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Many songwriters have been inspired by wheels, roads and driving to express love, feelings and situation in their songs:
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Katie Melua introduces us in 2005 to the nine million bycycles in Beijing in
“That’s a fact,
It’s a thing we can’t deny,
Like the fact that I will love you ’til I die.”
Hotel California is a place you can never leave, after driving there, and its even though you can check out any time you like – Eagles performs this longstanding hit in 1976.
Diplo “wanna ride with you ´till the wheels fall off” on coworked song Diplo/Thomas Wesley/Jonas Brothers
“Until we’re running out of road
Wanna dance with you ’til the music stops
‘Til we got no place to go”
Fast Car expressing the trouble old man and hard life while driving – the song hits us as a second hit after Talking about a Revolution when Tracy Chapman has her breakthrough in 1988 – and various artists continue to cover her work – here with Joan Blue, Dakota in 2018.
Black Rider, Bob Dylans on the legends latest album 2020. Dylan sings about “the road that you’re on, same road that you know. Just not the same as it was a minute ago”
Lana Del Rey sings in 2012 about the big life road, her father’s life and herself hung in:
“Dying young and I’m playing hard
That’s the way my father made his life an art
Drink all day and we talk ’til dark
That’s the way the road doves do it, ride ’til dark”
Mette Kirkegaard – a songwriter myself – sings about a train trip from New York to Arizona on my song Train 2011 from the Ep Dry Wood.
“Hey you with that big fat smile do you still remember, when we crossed that extra mile to catch a train to Arizona”.
Daryl Braithwaite on the album Edge from 1988 encourages us to get on that Sugartrain.
“I took the time to count the miles on my face
It’s funny how the towns go by
I was standin’ on a dream long ago
I don’t know how I survived
Get on that sugar train…”
And finally The Eye of the Tiger leaves us with a feeling that the street builds up the soul of a strong man,
1982, it was featured on Rocky III and sung by the American rock band Survivor
Risin’ up, back on the street
Did my time, took my chances
Went the distance, now I’m back on my feet
Just a man and his will to survive