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Old 05-27-11, 09:25 AM   #1
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Bike related music thread, if you'd be so kind

I'm listening to Taj Mahal. 'Further on down the road. I don't remember any cold days, just the warm ones with you'.

I can't help but relate that to biking with main squeeze.

Any others? Fire off.
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Loves me some Taj.
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Here is a new one. Kirsten Thien's "Please Drive".
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For me it's always been the Eagles "Take it Easy".

Well, I'm running down the road
tryin' to loosen my load
I've got seven women on my mind,
Four that wanna own me,
Two that wanna 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
Lighten up while you still can don't even try to understand
Just find a place to make your stand
and take it easy...


OH WOW.... how could I forget the other one that's been running around in my head the last few weeks for riding..... Charlie Hunter's "Mitch Better Have My Bunny"; it's got a really nice groove.
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Being the age I am, I always go back to the overture to Rossini's The Barber of Seville and Mendelssohn's 4th symphony.

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Bike related music thread, if you'd be so kind

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I'm listening to Taj Mahal. 'Further on down the road. I don't remember any cold days, just the warm ones with you'.

I can't help but relate that to biking with main squeeze.

Any others? Fire off.
My cycling playlist of about 250 songs that I enjoy while riding is available for viewing on my profile page. Three come to mind with specific “road” connotations and vivid cycling memories:

Take Me Home County Roads (John Denver):
“Almost heaven, West Virginia
“Blue Ridge Mountains
“Shenandoah River…”

Heard in a little West Virginia diner on the second to last day of our eight week cross-country bike tour in 1977 from Los Angeles to Washington DC, as we were two days away from those Mountains and that River, and three days from DC.

Take it Easy (The Eagles)
“Running down the road tryin' to loosen my load
"Seven women on my mind...”

This song came to mind on the first day of that cross-country trip as we sped down the first switchback mountain pass I had ever ridden, into Lake Elsinore, CA, after finishing my first mountain climb, over the Ortega Highway.

Running on Empty (Jackson Brown)
“Looking out at the road rushing under my wheels
“Looking back at the years gone by like so many summer fields…”

Heard while driving to the first century ride I was doing in about five years away from long distance cycling.

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Old 05-27-11, 10:49 AM   #7
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Born to be Wild!

Get your motor Runnin,
head out on the highway.

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Old 05-27-11, 11:27 AM   #8
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A life philosophy for me, but works well to motivate more riding:

Fiona Apple's "Better Version of Me" from the "Extraordinary Machine" CD
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Old 05-27-11, 11:51 AM   #9
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Bicycle Built For Two
(Daisy Daisy) late 19th/early 20th century

There is a flower
Within my heart,
Daisy, Daisy!
Planted one day
By a glancing dart,
Planted by Daisy Bell!
Whether she loves me
Or loves me not,
Sometimes it's hard to tell;
Yet I am longing to share the lot -
Of beautiful Daisy Bell!

Daisy, Daisy,
Give me your answer do!
I'm half crazy,
All for the love of you!
It won't be a stylish marriage,
I can't afford a carriage
But you'll look sweet upon the seat
Of a bicycle made for two.

We will go 'tandem'
As man and wife,
Daisy, Daisy!
'Peddling' away
Down the road of life,
I and my Daisy Bell!
When the road's dark
We can both despise
P'licemen and 'lamps' as well;
There are 'bright lights
In the dazzling eyes
Of beautiful Daisy Bell!

Daisy, Daisy,
Give me your answer do!
I'm half crazy,
All for the love of you!
It won't be a stylish marriage,
I can't afford a carriage
But you'll look sweet upon the seat
Of a bicycle made for two.

I will stand by you
In 'wheel' or woe,
Daisy, Daisy!
You'll be the bell(e)
Which I'll ring you know!
Sweet little Daisy Bell!
You'll take the 'lead'
In each 'trip' we take,
Then if I don't do well,
I will permit you to
Use the brake,
My beautiful Daisy Bell!

