DESCRIPTION: The singer, a "swamper," is building corduroy roads. He describes his work, the pay, and an incident where a workmate falls into a boghole. Finally, he expresses a desire for a pretty woman, and says he'll do anything to please her -- even shove corduroy.
EARLIEST DATE: 1941 (Beck)
KEYWORDS: lumbering work courting
FOUND IN: US(MW)
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Beck 25, "Shoving Corduroy" (1 text)
NOTES: A corduroy road was built by laying logs parallel to one another to make a roadway across a swamp. [There is some dispute about whether the roads or the fabric were named first, although the fabric is more likely. - RBW]
According to Beck, the swamper usually "cleared the underbrush and other obstructions for the teamster, or so that logs could be skidded to their destination." - PJS
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