Willin' (Little Feat song)
Willin' is a song written by Lowell George before he had formed his band, Little Feat. They released it on their 1971 Little Feat album. The band then re-recorded the song at a faster tempo to much greater success on their 1972 Sailin' Shoes album. The song tells a story of a truck driver traveling from Tucson to Tucumcari; Tehachapi to Tonopah and became a trucker anthem. (It's not known whether the lyrics, " . . . from Tucson to Tucumcari . . . " were inspired by the same line as spoken by the character "Turk", about halfway through the 1961 Sam Peckinpah film, "The Deadly Companions".)
Seatrain covered this song (titled "I'm Willin') on their eponymous 1970 album.
The Byrds recorded the song during the sessions for their 1970 album (Untitled) and performed the song live throughout that same year. The studio version was included as a bonus track on the reissue of (Untitled) and a live version is featured on The Byrds box set.
Bob Dylan has been known to perform the song, live.
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