Songs from an American Road Trip

Ruby Tuesday on the state line

Once I made it south of Washington D.C. the traffic calmed down and the road opened up. It was now safe enough for me to stick in my headphones and crank the tunes. Nothing beats having the right soundtrack for your ride. Here are some of the tunes that have been keeping me company mile after mile on my American road trip.

Ramble On by Led Zepplin

Leaves are falling all around
It’s time I was on my way
Thanks to you I’m much obliged
For such a pleasant stay
But now it’s time for me to go
The autumn moon lights my way
For now I smell the rain
And with it pain
And it’s headed my way

This song felt perfect for leaving Connecticut. I had a great couple of months living there with mom, Jamie, Jamie’s mother, and Codie, but it was definitely time for me to keep moving. The leaves were actually falling so this song was meant for my road trip.

Take Me Home, Country Roads by John Denver

Almost heaven, West Virginia
Blue Ridge Mountains, Shenandoah River
Life is old there, older than the trees
Younger than the mountains, blowing like a breeze

I didn’t ride into West Virginia, but really it’s no different from regular Virginia. In fact, I don’t think we need a separate Westerly version of Virginia, especially after the 2016 election. I rode through the Blue Ridge Mountains and might have even crossed over the Shenandoah River.

Can’t You See by The Marshall Tucker Band

I gonna buy me a ticket now, as far as I can
Ain’t a-never comin’ back
Ride me a Southbound
All the way to Georgia now
Till the train run out of track
Can’t you see oh can’t you see
What that woman, she been doin’ to me
Erin dumped me a month ago and this song has been resonating with me whenever I think about how sad it makes me. I’m not on this road trip to run away, but the song matches my actions (traveling far away) with my feelings (having a woman make you sad)

Bat out of Hell by Meatloaf

I’m gonna hit the highway like a battering ram
On a silver-black phantom bike
When the metal is hot, and the engine is hungry
And we’re all about to see the light

Ruby Tuesday is not quite a silver-black phantom bike but Meatloaf’s rock opera is definitely about motorcycles and I can’t help but feel excited when this song comes on inside my helmet. Yeeeeee!

Ramblin’ Man by the Allman Brothers Band

I’m on my way to New Orleans this mornin’
I’m leavin’ out of Nashville, Tennessee
They’re always having a good time down on the bayou
Lord, them Delta women think the world of me

Nothing like driving across the country to bring out your Ramblin’ spirit but it has been FANTASTIC fun singing these songs for the thousandth time but  actually matching the lyrics to my trip.

Proud Mary by Ike & Tina Turner

Big wheel keep on turnin’
Proud Mary keep on burnin’
Rollin’, rollin’, rollin’ on the river

I got to spend the night with a friend in Clarksdale, Mississippi, the home of the blues and birthplace of Ike Turner. There are so many great songs that mention places in the South.

Got any for me?

What are your favorite road trip songs? Let me know and I’ll add them to my playlist.

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