Red Sovine performs “Giddyup Go” Oiginal Single 1965.

The song reached # 1 on the charts of US Hot Country Songs, remained 6 weeks in a row at the top, and remained for 22 weeks in the charts. It was the second number one in the Red Sovine career.

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Giddyup Go:

Lp cover Red Sovine ( Starday 1965 )
Lp cover Red Sovine ( Starday 1965 )

Giddyup go, song written by Red Sovine and Tommy Hill, was recorded by Red Sovine for the Starday label, was recorded in August 1965 at Starday Sound Studio, 3557 Dickerson Road, Nashville, TN, with the production of Tommy Hill, the song It was released in October 1965, on January 8, 1966, reached # 1 on the charts of US Hot Country Songs, remained 6 weeks in a row at the top, and remained for 22 weeks in the charts. It was the second number one in the Red Sovine career.

The song was included in Red’s fifth studio album, Giddyup Go (Starday 1965), the album was released in autumn 1965, on March 19, 1966, it reached number # 4 on the US Top Country Albums charts, and the album stayed 17 weeks in the charts.

About the song:

Truck driving songs had been part of American country music since the late 1940s, and Sovine’s Starday Records had several artists specializing in the subgenre.
Sovine’s first great truck driving success, “Giddyup Go” , is the story of an emotional reunion of parents and children at a truck stop on the highway.
In the song, the truck driver shares his experiences in the first person, explaining that he had spent most of the 25 years on the road, mostly alone. In the early years of his career, he says, he had a wife and a young son. It was the absurd attempt of the son to greet his father, while driving the truck, which inspired the name of the truck (“Giddyup Go”). Due to the frequent absences of her husband she eventually takes her toll on the marriage, and one day, the trucker returns home to find both missing, without contact information or an explanation. In the following years, the truck driver must explain to other truck drivers the “Giddyup Go” identification plate on his truck, his only link to his son. Currently, the truck driver travels along the American highway 66 when you see a new diesel platform with an identification plate that says “Giddyup Go”. The father has a lump in his throat, suspecting that he may have some connection with his driver. The two drivers meet at the next truck stop, and during the conversation, the child explains that his mother had died and that he had lost contact with his father. He also reveals that the name of his truck “Giddyup Go” was inspired by a platform that his father once had. It is at this point that the senior truck driver takes the younger man outside to reveal his connection, cleaning the name to show it. Afterwards, an emotional reunion takes place between the two men, who realize that they are father and son.



Minnie Pearl recorded an answer version of “Giddyup Go”, titled “Giddyup Go Answer.” A departure from her usual comic recordings, Pearl tells the story from the perspective of the manager of the truck stop where the father-son reunion takes place.”Giddyup Go-Answer” reached No. 10 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart in March 1966 and as Pearl’s biggest hit, was her only charting single.

Single Minnie Pearl ( Starday 1966 )
Single Minnie Pearl ( Starday 1966 )

Some Versions:

Johnny Wright 1966 (Decca)
Wink Martindale 1966 (Dot Records)
Del Reeves 1968 (United Artists Records)
Tommy Dell 1979 (Plum Records)
Nev Nicholls 1981 (Telmark)
Dave Dudley 1982 (Tudor Records)
Gibson Bros & Workdogs 1990 (Homestead Records)

Red Sovine – Giddyup Go Lyrics

The highways that wind and wander over mountain and valleys deserts and plains
I guess I’ve drove about all of ’em
Cause for the past 25 years now the cab of a truck has been my home
And it’d be kinda hard for me to settle down and not be on the go
Why I remember the first truck I drove
I was so proud I could hardly wait to get home to show my wife and my little boy
And my little boy was so excited like so when he saw his first snow
He wasn’t old enough to say too many words
He just kept hollering goddyup go daddy giddyup go
So that’s what I named the old truck Giddyup go
Oh things wasn’t too bad of course I’s gone a lot
And after about six years I got home one day and found my wife and little boy gone
I couldn’t find out what happened nobody seemed to know
So from that day on it’s been me and old Giddyup go
I’ve made a lot of friends at all the truck stops
And some of ’em would kick me about my litle sign
Of course they knew where I got the name
Cause I told ’em about that little boy of mine
And how his first word about that old truck was Giddyup go
Today I was barrelin’ down old 66
When up beside me pulled down a brand new diesel rig
Both stacks of blowin’ black coal
And as she pulled around and back in front of me a big lump came in my throat
And my eyes watered like I had a bad old cold
A little sign on the back of the truck that read Giddyup go
Well I pushed old Giddyup go stayed right on him
Until the next truck stop where he’d pulled up
I waited till he went in and I offered to buy him a cup
Well we got to talkin’ shop and I said
Now did you come by the name on your truck Giddyup go
Well he said I got it from my pop
Dad used to drive a truck that’s what mom talked about a lot
You see I lost mom when I was just past sixteen and I lost all track of pop
Mom said he got the name from me
I shook his hand and told him that I had something I wanted him to see
I took him out to the old truck
And brushed off some of the dirt so the name would show
And his eyes got big and bright as he read Giddyup go
Oh we had a lot of things to talk about and buddy I felt like a king
And now we’ve just pulled back on old 66 and he’s handled that big rig
Better than any gearjammer that I’d ever seen
Well now the lines on the highway have got much brighter glow
As we go roarin’ down the road and me starin’ at a little sign that reads Giddyup go

Single Red Sovine ( Starday 1965 )
Single Red Sovine ( Starday 1965 )

Miquel Batlle
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