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Old 09-08-07, 09:41 AM   #1
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Songs that describe the feeling of bicycle touring

What songs do you feel best describe the essence of bicycle touring.
My #1 pick would be Snowin on Raton -Townes Van Zandt
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cxC1u...elated&search=
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"On the Road Again" by Willie, and "Rollin' Down the Highway" by the Doobies. Can you tell my age?
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not at all, I'm 25 and think those are great songs
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What about ... "6 Days on the Road and I'm Gonna Make it Home Tonight"?
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Yes I have 3 versions of Sixdays
Taj Mahal
Sreve Earle
Gram Parsons
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And the line: "I'm a little overweight and my log books are way behind" sort of fits my style of cycling ... not that I'm overweight but that I always carry a bit too much stuff and my ride journal is usually a few days behind.

Plus when I get all the gear on my bicycle, I feel like I've gone from riding a sedan to riding a semi. I was joking on my most recent tour that I should have one of those "Wide Load" signs attached across the back of my panniers.
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Roadtrip by Tim Finn
Homeward Bound by Simon and Garfunkel
Life is a Highway by Tom Cochrane
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What songs do you feel best describe the essence of bicycle touring.
My #1 pick would be Snowin on Raton -Townes Van Zandt
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cxC1u...elated&search=
Better(?) yet, "To Live is To Fly". Although I have only the Cowboy Junkies version.
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Yes I have 3 versions of Sixdays
Taj Mahal
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And don't forget the Sawyer Brown version

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I have a whole collection of "road" songs, but a few of my favorites:

Radar Love by Golden Earing
Life is a Highway by Tom Cochrane
Lunatic Fringe by Red Rider
Highway to Hell by AC/DC(my favorite sprint song when I was racing)
Just about anything by Marshal Tucker Band or the Allman Brothers

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Old 09-08-07, 03:48 PM   #12
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My personal favorites are Key to the Highway by Eric Clapton and BB King and Hit the Road Jack for Ray Charles.

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Turn the page - Bob Seger
Why Aye Man, Marbletown, Northumberland - Mark Knopfler
Slow Down - Morcheeba
Ramble On - Led Zep
Magic Carpet Ride, Born to be Wild - Steppenwolf
Walk the Walk - Poe
Midnight Rider - Allman Bros
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"Rockin' Down the Highway" will make you tear off your headphones after hearing it for the 3rd time the same day.

"Driving My Life Away" is good. "Steep grade, up ahead, slow me down, making no time, yeah I got to keep a-rolling".
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How about..
the Bicycle Trip by Bruce Cockburn (from the album "Bruce Cockburn' 1970)

Drift along
Hear the gravel crackle
Butterflies
Shades of the eternal dancer
God has buttered the land with sunlight
Sunlight
Corn grows high
Like a tall watusi
Katydid
Hums a monotonous tune
Rather hypnotically
Hmmmmmm
Overhead there's a parrot with boxing gloves
Singing like me
What a clever bird
Even knows the words
But he doesn't seem to see
Me
Making my great escape
You can just take so much of your own advice
Who needs a king
Sitting in a tree
So loquaciously
Pigeonholing everything
Pigeons have a way of taking wing
Back again
Purple thistles bristle
All around
Bane of the Eternal Dancer
Hmmmmmm
Home is just around the bend...
The end
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Old 09-08-07, 05:55 PM   #16
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The theme song from "Captain Kangaroo" - -
It has the perfect cadence for pedalling.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q3w7w58CREY
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Luka Bloom's track about bicycling, "The Acoustic Motorbike" (not a fan but seems relevant...)
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Ok, it's me. And an open-tuned acoustic guitar. The first song is called San Felasco. It's seven and some minutes with one real line: "Got a long way/to keep your head up." Somewhere between bleak and spacious and reassuring. I love it.

There's also the song Carlos. Carlos is an acoustic guitar that I brought with me from Tampa up and along the Blue Ridge Parkway three years ago. I left Carlos with the Cookie Lady. Hopefully this qualifies me for something. = )
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Old 09-08-07, 08:28 PM   #19
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My first choice is East Bound and Down(Theme from Smokey and the Bandit):

Ol' Smokey's got them ears on,
He's hot on your trail
and he ain't gonna rest til you're in jail
So you've got to dodge him, you've got to duck him
You've got to keep that diesel truckin'
Just put that hammer down and give hell!
Somehow, in my case, as a clyde, pulling a BOB, this passage seems to fit me especially well, especially on the first day of any tour, when my main goal(since I'm alway running late) is to try to make time as well as I can.
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Better(?) yet, "To Live is To Fly". Although I have only the version.
I think Cowboy Junkies is the best version.
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I'm gonna go with the feeling more than the actual lyrics...

Witchita Lineman--Glen Cambell

Catch the Sun--Doves

Ventura Highway--America

Classical Gas--Mason Williams

A Million Miles Away--The Plimsouls

The Air That I Breathe--Hollies

Times Like These--Foo Fighters

Steppin' Out--Joe Jackson

Ariane--Acoustic Alchemy

>>>Matthew, nice work! That's something I would listen to on a long lonely road.

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Old 09-08-07, 10:35 PM   #22
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And let's not forget ...

Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head
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"Out in the Country" by Three Dog Night
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Luka Bloom's track about bicycling, "The Acoustic Motorbike" (not a fan but seems relevant...)
I'm a huge fan. Every time he graces our shores I go to a gig, I suggest anyone that likes folk music should. Great song too, now that you've mentioned it I can't get it out of my head.

"pedal on, pedal on, pedal on for miles, pedal on"
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I have a Few...

Truckin-,just cant get the line "What a long and strange trip its been" outta my head. And

Goin Down the Road Feelin Bad

Promised Land

Scarlet Begonias/Fire on the Mountian

China Cat Sunflower/I Know You Rider

Help is on the Way/Slipknot/Franklin's Tower

Not Fade Away

He's Gone

Tons of Steel

Touch of Gray

Cassiday

Cold Rain and Snow

The Wheel

Estimated Prophet

Throwing Stones

Wave That Flag

And the Entire 5/8/77 Show from Cornell Univ.

"Jus A Freaky Ole Deadhead,Doin Sumphin Different" This is what I tell Folk that ask if I am riding across country
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