Friday, March 4, 2016

Awesome Road Songs - But NUMBER FOUR??!?

Some of the best songs ever written refer to life on the road...bringing to mind America's obsession with independence, travel, and putting the pedal to the metal. And sometimes, expressing a longing to NOT be driving down the road.

Exhibit One: Simon & Garfunkel's Homeward Bound (Written by Paul Simon)

And each town looks the same to me
The movies and the factories
And every stranger's face I see
Reminds me that I long to be

Homeward Bound - I wish I was
Homeward Bound
Home - Where my thought's escaping
Home - Where my music's playing
Home - Where my love lies waiting silently for me

Exhibit Two: Jackson Browne's Running on Empty 

Looking out at the road rushing under my wheels
Looking back at the years gone by like so many summer fields
In 65, I was 17 and running up 101
I don't know where I'm running now, I'm just running on

Running on - Running on empty
Running on - Running blind
Running on - Running into the sun
But I'm running behind

Exhibit Three: Eagles' Take It Easy (Written by Dorothy Fields & Jimmy McHugh)

Well I'm a-runnin' down the road, tryin' to loosen my load
I've got seven women on my mind
Four that want to own me, two that want to stone me
One says she's a friend of mine
Take it easy, take it easy
Don't let the sound of your own wheels drive you crazy

And finally, Exhibit Four, from one of the most-celebrated songwriting duos of the past century, Lennon and McCartney.

Why don't we do it in the road?
Why don't we do it in the road?
Why don't we do it in the road?
Why don't we do it in the road?
No one will be watching us
Why don't we do it in the road?


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