Not sure how important this in the grand scheme known as the Beijing Food and Beverage Scene but Australian chef Darren Greenwood of the Village Cafe in the Opposite House hotel knows the lyrics to legendary CB radio / US trucking song ‘Convoy‘ by R.W. McCall. He recited them out of the blue last week outside Frost while we enjoyed burgers with a witness to the feat, Magner’s Cider distributor Floyd Jones, who hails from New Zealand and also knew some of the lyrics. Who knew that anti-establishment trucking songs held such sway in the Antipodes? Greenwood seemed to get particular delight in the CB name “Rubber Duck”. For those unfamiliar with the song, here is a snippet:
Well, we laid a strip for the Jersey Shore
And prepared to cross the line.
I could see the bridge was lined with bears
But I didn’t have a doggone dime.
I says, ‘Pigpen, this here’s the Rubber Duck,
‘We just ain’t a-gonna pay no toll’.
So we crashed the gate doin’ ninety-eight
I says, “Let them truckers roll, ten-four’.
Thus, if you see a “Ten-four Burger” on the Village Cafe menu any time soon, you will know the source of inspiration. More on Greenwood and Village Cafe soon…