Big Girl Truck

Big Girl Truck

Robyn Mackenzie's picture
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So the prompt that I pulled for today's skirmish was actually one of @IA's Bard Cards. The theme was "vehicle," with the optional prompts of changing the tempo dramatically and/or writing in 7/8. I wasn't brave enough to attempt either of those in an hour, so I just stuck with the vehicle prompt.

About a year ago, my little Dodge Avenger got sandwiched and crushed into an unrecognizable mess (although the 33-key Casio in the trunk miraculously survived). I ended up with my grandfather's truck, a big Ford F-150 with a camper shell and lots of bumper stickers. It's gigantic and heavy and loud and it's like driving a yacht. So I decided to write about that. It's a fairly rough demo, but that's okay. The solo was made using the "musical typing" feature in Garageband.

Lyrics: 

Boys, look out, I'm coming to town
Gonna bring the thunder, gonna blow you down
You say that I can't really drive
But at least I always make it out alive

Boys, be careful, 'cause I'm on my way
Gotta make the border by the end of the day
You're falling behind, better try to catch up
'Cause no one can touch me in my big girl truck

Silly boys, silly boys
I'm feeling fine in my ride, you know it ain't a toy
Silly boys, silly boys
Gonna rev my engine, make some noise

6-cylinder engine, 2002
Still it runs like a charm and it's faster than you
You wanna be cool, but you're outta luck
'Cause no one can touch me in my big girl truck

The engine's humming, she purrs like a lion
I'm winning all the races though I'm barely trying
Check my bumper stickers and bite my dust
You know I can never ever get enough

Silly boys, silly boys
I'm feeling fine in my ride, you know it ain't a toy
Silly boys, silly boys
Gonna rev my engine, make some noise

It's poetry in motion, I know I got style
You think that you can beat me, well you're in denial
Lowrider hydraulics, well I don't give a ffff-udge
'Cause no one can touch me in my big girl truck
Yeah, no one can touch me in my big girl truck
Yeah, no one can touch me in my big girl truck



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Comments

Tim Fatchen's picture

I'm all for old F-150s with a camper shell on the back! And this has the hefty F-150 vibe, mixed in with a bit of the old surf sound (all that's missing is the vibe-laden strat!). AND I love the serious mechanical aspects spelt out to put those airhead lads in their place! (piano is a nice touch). Cheers for the chorus! (Helps that my daughter, who's tiny, drives a big girl truck!) Downloaded!

ductapeguy's picture

Fabulous! This is a great truck driving. I was singing along on Big Girl Truck every time it came around.

AndyGetch's picture

Such a fun alt-country vibe and the lyrics are super clever for a skirrrrrrrmish. My dad had a mid-60's F-100 and then mid-70's F-150 when I was a kid (I even helped him and learned how to do basic car work on them) and this brings back a lot of memories. Well done and thanks for hosting!

mikehex's picture

Can I confess I'm a bit relieved that others found the 7/8 with dramatic tempo changes challenging to tackle in an hour? This is a great song, love the whole feel of it, but especially the chorus with that second vocal.

cleanshoes's picture

Ooh, this is great. Classic country swing with a lot of sass. Super vocals and piano solo. Always impressed by people who can come up with something this good for a skirmish!

tjeff's picture

Classic road song with a great rockin' groove, super title and hook that has me singing it still. Amazing writing for a skirmish, fantastic work. Nice harmony in the chorus.

Zeekle's picture

Ahh, how cool. Gotta bounce to it. I know nothing about trucks, but really loved listening to this.

yam655's picture

Your skirmish song came out very nice! Well done!

I lived in Arizona for a few years, and trucks in the southwest did seem to be pretty common. It makes it easy to picture such a vehicle. I just hope your grandfather had good bumper stickers and not embarrassing ones.