Rapid Boy (The Stock Car Boy) – Jim Croce

Jim Croce was one of the great folk singers and composers of the late 1960s and 1970s. During the early 1960s, Croce was involved with a number of small college bands that performed at coffee houses and universities, and later performed with his wife as a duo from the mid-1960s to the early 1970s.

They started out performing songs by Gordon Lightfoot, Joan Baez, and Woodie Guthrie, but wound up writing their own music — eventually putting together a repertoire of over 3000 songs that ranged from blues, to country, to rock to folk, with tender love songs and bawdy ballads.

In 1970, Croce hooked up with singer-songwriter Maury Muehleisen , and together they put together the hits and the albums we all know today.

In September 1973 both Croce and Muehleisen died in a small commercial plane crash, one day before the release of their third album, “I Got a Name”.

Rapid Boy (The Stock Car Boy)

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Oh rapid roy that stock car boy
He too much too believe
You know he always got an extra pack of cigarettes
Rolled up in his t-shirt sleeve
He got a tattoo on his arm that say “baby”
He got another one that just say “hey”
But every Sunday afternoon he is a dirt track demon
In a ’57 Chevrolet

Oh rapid roy that stock car boy
He’s the best driver in the land
He say that he learned to race a stock car
By runnin’ shine outta alabam’
Oh the demolition derby
And the figure eight
Is easy money in the bank
Compared to runnin’ from the man
In oklahoma city
With a 500 gallon tank

Oh rapid roy that stock car boy
He too much too believe
You know he always got an extra pack of cigarettes
Rolled up in his t-shirt sleeve
He got a tattoo on his arm that say “baby”
He got another one that just say “hey”
And Sunday afternoon he is a dirt track demon
In a ’57 Chevrolet

Yeah roy so cool
That racin’ fool he don’t know what fear’s about
He do a hundred thirty mile an hour
Smilin’ at the camera
With a toothpick in his mouth
He got a girl back home
Name of dixie dawn
But he got honeys all along the way
And you oughta hear ‘em screamin’
For that dirt track demon
In a ’57 Chevrolet

Oh rapid roy that stock car boy
He too much too believe
You know he always got an extra pack of cigarettes
Rolled up in his t-shirt sleeve
He got a tattoo on his arm that say “baby”
He got another one that just say “hey”
But every Sunday afternoon he is a dirt track demon
In a ’57 Chevrolet

  • Audio from the 1974 album, Photographs & Memories – His Greatest Hits:

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