Daisy, Daisy,
Give me your answer do!
I'm half crazy,
All for the love of you!
It won't be a stylish marriage,
I can't afford a carriage
But you'll look sweet upon the seat
Of a bicycle made for two.
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No Queen Bicycle Race fans? Or is that too easy?
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Old 05-27-11, 11:55 AM   #11
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Bob Seger Roll Me Away Lyrics
Words and music by bob seger

Took a look down a westbound road,
Right away I made my choice
Headed out to my big two-wheeler,
I was tired of my own voice
Took a bead on the northern plains
And just rolled that power on

Twelve hours out of mackinaw city
Stopped in a bar to have a brew
Met a girl and we had a few drinks
And I told her what I'd decided to do
She looked out the window a long long moment
Then she looked into my eyes
She didn't have to say a thing,
I knew what she was thinkin'

Roll, roll me away,
Won't you roll me away tonight
I too am lost, I feel double-crossed
And I'm sick of what's wrong and what's right
We never even said a word,
We just walked out and got on that bike
And we rolled
And we rolled clean out of sight

We rolled across the high plains
Deep into the mountains
Felt so good to me
Finally feelin' free

Somewhere along a high road
The air began to turn cold
She said she missed her home
I headed on alone

Stood alone on a mountain top,
Starin' out at the great divide
I could go east, I could go west,
It was all up to me to decide
Just then I saw a young hawk flyin'
And my soul began to rise
And pretty soon
My heart was singin'

Roll, roll me away,
I'm gonna roll me away tonight
Gotta keep rollin, gotta keep ridin',
Keep searchin' till I find what's right
And as the sunset faded
I spoke to the faintest first starlight
And I said next time
Next time
We'll get it right
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America
Simon And Garfunkel

"Let us be lovers we'll marry our fortunes together"
"I've got some real estate here in my bag"
So we bought a pack of cigarettes and Mrs. Wagner pies
And we walked off to look for America

"Kathy," I said as we boarded a Greyhound in Pittsburgh
"Michigan seems like a dream to me now"
It took me four days to hitchhike from Saginaw
I've gone to look for America

Laughing on the bus
Playing games with the faces
She said the man in the gabardine suit was a spy
I said "Be careful his bowtie is really a camera"

"Toss me a cigarette, I think there's one in my raincoat"
"We smoked the last one an hour ago"
So I looked at the scenery, she read her magazine
And the moon rose over an open field

"Kathy, I'm lost," I said, though I knew she was sleeping
I'm empty and aching and I don't know why
Counting the cars on the New Jersey Turnpike
They've all gone to look for America
All gone to look for America
All gone to look for America
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Old 05-27-11, 12:14 PM   #13
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I like this one when I'm riding, but it probably works best when riding my particular bike...

Whoa-oh Black Betty
bam-ba-lam
Whoa-oh Black Betty
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Spinning Wheels by Blood Sweat and Tears is great, but my current fav is Green Day's Boulevard of Broken Dreams, from American Idiot. In my mind I change the lyrics to these:

I ride a lonely road
The only one that I have ever known
Don't know where it goes
But it's home to me and I ride alone

I ride this empty street
On the Boulevard of Broken Dreams
Where the city sleeps
and I'm the only one and I ride alone

I ride alone
I ride alone
I ride alone
I ride a...

My shadow's the only one that rides beside me
My shallow heart's the only thing that's beating
Sometimes I wish someone out there will find me
'Til then I ride alone

Ah-ah, Ah-ah, Ah-ah, Aaah-ah,
Ah-ah, Ah-ah, Ah-ah

I'm riding down the line
That divides me somewhere in my mind
On the border line
Of the edge and where I ride alone

Read between the lines
What's f'd up and everything's alright
Check my vital signs
To know I'm still alive and I ride alone

I ride alone
I ride alone
I ride alone
I ride a...

My shadow's the only one that rides beside me
My shallow heart's the only thing that's beating
Sometimes I wish someone out there will find me
'Til then I ride alone

Ah-ah, Ah-ah, Ah-ah, Aaah-ah
Ah-ah, Ah-ah
I ride alone
I ride a...

