Super Slab Showdown
(C.W. McCall, Bill Fries, Chip Davis)
In the interest of scholarship, this song has been annotated to aid the reader by providing explanations of the idiomatic and slang terms that are used within it.
You hear that, Earl? He says he’s gonna whip Ol’ Bessie17 here!
Well, hot damn, I’m a gamblin’ man,
So ev’rybody get yer bets down
’Cause this old truck gonna make us a buck
She gonna round them curves at thirty gees21
A trunk full a’ cows22 an’ a hood full a’ bees23
Move it up
a notch24, Earl.
Yeah, that’s it. That’s floatin’ gear! C’mon Bessie!
If this old wreck don’t break my neck,
We gonna take them cows to a discatheque27
We definitely was in that Monfort lane31.
Hot damn, I’m a gamblin’ man,
So ev’rybody get yer bets down
’Cause this old truck’s gonna make us a buck
She’s rollin’ the boulevard shakedown35
of the Interstate Highway System. In this specific case, Interstate 80.
in the state of Nebraska, about twenty-five miles east by northeast of the northeast corner of the state of Colorado.
of the local area, behaving foolishly.
General Motors Corporation.
typically associated with college students of the 1920s and 1930s.
to the superiority of another. Often given by males who wish to dethrone the reigning chief of a tribe, and by those persons who feel inferior to the challenged party.
One who is enamored
this is phrased as "chicken in the bread pan, pickin’ out dough".
A less-than-worthy vehicle.
Typically said of a car which has not been properly maintained, its neglect evident by a poor external appearance.
About 50 miles east
of Ogallala, give or take a few.
("bears") equipped with radar guns ("one-eyed")
in the lead has a commanding position, and vehicles which are following have little -- if any -- chance to overcome the leader.
North Platte, Nebraska.
See the note 13. Thanks to Ryan Green for this information.
A term of endearment
for the semi-tractor which Earl is driving.
of the wager is raised.
The gear ratio
at which the vehicle is travelling at its highest speed with the least effort.
which is composed mainly of beef, baked into a pie crust. Often called "pot pie".
at 30 times the normal force of gravity. This accomplishment is unrealistic; at that force, both occupants of the vehicle would lose consciousness. The boast is clearly designed to intimidate the challenger.
Only passenger vehicles have storage areas called "trunks".
The frontal surfaces
of the semi-tractor, covered by the carcasses of insects which have impacted upon them.
A numerically-higher gear,
according to the numbering of the shift mechanism. The actual gear ratio is lower than the gear number that is numerically lower.
Keep the vehicle’s speed
constant and concentrate on the terminus of the race.
may be necessary if the losing bettors are to acquire sufficient money with which to pay the winner.
A venue for dancing, usually to the accompaniment of music having exceptionally repetitive measures and, if present, lyrics which refer to acts of sexual intercourse.
The Platte River.
Interstate 80 crosses the Platte River at a point that is approximately five miles southeast of the city of North Platte.
One hundred miles
per hour, or approximately 161 kilometers per hour.
created by the motion of the semi-tractor/trailer combination was causing a wind to bend the stalks of the wild plants which grew alongside the roadway.
or passing, lane. So-called because of the legend that drivers for the Monfort meat packing company of New Jersey used that lane as their exclusive position, enabling them to constantly pass by the slower-moving vehicles in the lanes to the right.
given to the semi-tractor/trailer by virtue of the presence of the cows that it was transporting.
expressed by the cows being transported.
of disgust at the olfactorally-offensive nature of the odors caused by the methanous flatulance of the cows.
of relieving a person of his/her money through extortion, or less often the winning of a wager by a victor whose superior skill or prowess is not readily apparent to the other parties involved in the wager.
a vehicle’s speed to increase, usually beyond the limit posted by the local regulatory agencies.
Similar to note 30,
above. This action refers to the abrupt removal of a false hairpiece due to an unexpected gust of wind caused by the rapid forward motion of the vehicle.
"Super Slab Showdown" does not appear on any C.W. McCall audio CD.