a song

LIfe is tough but some tough folk make it better.
LIfe is tough but some tough folk make it better. | Source

Life is tough as a truck driver it is lonely and gives you too much time to think.

It was raining down cats and dogs and I was headed out on a long haul. My girl just left me. Heck why would she love a busted up cowboy who had to drive an 18 wheeler Peterbuilt down country roads just to miss the weigh stations and make an extra buck.

Feeling good enough would have been good enough. I had a busted back and some head broke stuff. But I could drink coffee and take aspirin enough to get by.

I had one wheel I was worried about -- it seemed to have taken a rock hard back by Flag Town. My CB was wide open and I was cussin that politician out of Tulsa Town who just moved there from Dallas.

14 hours later I was blasting 70 out of Baton Rouge on a down hill run. Headed out on the comeback to New Orleans. Movin a load of pork bellies I do remember.

And there the were. Janis and a boy named Bobby

I like this version from pink but we will do Janis later

I threw on my brakes and let those 20 thousand pounds settle a bit

(big trucks have what we call air brakes it ain't in the peddle or the metal)

Then I released the air brakes and shifted down through 8 gears and hit my brakes. It takes some work to bring tons to a stop. But I was feeling blue. And the speed I had been taking was wearin thin. So I stopped and picked up this couple just before the big rain hit hard. As soon as they hopped in the reefer smoke wafted off of them.

I was over weight and so on a back road. And then that gal Janis pulled a harpoon out of a dirty red bandanna. I told her I liked the radio. She flipped it off and started making some music that my pappy taught me.... I reckon she played every song this old driver knew.

I think you might like this version

I guess I am dead

I died back in them days. You know it is pretty easy to die. Ya just close your eyes and let everything just float away. Freedom is not worth nothing but it was good enough Back then I had the right and the freedom to die. Dying ain't so bad. We just give up and say "take me with it" and then drift away.

I am happy to have died back then. And I am just as happy to be alive today.

I do reckon that is what them funny bible thumpin Christians call "born again". But I was not born again for Christ. I was born for more coal mines of Kentucky and avalanches in Colorado. Nope that did not make me die again but I did.

We smoked, drank and we learned. Sex is not free. Fear takes it's toll and then we die. You may think dying to a way of life is easy. But it takes a toll, a heavy toll. I have some serious scars on my heart.

Here is the real one

We Die, We Live and there is so much more to do.

Janis left us to soon and chose not to come back? Bull. I think she came back as my first wife. No No No not really. But I am trying to get a point across here. Do you love this life enough to come back?

Maybe it is an addiction or alcoholism or a messy divorce or just old age. Come back please and love me and Bobby for we are not done yet and we want your company

We love you and know you love us. It would be nice to have you around.

Me I died hard and rose again twice. This one has been around awhile and has children and a great wife. Every day I fight other peoples problems, from court to loss of faith to debt reconstruction. And it is a good life because as Bobby taught us we are bold to say. Thanks for another day.


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    • Ericdierker profile image

      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      It was a wild decade.

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      Rosemary Sadler 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      I enjoyed reading this, interesting story and loved the videos

    • Ericdierker profile image

      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      It was a fun piece to write. But a bit genre specific. I very happy my friend from Wales liked it.

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      Such a wonderful read with great video clips to round off nicely. Have a wonderful day.


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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I got her -- she just got back from Mongolia travelling and she is a nanny in DC. She got dual degrees from Berekely. And she looks like a modern day Coconut. She can dance your socks off and she knows every time is party time.

      She could do the bit. But are you Bing or Bob?

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      epigramman 4 years ago

      Perhaps we should do a road movie together like Bing Crosby and Bob Hope but who will be our Dorothy Lamour?

    • Ericdierker profile image

      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Oh Epi we are so lucky to have our life and each other.

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      epigramman 4 years ago there's a great song - kinda reminds me of my life, lol.

      The story goes that Kris landed his helicopter on Johnny Cash's front lawn and handed him this song to record and it won Johnny - record of the year. Yeah Kris is one heck of a great songwriter.

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Rita lent us her husband:

      And he helped learn dirty down blues. Thank you Epi.

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      epigramman 4 years ago

      When I first heard this song Sir Eric I was just a snot nosed kid. How would I know what it was about? That goes for so many songs when you're younger because they mean more to you when you've lived that life or at least when you're older you've had a life experience and can perhaps relate.

      It's one of my favorite songs as written by Kris Kristofferson and most of his songs would be over my head as a kid but many of them literally stop me in my tracks now and sometimes make my cry. He is definitely one of my favorite songwriters.

      Of course Janis owns the song with her signature delivery as much as Billie Holiday owned every song she ever sang.

      Thank you for putting your trademark personal touches all over this song and I will enlightened the Facebook crowd now with a post of this wonderful hub presentation and send you good wishes from the three of us - Colin, Tiffy and Gabriel at lake erie time canada 3:23pm

      p.s. - listening to Kid Creole and the Coconuts last night as I own all of their earlier albums on record vinyl.

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Glad to be here writing for my best friends like you.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Really enjoyed this write here. Glad you shared your interesting story .Love Janis!!! Glad you are still alive.

      Bless you, Faith Reaper

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      This piece and my space is blessed by the best writer on pages. If you check the stats he is the greatest independent writer in the world. billybuc

      Oh sure last I checked I am in the top ten. But Bill Holland is in class by himself.

      He adopted me like he was and I am proud.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Great introduction, Eric! Your best piece of writing in my humble opinion...and the message...well, that's always top notch.

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Your heart keeps it turning my friend. Be good. First to yourself and love what has been so wonderfully been endowed to you. Your words are welcome always.

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      retief2000 4 years ago

      Nice piece of gentle inspiration. Sometimes telling a little story is all this old world needs to keep turning one more day.


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