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I Want To Be An Eddie Stobart Driver Ep

by The Wurzels

Quirky British humour from these west country funsters-took the combine harvester song to no i in the uk pop charts
Genre: Folk: Folk Pop
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Not many artistes on CDBaby can claim a NO 1 record in the pop charts but The Wurzels can.

Combine Harvester gave them a 2-week stay in the UK charts in 1976. Turn the clock on 20 years and this EP I want to be an Eddie Stobart Driver was an entry in the lower reaches of the UK Top 100 and helped re-launch The Wurzels career in the late 90s thru to the new millennium. Although it seemed a move away from their agricultural songs Eddie Stobart, in fact, also started out in a farming community years ago. Eddie Stobart is probably older (as a firm and as an individual) than The Wurzels

I want to be an Eddie Stobart Driver does follow the tradition of fun songs that The Wurzels are famous for in the UK. They have also graced the shores of Canada and Australia -who will invite them to the USA? Let us know soon

But firstly (having had many requests for the lyrics and to save you looking them up on the Loose Records site)

HERE ARE THE LYRICS

I want to be an Eddie Stobart Driver
Behind the wheel is where I want to be
O let me be an Eddie Stobart Driver (ooh ahh)
The finest firm in haulage history

Everywhere you go y’know, you can spot the Eddie Spotters
Stobart’s the name they want to see
And all the other trucks and trailers
Are just counted out as failures
And anyway he’s the only man for me

I want to be an Eddie Stobart Driver
Nowadays we all sing Eddie’s praise
O let me be an Eddie Stobart Driver
'Cos Eddie Stobart rules the motorways

I want to hear the children
I want to hear them cheer like they cheer Eddie
When he overtakes us from afar (ooh aah)
With his fan club is expanding
He leaves the others standing
I’d love to be a Stobart superstar

I want to be an Eddie Stobart Driver
Behind the wheel is where I want to be
O let me be an Eddie Stobart Driver
The finest firm in haulage history

Spoken:
(Come on; let’s take it up a cog
Keep on a-truckin)

Now I’ll tell you just how far I'll
Go on up to Carlisle
Tell you what I’ll do when I arrive
I'm gonna walk right up to Eddie
And tell him that I'm ready
So put I on the road now and let I drive

I want to be an Eddie Stobart Driver
That’s exactly what I want to be
And if I can’t be an Eddie Stobart Driver
I’m going home to burn my HGV (2)



Spoken:
I shall be burning my Wurzels scarf as well then
Cos I shall have a brand new Eddie Stobart suit
I shall have proper job then
Mother’ll be as proud as punch






Copyright Loose Music GB 1995


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Adge Cutler and The Wurzels renamed The Wurzels after Cutler's death, are a British Scrumpy and Western band.
The band is mostly, and perhaps unfairly, only remembered for its 1976 number one hit The Combine Harvester but has a history stretching nearly 40 years, and still performs to this day.
In its heyday the band was very popular despite disdain from "serious" critics.
The name of the band came from the fodder beet Mangelwurzel. As can be determined from the subject matter of many of their songs, cider is very popular amongst Wurzels and their fans. Their particular "genre" of music has been named "Scrumpy And Western" (scrumpy is a name given to traditional cider).

Adge Cutler and The Wurzels
The Wurzels were formed in 1966 as a backing group for singer/songwriter Adge Cutler.
With a thick Somerset accent, Adge played on his West Country roots, singing many folk songs with local themes such as cider making (and drinking), farming, local villages and industrial work songs, often with a comic slant.
During the 1960s, the band became immensely popular regionally, and the release of the single Drink Up Thy Zider led to national fame and number 45 in the UK charts.
A number of live albums were recorded at local pubs and clubs, filled with Adge Cutler penned favourites such as Easton in Gordano, The Champion Dung Spreader, and Thee's Got'n Where Thee Cassn't Back'n, Hassn't? together with songs written by others and some reworkings of popular folk songs of the time.
Adge Cutler was killed in May 1974 after crashing his car in Chepstow following a Wurzels concert and is buried in Nailsea.

