What does "Keep on Truckin" mean?

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  1. Jason L.

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    I know this was brought up in a Simpsons episode, but what exactly does it mean?

    I think it has something to do with a character in a comic, but I am unsure.
     
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    I've seen that web page before...

    But what the hell does it mean?
     
  4. Henry Gale

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    Robert Crumb was the originator of this catchphrase. Crumb's great passion is early music, string bands, swing, hokum, etc.
    Much of the subject matter of this music was earthy in nature, dirty blues.
    My old friend Cliff Bruner recorded the first truck driver song, “Truck Driver Blues” back in the thirties. I’ve often thought this was mostly because he was recording lots of songs with the word “truck” in them.
    One example was, “Can’t Nobody Truck Like me.”

    You have heard of truckin’ over land and sea,
    But I’ll tell you baby, cain’t nobody truck like me…”


    Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen covered “Everybody’s Doin It”

    …Truckin’ Fuckin’ Everybody’s doin’ it now..”

    Which gets right to the point, Truck rhymes with F*c*!!

    Keep On Truckin'
     
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    Henry Gale, the CCLPA reference was what came to mind when I saw the topic. [​IMG]

    The catch phrase itself is a good version of "Carry On Carrying on", do your thang, etc.

    Truck is also a somewhat archaic word for trade and commerce.

    Interesting to hear of the "first" truck song. Before that there was Mule Train?
     
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    I always thought it meant not letting any bad thing break your stride...keep a stiff upper lip...keep on truckin'.
     
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    yeah, I always likened it to "keep on keepin' on". Meaning Keep on going and don't let any or anybody's crap stop you.
     
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    we can safely assume Jason has never heard of the Grateful Dead or smoked a joint [​IMG]

    keep on truckin.

    PS actually, while I was searching and browsing, someone had that in their sig, but cant remember who.
     
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    Man, somewhere I have a picture of me at elementary school age wearing my "Keep on Truckin'" shirt. Probably about the same time I had my USA bicentennial Olympics shirt. [​IMG]
     
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    "Keep on truckin'" -- keep on, keepin' on. Folks in trucks with many miles behind them, but still many miles before them. Whaddya do? Keep on truckin'.

    And truck drivin' songs... As a kid, I had a some relatives who were truckers. And at my grandparents' I'd listen to truck songs on 8-track [​IMG]

    My favorite:
    Wolf Creek Pass
     
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    Whippersnappers![​IMG]

    Jon
     
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    The term "Keep on Truckin'" was very popular in the 70's. It was featured on a lot of t-shirts of the time. I always took it to mean "keep on going" or don't stop, something of that nature. A sort of inspirational message. Whatever life throws at you, keep on truckin'. Plow right through that shit.
     
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    Yes, the term was made popular in the mid 70's by the hit song "Keep on trucking" by Eddie Kendrics, former member of the Temptations.
     
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    BTW, just watching the silent classic Greed today and noticed that the hero refers to his gold stash as his "truck". IIRC he says "I might as well take some of my truck with me" near the end when he is in the desert looking down at his gold coins.

    So it could also be taken to mean "keep on making money" I guess, not unlike "making ends".
     
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    Wolf Creek Pass, man that brings back memories.

    Did you know that the guy who did all the music for C.W. McCall is the same guy who now does Mannheim Steamroller? His name is Chip Davis.

    Anyway, I think "Keep On Truckin" is better than "Have A Nice Day".
     
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    Holy smokes! I didn't realize that. I was a big fan of Manheim Steamroller in high school and college! Never did I realize it had roots in trucker songs [​IMG] I feel like I should watch Convoy.
     

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