Blue Freightliner

Album: not on an album (2016)
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  • Luke Bell, who was just 32 when he died in 2022, had an affinity for Merle Haggard and the itinerant lifestyle. He was also intrigued by 18-wheelers, and wrote a song about one called "Blue Freightliner."

    "It touches upon the transportation industry and all the energy we expend moving goods, instead of growing things locally," he said in a Songfacts interview. "The whole song is a narrative about a guy who's on the road watching trucks go by and going, 'Man, I'm tired. Are the trucks tired?'"
  • Inspiration for this song came from Bell's travels when he and his band would watch the trucks going by on the highway. "So many people are on the road, traveling so much, especially in a time when we're talking about climate change," he told Songfacts. "Serious issues. I want to touch on things that make people think. What does that mean? Blue Freightliner, do you whine when you roll?

    I think that's a part of our culture that we don't want to lose. We don't want to lose the images."
  • Bell performed this song live in 2016 and seemed ready to release it on his self-titled album that year, but never did. At this time, he was a rising star in country music, earning accolades from the likes of Margo Price and Dwight Yoakam. But he struggled with his mental health and abandoned his music career a short time later. Sadly, "Blue Freightliner" was never released and can only be heard in Bell's live recordings.

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