Shake n' Bake Taxi by flyrod


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•SHAKE AND BAKE TAXI• a drive by poem by Flyrod

He lives in a tunnel under the city
Where all that surrounds him is damp and gritty

Fresh fares are waiting up on the streets
A night to remember for all who he meets

With a combination of fear and speed
This psycho taxi driver gets all that he needs

He speaks in a tongue from some foreign nation
Minutes away from a moving violation

You wait at the corner but there’s no cab in sight
Then he breaks through the darkness of night

You have no choice because you’re running late
No time to be choosy you don’t hesitate

The windows are dark and you can’t see inside
You’re on the verge of one hell of a ride

You tell the driver, “Let’s go to the airport”
The driver nodes “yes” and lets out a snort

When he steps on the gas rubber starts burning
Your heart start to race and you stomach is churning

You grab for the seat belt, you see that it’s broken
It’s getting real hot and the engine is smokin’

It smell like a toilet and the seat feels wet
You’re doomed on a ride that you’ll never forget

He slams on the brakes when the light turns red
You hit the divider with the front of your head

The driver is nuts and the cab starts to swerve
You‘re getting whiplash and loosing your nerve

You scream at the driver, “Hey let me Out!”
He clinches his fist and waves it about

He sideswipes a truck and lets out a swear
You beg him for mercy but he doesn’t care

You sweat like a pig and it’s hotter than hell
This old tinder box is your jail cell

He stops at the airport, the door opens wide
You kiss the ground knowing you could have died

The fare is fifty bucks and he want a big tip
He’s waving a gun so don’t give him no lip

There by the curb he spots his next fare
A sucker just waiting to be in his lair

The Shake and Bake Taxi’s got a new inmate
A terrified sole in an old yellow crate.


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The name’s Flyrod. American car culture is my thing. If it rolls, roars, or rumbles I’m into it. Statistics and facts aren’t my gig. My mission is to track down and capture the infamous rides that make up pop culture, and to tell their stories.

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  • flyrod
    flyrodover 2 years ago

    original image

  • DeeZ (D L Honeycutt)
    DeeZ (D L Hone...over 2 years ago


    Please add this award winning image to the DeeZ 5Cs Award Showcase Group HERE
    Thanks, DeeZ!
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    I love the poem too…you write as well as you do art!

  • Thanks for the support DeeZ

    – flyrod

  • Nigel Bangert
    Nigel Bangertover 2 years ago

    Another great image and poem, where do you find all of these great cars.

  • Thanks Nigel. These rat rods are from a rally at Styrbridge Massachusetts.

    – flyrod

  • John Schneider
    John Schneiderover 2 years ago

    I think I took this cab in Manhattan one time! Awesome!

  • Thanks John. My NYC business trips over the years were certainly an influence.

    – flyrod

  • WildBillPho
    WildBillPhoover 2 years ago

    Amazing editing as always! Very nice work flyrod!

  • I appreciate that Bill.

    – flyrod

  • AuntDot
    AuntDotover 2 years ago

    Wow! I’ll think twice before ever getting in a taxi again! Great work, flyrod!

  • Sometimes the Subway is a good option. Thanks my friend.

    – flyrod

  • deborah zaragoza
    deborah zaragozaover 2 years ago

    Excellent Image! 03/26/2012
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  • Thanks for the continued support Deb. Always appreciate you devotion to RB.

    – flyrod

  • LudaNayvelt
    LudaNayveltover 2 years ago

    Stunning work

  • Thanks Kuda

    – flyrod

  • Steven  Agius
    Steven Agiusover 2 years ago

    Amazing work !

  • Thanks Steve

    – flyrod

  • Tammera
    Tammeraover 2 years ago


  • Thanks so much Tammera.

    – flyrod

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