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Subject: Of Cement Mixers and Men

Written By: Hitchy on 05/27/03 at 06:38 a.m.

Hi ppl.

I'm hoping that you can help me out. I remember that in the early 70s I used to listen to a song that was on the radio all the time. Now I can't find any trace that it ever existed and the radio stations over here don't seem to have heard of it.

I think it was called "The Cement Mixer Driver's Lament". The lyrics sort of went:

I never even said a word
I just backed up to that Thunderbird
I pulled the cord, out it poured
Right up to the doors
I filled that car with seven yards of
Ready-mix concrete.

Does anyone know of this tune? Who sung it? Are there lyrics on the internet? The search engines keep coming up blank.

I shall await your wisdom


Subject: Re: Of Cement Mixers and Men

Written By: JustPassingThrough on 05/28/03 at 11:07 p.m.

A favourite of my Dad, sung in Australia by Johnny Chester.  The link I found was for Frank Yonco and the Thunderbirds.

"Ready Mixed Revenge"

I left each morning right on nine
Got into that truck of mine
Hearn my living humping concrete ready mixed
Up and down the roads I go
My left foot on the gas or on the floor
I thought my wife just stayed at home alone from nine till six

I know a cement driver is no knight in shining armour
But I did the best I could just to keep her satisfied
I thought we got on so well somehow you can never tell
I never did once suspect of her cheating on the side

I was driving down the main street
With my mixer filled with concrete
He was sat right beside her in his Thunderbird so fine
I stayed around and followed them
To his house they closed the door behind them
Adding anger to my mind

I was so mad I never said a word
I backed up to that thunderbird
Put the funnel spout right in the drivers seat
I pulled the cord out it pored
I filled the car with seven yards of ready mixed concrete

It happened oh so fast that day
I took my truck and went away
Never to return or see her face again
But I think about her now and then
Wish I could have been right there
To see their faces
When they where the victims
Of a ready mixed revenge

Subject: Re: Of Cement Mixers and Men

Written By: Hitchy on 05/29/03 at 06:35 a.m.

Thank you so much, JPT

You are officially a steely-eyed missile man.

I don't know what that is, it's in the dialogue of "Apollo 13" and it sounds like a good thing.


Subject: Re: Of Cement Mixers and Men

Written By: JustPassingThrough on 05/29/03 at 07:02 p.m.

Thanks, Hitch.

I've made it my motto.