"Six Days on the Road" was the biggest hit for Dave Dudley, who took his audience behind the wheel of a big rig with classics such as "Trucker's Prayer," "Two Six Packs Away," and of course "Rolaids, Doan's Pills and Preparation H." After an injury quelled Dudley's aspirations to be a professional baseball player, he began the Dave Dudley Trio and the Country Gentlemen before an automobile accident put him out of commission. Once he returned to performing again, he was signed to Vee-Jay for a while, gaining due recognition with the single "Maybe I Do." After a stint on Jubilee Records he bounced around to the Golden Wing imprint. It was there that Dudley cut what would become his most significant crossover side to date. "Six Days on the Road" (b/w "I Feel a Cry Coming On") vaulted to number two on the country charts and a respectable number 32 on the Top 40 pop survey. The lyrics capture the essence of life on the road with the artist's deep husky intonations lending authenticity to the image. The melody scoots along at a midtempo pace with a tick-tock rhythm reminiscent of Buck Owens' Bakersfield sound. The narrative puts the listener into the driver's seat on a travelogue of sorts. The ultimate destination is "home tonight," yet no specific locale is intimated, although as the story opens the driver has "pulled out of Pittsburgh/Rollin' down the Eastern Seaboard." There is a rebel outlaw vibe as evidenced in the couplet "There's a speed zone ahead, all right/I don't see a cop in sight" and the verse stating that the Interstate Commerce Commission is "checking on down the line/I'm a little overweight/And my log book's way behind/But nothing bothers me tonight/I can dodge all the scales all right." One definite sign of the times is the disturbing use of artificial energy, which inspires "I'm taking little white pills/And my eyes are open wide" as nothing -- including public safety -- will deter the driver from making it "home tonight." More endearing is his faithfulness to the elusive "baby" as he egotistically boasts "I could have a lot of women/But I'm not like some other guys/I could find one to hold me tight/But I could never believe that it's right." The conclusion finds his "hometown's coming in sight" and the lilt in Dudley's reading indeed make the words ring all the more true: "If you think I'm happy you're right." There have been scores of reworkings, ranging from ANTiSEEN's aggressive proto-punk to the familiar Flying Burrito Brothers' country-rock rendition.