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MICHELE NORRIS, host:

Well, shouting Finns may have nothing on this next musical genre, road music. Our reviewer, Meredith Ochs, hosts a daily talk show on Sirius Satellite Radio's Road Dog Trucking Channel. So when Ochs heard the new song, "Long Haul Driver," she listened carefully. It comes from the latest album by Luke Doucet, and Ochs says the song can teach us all little about the truck driving life.

MEREDITH OCHS: There is nothing more conspicuous yet more invisible than a big truck. They're on every highway. But most people don't think about them unless they're trying to drive past one. Even when you get up close to these 18-wheel behemoths, you might think more about chrome and steel than the person behind the wheel.

But Luke Doucet spent so much time on the road as a touring musician that he began to imagine what it would be like to live the life of a trucker.

(Soundbite of song "Long Haul Driver")

Mr. LUKE DOUCET (Musician): (Singing) Well, I am a long haul driver, and I'm leaving at dawn. I don't think that I will see you. So I'll leave the porch light on. I know you land at eight o'clock, but I'll be gone by five. I'll be waving out the window as I pass the airport by. Oh yeah.

Because I am a long haul driver, and I'm leaving at dawn. I don't think that I will see you. So I'll leave the porch light on. Yeah...

OCHS: Trucking is not an easy life. It's physically demanding, monotonous, short on sleep, and long on bad food. In this song, "Long Haul Driver," Luke Doucet focuses on the loneliness of being away from home and family. He conveys what must be a painful moment for professional drivers, the moment they have to leave their loved ones behind for days or weeks on end and face the road alone. But Doucet also understands that love shortens the distance and makes parting bearable.

(Soundbite of song "Long Haul Driver")

Mr. DOUCET: (Singing) Through Michigan to Illinois and Indiana, too. I'll turn this rig towards the north, but still away from you. Are waltzing in my mind's blue, I - strumming your guitar. 2,000 miles between us, yet I'm never, ever that far...

Ms. OCHS: With visions of guitar strumming and picking flowers on the side of the road, this song romanticizes the gritty reality of trucking. But Luke Doucet doesn't entirely sugar-coat the long haul. He describes the repetitive nature of the job, driving thousands of miles a week, endlessly loading and unloading the truck, and trying to squeeze in a little joy whenever possible. Doucet also captures one of the reasons these truckers keep rolling, the sense of autonomy that comes with the job. Of course, having the best office view in the world, a driver's eye view doesn't hurt.

NORRIS: The song is "Long Haul Driver" by Luke Doucet. Our reviewer, Meredith Ochs, hosts a program on Sirius Satellite Radio's Road Dog Trucking Channel.

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