Dick Curless performs “Tombstone Every Mile”On Buck Owens’ Ranch Show.

Was released in January 1965, it would reach the number # 5 in the US lists Hot Country Singles. It would be the greatest chart success of Dick Curless, it stayed two weeks in number # 5, and 17 weeks on the chart.

YouTube Bucky Mitchell Channel
YouTube Bucky Mitchell Channel

Tombstone Every Mile:

Lp cover Dick Curless ( Tower Records 1965 )
Lp cover Dick Curless ( Tower Records 1965 )

 

Song written by Dan Fulkerson, was recorded by Dick Curless (nicknamed Baron of country music), in November of 1964, for the Tower Records label, with the production of Allagash Records Production, was released in January 1965, it would reach the number # 5 in the US lists Hot Country Singles. It would be the greatest chart success of Dick Curless, it stayed two weeks in number # 5, and 17 weeks on the chart.

 

The song would be included in Dick’s fourth studio album, A Tombstone Every Mile (Tower 1965), in the lists of US top country albums, it would reach position number # 12.

Lp cover Red Simpson ( Capitol 1967 )
Lp cover Red Simpson ( Capitol 1967 )

The song refers to “Haynesville Woods”, an area around the small town of Haynesville in the county of Aroostook, in northern Maine, known for many car accidents. Truck drivers would send potatoes to the market in Boston and a dangerous turn on the route through Haynesville was the inspiration for the song. The chorus goes like this: “If you buried all the truckers in the woods there would be a tombstone every mile. Count’em off, to tombstone every mile.

A Tombstone Every Mile, has become an anthem of the truckers of the New England area and especially of Maine, it’s heritage as a local folk item, symbol of the regions’ teamster heritage, and source of regional identity and pride.

Dick Curless (1932-1995), one of the greatest stars / storytellers who ever came out of Maine was the man with the eye patch. The baron of country music.



Lp cover Country Roads ( Pickwick 1976 )
Lp cover Country Roads ( Pickwick 1976 )

Versions:
Dick Curless 1965 (Towers Records)
Bobby Denver 1965 ( Country & Western Hits )
Red Simpson 1967 (Capitol Records)
Country Road 1976 (Pickwick)
Charlie Moore & His Dixie Partners 1976 (Old Homestead Records)
Dave Dudley 1980 (Sun Records)
Bill Kirchen 1993 (Demon Records)
David Allan Coe 1995 (King Records)
And some more ….




Dick Curless – Tombstone Every Mile Lyrics

All you big and burely men who roll the trucks along
Better listen you’ll be thankful when you hear my song
You have really got it made if you’re haulin’ goods
Anyplace on earth but those Haynesville Woods
It’s a stretch of road up north in Maine
That’s never ever ever seen a smile
If they’d buried all them truckers lost in them woods
There’d be a tombstone every mile
Count ’em off there’d be a tombstone every mile
[ guitar ]
When you’re loaded with potatoes and you’re headed down
You’ve got to drive the woods to get to Boston town
When it’s winter up in Maine better check it over twice
That Haynesville road is just a ribbon of ice
It’s a stretch of road up north in Maine…
[ piano ]
When you’re talking to a trucker that’s been haulin’ goods
Down that stretch of road in Maine they call the Haynesville Woods
He’ll tell you that dying and going down below
Won’t be half as bad as driving on that road of ice and snow
It’s a stretch of road up north in Maine…

Single Dick Curless ( Tower Records 1965 )
Single Dick Curless ( Tower Records 1965 )

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