Revenge Recommends: "Shipping Steel" by Cold Chisel


Shipping Steel is a classic track by Australian hard rockers Cold Chisel from their 1979 album Breakfast at Sweethearts. The song is a perfect example of the band's working class ethos, expressed in the lyrics and exemplified by the chunky, percusive guitar playing of Ian Moss and the dynamic, gritty singing of Glasgow-born Jimmy Barnes. Written by Don Walker, the band's keyboardist and main songwriter, the song is intruduced by Barnes as a "truck driving song."

Lyrics:

Hammer down the open road
Steel pigs my only load
Country songs are always playin'
She's a goin', he's a staying
Briquets keep the fires burning
Diesel keeps the wheels turning
Hikers on the edge of town
Start off young and end up learning
I'm shipping steel, shipping steel . . .

Nobody knows, the way it feels
Caught between Heaven and the Highway
Shipping steel, shipping steel . . .

Some men need a family
Need the club fraternity
God's salvation guaranteed
Mac's the only friend I need
Shipping steel, shipping steel . . .

Nobody knows, the way it feels
Caught between Heaven and the Highway
Shipping steel, shipping steel . . .
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