Adge's death marked a curious turning point in the history of the Wurzels. Deprived of the main song-writing talent, the remaining Wurzels recorded The Wurzels Are Scrumptious! In 1975, an album containing many favourites from the back catalogue, including a number of previously unrecorded Cutler-written songs
In order to continue the surviving band needed its own songs, and these mostly took the formula of re-written popular pop songs of the time with the lyrics changed to include the usual Wurzel themes (cider, farming, local villages, Cheddar cheese, etc.)
In 1976, the Wurzels released The Combine Harvester, a re-work of the song Brand New Key, by Melanie, which became a huge UK hit, topping the charts for 2 weeks.
The band quickly followed its success with the release of several a number of similarly themed novelty songs such as I Am A Cider Drinker and Farmer Bill's Cowman, but by the turn of the 1980s had largely faded back in to obscurity.
The Wurzels never stopped performing, but record releases during the 1980s and 1990s were limited to even more obscure novelty singles like I Shot JR, Sunny Weston-super-Mare, and I Want To Be An Eddie Stobart Driver.
The late 1990s saw the release of I WANT TO BE AN EDDIE STOBART DRIVER, which was the beginning of a revival of the fortunes for the surviving Wurzels, gaining a cult status amongst students and resurgence in their popularity in their native West Country. A number of CD releases followed, largely featuring re-recordings of older works, but also Never Mind The Bullocks, an album of cover versions of contemporary British rock songs. This album was recorded with George Allen AKA Bob Noxious who went on to become tour manager of The Magic Numbers and Manager of The Mission. In 2005, the band released a limited edition split single with British Sea Power. The Wurzels covered BSP's Remember Me while BSP covered I Am A Cider Drinker. The band also supported BSP at their gig at the London Forum in November.
Wurzels continue to perform regular gigs.


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Brian Melville

On the road with Eddie Stobart.......
If you would like to experience the feeling of being on the road with Eddie Stobart and one of his fine machines then this CD is for you. It literally captivates the imagination and sung by the Wurzels gives the CD a particular English feel.

george flinton

good good
good good sey george

stan

it is the best so far keep it comming
i say i would marry it if i could but i will tell you that is great!

Paul McKenna

Good OLDE TYME ENGLISH style
This Cd encapsulates the style of OLDE ENGLISH folk with a modern trend -Truck Driving.
It has humour, be it English, but it is fun to listen to.

I would recommend it to all anglophiles

Paul Tatton

A very catchy little number!
Couldn't find this cd in England.Trust cd baby to have it!
We all love the lyrics and this cd will be added to my son's Steadie Eddie collection.

Linda Graham

Loved it. Catchy and bouncy and just right for the genre.
I find myself singing this catchy little tune through the day, especially when driving! The words are easy to remember the tune can really pick you up.

jane

i want it
where can we get it from i want two copies please

Jenny


As a Stobart spotter this track gives a good idea of being a longdistance lorry driver and is easy to sing along with, shame there aren't more tracks like it. BRILL KEEP ON SPOTTING.

Gavin Moore "Gav" (Gateshead. England)

there's an excellent Wurzels gem knocking around called `I want to be an Eddie S
Another top quality slice of light hearted West country folk as the genre label `comedy' that most people give them isn't good enough as I think they are sooo much more. And as I've said in a past review more people should give this stuff a go.
Now all we need is EMI Records to release their much needed back catalogue on some nice brand spankin' new CDs!!
Also if you can find it there's an excellent Wurzels gem knocking around called `I want to be an Eddie Stobart Driver' CD from 1995 by Loose Records. Worth the search if you ask me, it's more like an EP :)

jon morrell

good tune, good song
good light hearted easy listening tune. has you tapping your toes from the start and you really want to be an eddie stobart driver by the end! well worth a listen.
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