East Bound and Down
|"East Bound and Down"|
|Single by Jerry Reed|
|from the album Smokey and the Bandit soundtrack|
|B-side||"(I'm Just A) Redneck in a Rock and Roll Bar"|
|Released||August 1, 1977|
|Writer(s)||Jerry Reed, Dick Feller|
|Jerry Reed singles chronology|
"East Bound and Down" is a song written by Jerry Reed and Dick Feller, and recorded by Reed for the soundtrack for the film Smokey and the Bandit. The song features Reed on the lead vocal and vocalist Gordon Stoker of the Jordanaires on the harmony vocal. It was released in August 1977 as a single on RCA Records. The song spent sixteen weeks on the U.S. country music charts, reaching a peak of #2. It also reached #3 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100. The song featured in episode "Stole Beer from a Golfer" of sitcom My Name Is Earl, where Smokey and the Bandit was mentioned. It was also featured in the 2010 ESPN NASCAR commercial, playing on the rivalry between Carl Edwards and Brad Keselowski.
Variations in lyrics
The song differs in its lyrics depending on the cut of recording. The most commonly known version is the track that was recorded for the single, in which the first line of the introductory and second choruses sings:
"East bound and down, loaded up and truckin'"
However, the same line in the version of the song played in the Smokey and the Bandit movie soundtrack sings:
"West bound and down, eighteen wheels a-rollin'"
The third and fourth choruses in the soundtrack version then switch to the "east bound and down" lyrics.
The soundtrack's lyrics better describe the run made by the protagonist characters in the film, in that they travel west from Atlanta, Georgia to Texarkana, Texas, and then make the return trip east to Atlanta.
|U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles||2|
|U.S. Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100||3|
|Canadian RPM Country Tracks||2|
- A cover was recorded in 2005 by Canadian country music group The Road Hammers. Other cover versions include Aaron Tippin, Supersuckers, Dave Dudley, and Tonic.
- The song was recorded by punk rock cover band Me First and the Gimme Gimmes on their sixth album, "Love Their Country."
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