Song of the Day #4,311: ‘Pickup Man’ – Joe Diffie

Coronavirus seems to have hit the country music world particularly hard. Perhaps that’s because it’s a genre with a disproportionate amount of older men. Whatever the reason, I came across a number of country artists — both obscure and well-known — when researching these posts.

A new name to me was Joe Diffie, a Tulsa native who released 13 albums and scored 20 Top Ten hits in his career, with most of his success coming in the 90s. He churned out novelty tunes and sincere ballads and collaborated with some of country music’s biggest names.

Diffie died in late March at just 61 years old, two days after releasing a statement about his diagnosis.

[Verse 1]
Well, I got my first truck when I was three
Drove a hundred thousand miles on my knees
Hauled marbles and rocks and thought twice before
I hauled a Barbie Doll bed for the girl next door
She tried to pay me with a kiss and I began to understand
There’s something women like about a pickup man

[Verse 2]
When I turned sixteen, I saved a few hundred bucks
My first car was a pickup truck
I was cruising the town and the first girl I seen
Was Bobbie Jo Gentry, the homecoming queen
She flagged me down and climbed up in the cab
And said, “I never knew you were a pickup man”

[Chorus]
You can set my truck on fire and roll it down a hill
And I still wouldn’t trade it for a Coupe De Ville
I got an eight-foot bed that never has to be made
You know, if it weren’t for trucks we wouldn’t have tailgates
I met all my wives in traffic jams
There’s just something women like about a pickup man

[Verse 3]
Most Friday nights I can be found
In the bed of my truck on an old chaise lounge
Backed into my spot at the drive-in show
You know a cargo light gives off a romantic glow
I never have to wait in line at the popcorn stand
Cause there’s something women like about a pickup man

[Chorus]
You can set my truck on fire and roll it down a hill
And I still wouldn’t trade it for a Coupe De Ville
I got an eight-foot bed that never has to be made
You know, if it weren’t for trucks we wouldn’t have tailgates
I met all my wives in traffic jams
There’s just something women like about a pickup man

[Bridge]
A bucket of rust or a brand new machine
Once around the block and you’ll know what I mean

[Chorus]
You can set my truck on fire and roll it down a hill
And I still wouldn’t trade it for a Coupe De Ville
I got an eight-foot bed that never has to be made
You know, if it weren’t for trucks we wouldn’t have tailgates
I met all my wives in traffic jams
There’s just something women like about a pickup man
Yeah, there’s something women like about a pickup man

2 thoughts on “Song of the Day #4,311: ‘Pickup Man’ – Joe Diffie

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    I’ve never heard of Joe Diffie either, but 61? Wow!

  2. Peg says:

    This is definitely depressing 😢

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