I ride this empty street
On the Boulevard of Broken Dreams
Where the city sleeps
And I'm the only one and I ride a...

My shadow's the only one that rides beside me
My shallow heart's the only thing that's beating
Sometimes I wish someone out there will find me
'Til then I ride alone...
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I just checked "Bike" from Pink Floyd's first album (Piper at the Gates of Dawn) but it seems it was only included in the UK and not the US release. It's probably on one of the later "Best of" albums. Doesn't really have a beat you can ride to.

For current motivation Adele's "Rolling in the Deep" is pretty good.
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No Queen Bicycle Race fans? Or is that too easy?
I had that as a ring tone for a while.

Bicycle bicycle bicycle
I want to ride my bicycle bicycle bicycle

I want to ride my bicycle
I want to ride my bike
I want to ride my bicycle
I want to ride it where I like
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Foghat "Slow Ride"
AC/DC "Highway to hell" "Thunderstruck"
Deep Purple "Hush"
Nashville teens "Tobacco Road"
Edgar Winter "Free Ride"

All of these will get your Cadence up.
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Is this cycling related titles or stuff we listen to for motivation on the road?

There's only one for the latter... Freeway Jam

For the former, I'll have to think on it and get back to you. Hm.
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I had that as a ring tone for a while.

Bicycle bicycle bicycle
I want to ride my bicycle bicycle bicycle

I want to ride my bicycle
I want to ride my bike
I want to ride my bicycle
I want to ride it where I like
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I sing on a long tour ride when I am by myself and just cruisin the country side - there's nothing better than
Arlo Guthrie - City of New Orleans

Ridin' on the City of New Orleans
Illinois Central, Monday mornin' rail
15 cars & 15 restless riders
Three conductors, 25 sacks of mail

All along the southbound odyssey the train pulls out of Kankakee
Rolls along past houses, farms & fields
Passin' graves that have no name, freight yards full of old black men
And the graveyards of rusted automobiles

Good mornin' America, how are you?
Don't you know me? I'm your native son!
I'm the train they call the City of New Orleans
I'll be gone 500 miles when the day is done

Dealin' cards with the old men in the club car
Penny a point, ain't no one keepin' score
Pass the paper bag that holds the bottle
And feel the wheels rumblin' neath the floor

And the sons of Pullman porters & the sons of engineers
Ride their fathers' magic carpets made of steel
Mothers with their babes asleep, rockin' to the gentle beat
And the rhythm of the rails is all they feel

Good mornin' America, how are you?
Say don't you know me? I'm your native son!
I'm the train they call the City of New Orleans.
I'll be gone 500 miles when the day is done.

Night time on the City of New Orleans
Changin' cars in Memphis, Tennessee
Halfway home, we'll be there by mornin'
Thru the Mississippi darkness rollin' down to the sea

But all the towns and people seem to fade into a bad dream
And the steel rail still ain't heard the news
The conductor sings his songs again
"The passengers will please refrain:
This train got the disappea rin' railroad blues

Good night America, how are you?
Say don't you know me? I'm your native son!
I'm the train they call the City of New Orleans.
I'll be gone 500 miles when the day is done.
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A Thousand Summers by John Tesh. This was used in ABC's Tour de France television coverage in the 1980s, so I can't help but associate it with cycling:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=18K9DQ_5NCc
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Arlo Guthrie - City of New Orleans
I know it makes no difference for the purposes of our discussion, but I loved Steve Goodman and always feel it necessary to give him credit whenever I can (he wrote the song).
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The Stones "Don't Stop"
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I know it makes no difference for the purposes of our discussion, but I loved Steve Goodman and always feel it necessary to give him credit whenever I can (he wrote the song).
Yes - I recall that. But nobody did as good a job singing the song as Arlo.
Willie Nelson cut it to ribbons as he did with a lot of great songs.
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Elvis Costello - Pump I Up

Great song for getting your heart rate up.
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