“Shoving Corduroy”


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.


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


  1. Beck 25, "Shoving Corduroy" (1 text)
  2. Roud #8859
  3. BI, Be025


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1941 (Beck)
Keywords: lumbering work courting
Found in: US(MW)