For The Travelling Ears

Life in the fast lane

Surely make you lose your mind

Life in the fast lane, everything all the time

Life in the fast lane, uh huh,”

Crooned the Eagles some 37 years back. Got me wondering what would be my top tracks to grove to while I go speeding down the highway (Jeep would be the vehicle of choice). Here’s a list of my six most desirable.

1) Buddy Guy- ON THE ROAD

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An absolute smasher from the album Living Proof about his “Blue Merc with a Snakeskin top”. Buddy shows he’s still got his mojo at the tender age of 80. You just can’t help but feel peppy.

Give it some juice, turn my motor loose

On the Road.

Hell yeah baby!

2) AC/DC – HIGHWAY TO HELL

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Boy o boy! What should I say about this classic? Anywhere anytime, unless you are cuddling up to your partner or takin’ your granny for a walk. Morning blues? Feeling angry?Let it out with this freakin’ mindblower!

And I’m going down, all the way down
I’m on the highway to hell

Care to join?

3) Sting ft. Cheb Mami – DESERT ROSE

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A contemporary chartbuster, Sting’s soothing and lilting voice and Mami’s vocal artwork calms you down instantly on a long winding road.

Sweet desert rose
 This memory of Eden haunts us all
 This desert flower
 This rare perfume, is the sweet intoxication of the fall

4) Led Zeppelin – KASHMIR

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Do yourself a favour. Just listen to this song and bow down before the GODS of classic rock. The very song which defines Led Zep. Page and John Paul Jones are massive here and Bonham takes drumming to the next level. Interestingly although the song’s name is Kashmir, it was written while traversing the Sahara in southern Morocco.

Oh let the sun beat down upon my face, stars to fill my dream,

I am a traveler of both time and space, to be where I have been.

I should have been born in the seventies.

5) Bleu Edmondson – TRAVEL MAN

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Probably the best ever travelling blues written. Such depth and soul. Perfect companion for a ride.

A neon sign calls me to sleep

But I’m wide awake so I roll on

Travelin’ man, ride as far as I can stand

My momma cries for the life I choose

6) Jimi Hendrix – Little Wing

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Well it’s Hendrix, what’s there to say?

Well she’s walking through the clouds

With a circus mind that’s running round

Butterflies and zebras

And moonbeams and fairy tales

That’s all she ever thinks about

Riding with the wind.

When I’m sad, she comes to me

With a thousand smiles, she gives to me free

It’s alright she says it’s alright

Take anything you want from me,

Anything.

Fly on little wing,

Yeah yeah, yeah, little wing

Painfully short, painfully beautiful.

So here they are, eargasm for a road trip. What about you?