Twisted MixTape 32 – Alligator Bait

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This week’s topic for Twisted MixTape is Dealer’s Choice! If you ever wanted to jump on the bandwagon this would be the time! You choose your topic, but let’s not get crazy folks. I listen to every one of your mixes, so keep it as close to 5 as possible!

Once upon a time I wanted to be a truck driver. Desperately. I used to tell anyone who asked this messy-haired brown corduroy wearing tom-boy what she wanted to be when she grew up “A truck driver. Or a cowboy.” Which would be met with blank stares.

bj and the bear

Being part of the generation that was raised on B.J. and the Bear and Smokey and the Bandit, it was probably no wonder that being a truck driver seemed so romantic. I mean really, my choice is riding in a Kenworth with a hottie named Billie Joe, or Burt Reynolds playing Bandit? Uhm, really a no brainer.


Add in the fact that I was a true fan of road trips. And loved me a little 70’s country music. Well, that was about all it took.

Somehow, although I never stopped wanting to be a truck driver, it never came to be. And then….one day…. I married one. What?! It’s a super long story. I met my husband after he decided to retire from hauling an 18 wheeler cross-country for over 15 years. And yes, back in the day, you could make a pretty penny doing that.

So, we got married, had a kid 5 years later, and then swiftly began indoctrinating that child.

When I realized that my child had a love of the same corny 70’s truck driver country music I did, well there was no stopping me.

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This could have been a variety show, but the truth is – Jerry Reed has my heart. There is no one like Jerry Reed. He was such an incredible song-writer and musician that Elvis had him tracked down in the middle of a fishing trip because he wanted to cover Reed’s song Guitar Man, but no one could play it right. A few years later he teamed up with Chet Atkins, guitar legend, for a few records (Atkins was also his main producer) and Atkins bestowed on him the title of Certified Guitar Player a moniker that Chet Atkins created to describe an artist who personified the ultimate in performance skill and musical quality. He only bestowed that title on four guitar players in his lifetime. Also he was on Scooby Doo, so there’s that. I feel a Raised on the Radio post coming on here.

Sadly, I am not chosing my songs based on Jerry Reed’s gifted guitar playing, although it surely is present. I just can’t get enough of that guys lyrics!

Amos Moses – “When Amos Moses was a boy his daddy would use him as alligator bait. Tie a rope around his waist and through him in the swamp, ha ha, alligator bait in the Louisiana Bayou.”


She Got the Gold Mine (I Got the Shaft) – “Well, she said she would, so, I said, “I do,” But I’d have said I wouldn’t If I’d of just knew How sayin’ ‘I do’ would gonna screw up all of my life.”


Guitar Man – I replaced my first link with this instead. Jerry Reed and Glen Campbell. Perfect.


Alabama Wild Man (this is actually from The Jerry Reed Show – sorry about the audio, but the clip is priceless)


Lord, Mr Ford

Well I’ve got a car that’s mine alone
That me and the finance company own
A ready-made pile of manufactured grief
And if I ain’t out of gas in the pouring rain
I’m a-changin’ a flat in a hurricane
I once spent three days lost on a cloverleaf
Well it ain’t just the smoke and the traffic jam
That makes me the bitter fool I am
But this four-wheel buggy is
A-dollaring me to death
For gas and oils and fluids and grease
And wires and tires and anti freeze ….


And what kind of list would this be if I didn’t include the song that started it all for me?

East Bound and Down from Smokey and the Bandit. If you’re nostalgic or haven’t seen the movie, you must watch!


Thank you for listening, now share your MixTape with all of us. The best part of this party is we get to hear so much music that may be new, may be forgotten or may be just what you wanted to hear right now.

These are the rules. Five songs (give or take). Stick to the theme (as best you can). Check out the other players (everyone wants to share their tunes with you). Create a mix, not a “hey look at all the cool songs I know” we’re not snobs, if you were our best bud and you were gonna make us a tape, what would it be? And share this party so more people will play next week!

Do me a favor, if you’re a veteran, try and visit at least one person you’ve never visited before.


And now, The List of all Lists

November 12 – Song’s that tell a story. These can be epics or not. Just a story. You know, just not la la la I love you or I hate you or whatever….
November 19 – Cheating Songs
November 26 – I know it’s gonna be hard, with Thanksgiving and all, but this is a really fun topic suggested by my favorite mixer-uper, literally, she’s always mixing up the topic. Kerri from Undiagnosed but Okay. She said,  how about a “this song could’ve sent me to jail?” I was intrigued, but needed more. Hmmm let’s see the Doors come on baby get higher 🙂 Or Carrie Underwood doing a little grand larceny beating up her boyfriends truck? Blondie gets arrested after seeing Aliens in Rapture Or even to be funnier: Joe Cocker you can leave your hat on, so if I left just my hat on I would be arrested for indecent exposure. Trust me it wouldn’t be pretty! – Now I get it!
December 3 – It is officially OK to be listening to Christmas Music now! Bring it on! Maybe we’ll find some new favorite Christmas tunes for our holiday playlists!


Once it is officially Tuesday, Wrong Song Lyrics goes live over at Raised on the Radio. If you haven’t visited my sister site that is a collaboration with Linda Roy and Lance Burson, what are you waiting for? Also! If you haven’t contributed your Wrong Song Lyrics what are you waiting for? Click here, it’ll take 3 minutes top! And your blog will get a shout out too!





