flatt and scruggs - "backin to birmingham"


Recorded by Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs
Words and music by Lester Flatt and Burkett Graves

[C] Read an ad in [G7] Chicago's Sunday [C] paper
Help wanted semi [G7] driver needed [C] bad
I [F] walked in I said I'd like to see the [C] foreman
I [D7] told him all the experience that I [G7] had
He said [C] son you're [G7] just the man I [C] needed
Handed me the [G7] keys and shook my [C] hand
He [F] pointed to the truck and said I'll [C] see you
[G7] Take that load of steel to Birmin'-[C] ham.

Well I [F] finally got inside and got it started
Put it into gear and started [C] backin' [F] up
Tried every way to get it goin' forward
Oh, but [D7] I ain't never drove a big old [G7] truck
Well it [C] wasn't easy [G7] backin' through the [C] traffic
And I'll bet I'm the [G7] first truck drivin' [C] man
That [F] ever left Chicago in a [C] semi
And [G7] backed it all the way to Birgin'-[C] ham.

Well, the police pulled me over down in Nashville
What do you think you're doin', I just smiled
I said I just got tired of goin' forward
And I thought I'd drive it backwards for a while
I backed it in a truck stop and said fill it
And check the oil, it probably needs a can
Oh, he said tell me which way are you backin'
I said I'm backin' south to Birmin'ham.