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What songs do you recall that refer directly or otherwise, to travel of some description?

Asked by ucme (46638points) June 7th, 2010

For example Sailing, leaving on a jet plane, she’ll be coming round the mountain ;¬} okay that last one was a touch mischievous but you get my drift. Feel free to sing whatever songs come into your head, come on now you know you will.

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Luiveton's avatar

What exactly is the main purpose of the question? Perhaps you can explicate it?

Luiveton's avatar

For one, I know that Elton John sang a song to do with Daniel and a train, but I don’t recall the name right now.

ucme's avatar

These must have a purpose!!!! That’s me well & truly fucked then :¬D

anartist's avatar

Mr Tamborine Man [Dylan], Leaving on a Jet Plane [Peter Paul & Mary], Kansas City, Country Road, and how could I forget—Route 66 [Stones and others]

Likeradar's avatar

@Luiveton Daniel. :)
Bright Eyes- Another Traveling Song
Metallica/Seger/Various Others- On the Road Again
Eve 6— Open Road Song
These might sorta work:
Beatles- Long And Winding Road
Carol King- So Far Away

Luiveton's avatar

@ucme Haha OK! @Likeradar Ohh, awkward then, it was right in front of me! :)

rebbel's avatar

Oleta Adams – Get Here

You can reach me by railway,
you can reach me by trailway
You can reach me on an airplane,
you can reach me with your mind
You can reach me by caravan,
cross the desert like an Arab man
I don’t care how you get here,
just get here if you can

ucme's avatar

@rebbel Excellent example….well adequate anyways.

Trillian's avatar

Come sail away – Styx
Ridin’ the storm out – REO
Station to Station – David Bowie
Space Oddity – David bowie
Major Tom – Peter Schilling
Don’t pay the Ferry Man – Chris Deburgh
The Walk – The Time
Wildfire – Michael Murphy
Jet Airliner – Steve Miller
Blue Skies – Tim Curry as Frankie

partyparty's avatar

Take me home country roads – John Denver
Midnight train to Georgia – Gladys Knight

rebbel's avatar

Your suggestion (the first images of that video) @lucillelucillelucille , made me think of this one:
Talking /heads – Road To Nowhere

ucme's avatar

@lucillelucillelucille Well i’d consider it but I hardly know you.Besides the neighbours would talk….& the wife woul…..ah, doesn’t bear thinking about, messy, very very messy. Although I could say the mad lady from off the internet wants me to go visit…i’m digging a deeper hole for myself aren’t I ?

Val123's avatar

City of New Orleans.

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

@ucme -Yes,you are!LOL!
@rebbel-I haven’t heard that TH song in ages!:)

Trillian's avatar

roam B-52’s

Cruiser's avatar

Why don’t you come with me little girl
On a magic carpet ride ;)

Val123's avatar

@Cruiser Magic Carpet is the ring tone I have set for my husband!

stranger_in_a_strange_land's avatar

“Rocket Man” – Elton John / Bernie Taupin

“King of the Road” – Roger Miller

“The Motorcycle Song” – Arlo Guthrie

Buttonstc's avatar

“Walkin’ in Memphis”. Eli Mattson

“Travelin’ Man” Ricky Nelson

“Around the World in Eighty Days”. Andy Williams

“I Left My Heart in San Francisco” Tony Bennett

“New York, New York”
Frank Sinatra

lloydbird's avatar

First heard – in the back of my brother’s ‘Tranny Van’, with some mates, on way to a music festival. Mid 80’s.

Likeradar's avatar

@Likeradar It’s called Turn the Page, not On the Road. For shame, LR, for shame.

Ltryptophan's avatar

Laroux, Quicksand, no mention of travel, but clear use of steel drums, and the word sand, both bringing visualizations of the carribean.

anartist's avatar

California doesn’t seem such a great destination
Dock of the Bay—Otis Redding
All the gold in California—Larry Gatlin

gettin one to follow ain’t easy either
Please come to Boston—Dave Loggins

Trillian's avatar

How could I have forgotten “the load out” – Jackson Browne…

eden2eve's avatar

Do You Know the Way to San Jose
Sweet Home Alabama
Where the Streets Have No Name
Travelin Prayer
Like a Rollin Stone
Highway to Hell

lillycoyote's avatar

There are probably thousands of them. Next to love, some kind of traveling, to or from, is probably the most common subject for songs.

But these are a few of my favorites.

Drive South

Ramblin Man

The City of New Orleans

Travelin’ Man

The Long and Winding Road



aprilsimnel's avatar

Eight Miles High – The Byrds. It’s about their going to London. Among other things.

Last Train to Clarksville – The Monkees. It was written about a guy being shipped off to Viet Nam.

Double Dutch Bus – Frankie Smith. The writer/performer of this song actually had applied to SEPTA for work as a bus driver, but that didn’t pan out.

Val123's avatar

Anyone say “I go walkin’” by Patsy Cline?
How about “Run through the jungle” CCR….?
@aprilsimnel About Last Train to Clarksville…I loved that song as kid, but now it all makes sense. I couldn’t figure out the line, “And I don’t know if I’m ever comin’ home.” Glad I didn’t know it was about Vietnam when I was a kid or I would have cried every time I heard it.

Val123's avatar

@ucme—Guess you weren’t “well and truly F’d” after all! We love questions with no purpose!! :)

Berserker's avatar

Wherever I may Roam from Metallica comes to mind, as does The Rollin’ of the Sea by The Irish Descendants. (It’s probably a remake, but I denno the original band, Wolftones maybe?)

I guess those are more about wondering and discovery, rather than travelling per se, but still.

Val123's avatar

“Turn The Page!” Bob Seagar

Val123's avatar

Draggin the Line

lillycoyote's avatar

One more of my favorite road songs Willin’, Little Feat, with Lowell George, of course.

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