There is a certain feeling that comes over all riders when they hit an empty stretch of two lane highway. No matter where they are coming from, and no matter where they are going, they all experience the same indescribable feeling.
These artists did their best to put that feeling down into music. Here are the five best lyrics, from the five best songs, written about motorcycles.
5. “The Other Kind,” by Steve Earle
The hardcore troubadour captures the feeling of losing yourself on a bike so perfectly in this song.
“Nowadays I got me two good wheels
And I seek refuge in aluminum and steel
It takes me out there for just a little while
And the years fall away with every mile”
4. “Ghost Rider,” by Rush
Neil Peart, drummer and lyricist for the rock band Rush had a long affair with motorcycles. After a family tragedy he found a healing place on the highway, and wrote Ghost Rider: Travels on the Healing Road
“Just an escape artist, racing against the night
A wandering hermit, racing toward the light”
3. “Motorcycle Cowboy,” by Merle Haggard
It doesn’t matter how much money you have, or how big your house is. As long as you have your bike and your woman.
I ain't got no driveway, Park my hog out on the lawn
I ain't got no driveway, Park my mean old hog out on the lawn
Well I ain't got me much money, But I Got me a long tall blonde.
2. “Born to be Wild,” by Steppenwolf
The theme song from the greatest motorcycle movie ever made.
Get your motor running
Head out on the highway
Looking for adventure
And whatever comes our way
1. “The Motorcycle Song,” by Arlo Guthrie
It’s just that simple.
“I don’t want a pickle
I just want to ride my motorcycle
I don’t want to die
I just want to ride my motorcy…cle.”