Theme from Smokey & the Bandit


I just love songs about illegally transporting large amounts of alcohol from one side of america to the other, being chased by police, and CB radios.
In my mind – this is one of the best!

Its the Theme from Smokey & the Bandit, aka….

East Bound and Down

The song was recorded by Jerry Reed, the bloke who played “Snowman” in the film, and it got to Number 2 in 1977.


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  1. ElijahWilbury February 27th, 2008 4:01 am

    Awesome! One of my favorite songs from one of my favorite movies :)

  2. King C March 1st, 2008 2:42 am

    Jerry Reed is also the guitar player on the original. Please note the sweet chicken pickin’.
    Actually this is an almost penultimate example of form.

  3. Joe March 2nd, 2008 6:16 pm


    I haven’t seen the movie, but the song is in the brilliant programme “My Name Is Earl”

    I love this song!


  4. jrus538900 January 27th, 2009 10:34 pm

    i’m confused doesnt penultimate mean next to last as in bad? i love all the work every player put into making this music for us to enjoy.
    adj : next to the last; “the author inadvertently reveals the
    murderer in the penultimate chapter”; “the figures in
    the next-to-last column” [syn: {next-to-last}]
    n : the next to last syllable in a word [syn: {penult}, {penultima}]

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