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Jerry Reed - East Bound and Down

The song counts as lead vocal with Jerry Reed and vocalist Gordon Stoker of the Jordanaires in vocal harmony. The song was 16 weeks on the list, reaching the number two position.

Song written by Jerry Reed and Dick Feller, and produced by Jerry himself, was recorded in August 1977, for the RCA label, the song counts as lead vocal with Jerry Reed and vocalist Gordon Stoker of the Jordanaires in vocal harmony. The song was 16 weeks on the list, reaching the number two position. It was included in the album of East Bound and Down (RCA 1977) and the soundtrack of Smokey and the Bandit (MCA 1977). A luxury soundtrack , where Burt Reynolds himself also sings.

The song was part of the soundtrack of the film, Smokey and the Bandit, Jerry apart from singing the main theme, he acts in the movie, like Cledus Snow, with Burt Reynolds and Sally Field. If there was ever a song from a movie soundtrack that told the story of the movie in just a few verses, it was “Eastbound and Down” The song told the story of transporting illegal beer through state lines and, what is worse, breaking the speed limits during the journey. The movie was a blockbuster in 1977

 

The “… and below” in the title and the lyrics is the CB radio jargon for “I’ve finished transmitting, but I’m still listening to the channel.” “[Direction] limit and below” remains a common signature for truckers on CB radio. 

 

 

Some versions :

 

Dave Dudley 1980 ( Sun Records )

The Road Hummers 2008 ( Montage Music Group )

Me first and Gimme Gimmes 2008 ( Fat Wreck Chords )

Aaron Watson 2009 ( Big Lebel Group )

Aaron Tippin 2009 ( Nippit Records )

Midland 2018 ( Big Machine Label Group, LLC )

Jerry Reed – East Bound And Down Lyrics

 

East bound and down load it up and truck it

We gonna do what they say can’t be done

We’ve got a long way to go and a short time to get there

I’m east bound just watch ol’ Bandit run

 

Keep your foot hard on the pedal son never mind them brakes

Let it all hang out cause we got a run to make

The boys are thirsty in Atlanta and there’s beer in Texarkana

And we’ll bring it back no matter what it takes

 

East bound and down load it up and truck it…

 

East bound and down load it up and truck it…

 

Ol’ Smokey’s got them ears on he’s hot on your trail

He ain’t gonna rest till you’re in jail

So you got to dodge ‘im and you got to duck ‘im

You got to keep that diesel truckin’

Just put that hammer down and give it hell

 

East bound and down load it up and truck it…



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