You are sorely missed Jerry, but your music plays on.


40 thoughts on “Twisted MixTape 32 – Alligator Bait

  1. Ok, I seriously only know the last one, but now I am going to have to go through and listen to the rest to get the real for this post. Girls are sleeping so must find a way to do this quietly, but I will tonight. Thanks for a new playlist and truly excited to check these out now! 🙂

  2. My dad became so Smokey/trucking obsessed after seeing the movie, he went out and bought a CB…for our station wagon. I heard a lot of Jerry Reed, along with other “truck drivin’ songs” like Convoy and Teddy Bear.

  3. My daughter is sleeping right now so I can’t listen to these songs- I honestly cannot figure out if I know any of them! I love that you married a truck driver after wanting to be one.

  4. This is fun! I now confess I have not heard of Jerry Reed until this moment – but this was entertaining.

    As for marrying a truck driver after wanting to be one growing up – that’s awesome.

    • Thanks Louise. It’s great hearing his stories of the road. The 70’s and 80’s were apparently a great time to be on the road!

    • Oh yes! Convoy didn’t make the list ONLY because Jerry Reed didn’t sing it. But there is actually a great video on YouTube of the song that has a great synopsis of the movie.

  5. What a Trip!!! One of a kind. I cannot tell you how many times I have said, when looking at someone, “He looks like an Alabama Wild Man.” Ha…

    Thanks… Enjoyed, Slu

  6. I remember our conversation well on this one! lol Good to see you finally had a chance to get it posted. Of course, that also leaves some of the others we talked about free to use in the future! Muhahahah! Jerry Reed was himself, and never pretended to be anyone else. Loved him back then and still today! Great post!

    • Thank’s Rich. I do love Jerry Reed, he was awesome right up until the end. I think his strong personality is what kept him going strong all those years, without anyone pushing him around.

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  10. This playlist/post was my pop culture existence between 1977 -1981

    throw in Dukes of Hazzard and the Outlaws record from willie, Waylon, jessi and tom pall.

  11. I get the tomboy concept. I wanted to be a football player when girls playing football was unheard of, so I settled for games on the school field and Smear the Queer (Oh how much trouble that name would cause now!!).

    I enjoyed this walk down Jerry Reed lane.

  12. That “Smokey and the Bandit” clip brought back so many memories! I had a big crush on Burt Reynolds (didn’t everyone?), and went through a CB lingo phase with everyone else. Watch out for the Kojak with a Kodak.

  13. I thought I wanted to be a truck driver too! The only reason was:
    1. I associated road trips with vacation.
    2. They had an excuse to listen to music all day.

    Yeah, now I know better and I hate driving. Though road trips are still fun as long as I don’t have to drive.

  14. “A-dollaring me to death”

    god! to have the talent to come up with that kind of lyric!

    Funny about Jerry Reed, being guitar oriented and all, I recall watching TV and wondering if my parents understood what kind of monstrous talents would show up on the most ‘mainstream’ shows like the Glen Campbell Show. (John Hartford and Jerry Reed to name only a few…)
    Incredible musicians. It was especially fun for me, to discover the other giants of guitar (outside of the Marshall-powered crowd that formed the center of my musical world).

    Very cool list… and, once again, nice work on the bloghop. Every week you do that thing that gets people to stretch a bit, and the result is so worth it.

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  16. I was surprised that I knew so many of these songs, as I never watched any of those shows/movies. But I LOVE this list! Great music! Apparently, I’m a Jerry Reed fan and I didn’t know it. 😉 PS: I am still a tomboy. It’s all good!

  17. When I was 18, right after I was a dumbass and quit college, I wanted to run away from home. Yep…dumbass. So I got the bright idea that I would become a truck driver so I could “run away” from home but still be gainfully employed. I even went as far as to pick up a truck driver’s manual at the DMV. Thankfully, I pulled my head (somewhat) out of my ass.

    I’ve got pretty eclectic tastes when it comes to music, but I’d never heard ANY of these! My husband has, though, and we had a ball listening to them together. Thanks so much for the intro to Jerry!

  18. I’ve never heard of this guy before…thanks for the lesson! (Though I do remember, just barely, being into BJ and the Bear as a little girl.) Your childrhood dream makes a lot of sense when you think of all that trucker culture that was going on! 🙂 Also, now I realize where the name of the show “Eastbound & Down” comes from!

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  21. Howdy…i just found you thanks to a little direction from one of my new readers, cynkingfeeling, who turned my on to your page and your Mix Tape round-up! I am peeking around trying to make sure I got the logistics…I think I do and am looking forward to playing tomorrow! On a whole other note, I hate to link-drop, but I cannot resist after reading your post here…Greg Evigan aka BJ and The Bear was MY childhood heartthrob which you can laugh about here…
    5 Boys That Stole My Childhood Heart:

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    • Hey Cheri you’re on the wrong list! Go to my home page and the post is the first one! There’s a new mix every week. This is last weeks mix

  23. LOL, yeh, I figured that part out, thankfully I DID write the correct post hahahaha, but I still cannot get the “Linky” list to show, all it is giving me from the code is a link to the list…? Thanks!! Btw, I love this BlogHop you have going and I will probably participate every week.

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