Tunes to keep you company while on the road.
SONGS ABOUT RUNNING AWAY and going on the road are almost always about love, because the romance of travel is best shared with that special someone. Lonesome travelers on the other hand, may sing of that dreadful longing to go back home, but what they really feel is a desperate ache to return to the person waiting for them. These songs show just that—home is not a place, but a feeling. Here are the songs to keep you company as you drive away from that feeling, and back.
“Odyssey” by HOME
It’s gonna be a long ride. Every odyssey starts best with a deep breath, and a cinematic introduction of strings as musical score, courtesy of
“Have Love, Will
Travel” by The Sonics
What better way to get you pumped up for your trip than a classic proto- punk roadtrip tune? Even if you’re not driving as far as “Maine to Mexico,” this reincarnation of the Richard Berry hit is guaranteed to get you off to a
“Reelin’ in the
Years” by Steely Dan
Every road trip with friends requires a sing- along track somewhere in the playlist. “Reelin’ in the Years” is one of those songs that are perfect for these
“Let’s Get Out of
This Country” by Camera Obscura
Damn right, everybody wants to get out of this country. Camera Obscura said it best.
“The Golden Age”
The opening track of Beck’s saddest album ever. Every part of this song— the acoustic rhythm, the slide guitar, the
glockenspiel— is heavy with intense sentiment. It really feels like a golden age whenever you’re driving alone, away from the weight of the world’s problems.
“Oh, the Places We’ll Go” by LAKE
“Oh, the places we’ll go! Oh, we don’t actually know!” Dr. Seuss would have been proud of this charming pop ditty.
“This Must Be the Place ( Naive
Melody)” by Talking Heads
“It’s the greatest love song ever made,” musician and Talking Heads fan Diego Castillo once declared. Enough said.
“Truckin’” by Grateful Dead
You’re on the road now and there’s no going back. Despite strange encounters and misfortunes on the way, if ever there may be, you just gotta “keep truckin’ on,” says the swashbuckling
men of the Grateful Dead.
“Muddied- up” by Shelleyan
Caroline Crawley soared above the rest during that New Wave era of ethereal voices. She’s the reason
why putting a Shelleyan Orphan song on the stereo is like putting a pillow under your head.
“Lovingly, Leaving Me” by Memory Drawers
Here is a song about happy goodbyes. What might seem like a throwaway track on the Internet by anonymous artist Memory Drawers is actually a gem among many other local indie songs hidden in nameless guises, waiting to
“Ever Falling in
Love” by Times New Viking
“A love song about all the places you’ve never been. Be happy with what you are dealt,” Times New Viking wrote in a note about this particular
track under their most recent album,
Dancer Equired. The band has been
known for their lo- fi sound and semi
“Taking Off” by Beach Fossils
A life spent on the road can be filled with toxic routine
and repetition. Going away from home and back too
often can make you feel “numb,” as Beach Fossils sings. “Am I excited or am I just so confused?” Sometimes you just don’t know
“Depreston” by Courtney
If Paul McCartney and Bob Dylan had a bastard child ( and if it were possible), it would be Courtney
Barnett. On this song, she fills us in on the miserable life
in the suburbs of Preston, Melbourne.
by Big Scary
A heart-wrenching tune and the sound of a path being paved to a sad ending. “Leaving Home” for the most part is filled with trembling
restraint and an impending doom. The crash comes in, and the song breaks
“My Little Corner of
the World” by Yo La Tengo
It’s a lover’s tempting offer to run away in the middle of the night. And if you can’t come, he or she will stay with you nonetheless, and sing you to sleep with this lullaby
“Balikbayan Box” by Eraserheads
What’s inside your
balikbayan box? Is it full of stickers, posters, clothes, or toys? It doesn’t matter, because the
greatest gift you can send back home is yourself. Welcome home, wherever you
“Fish Song” by Arigato, Hato!
“I want to travel by your side to see the sea and ride the tide.” Arigato, Hato!’s single is a sweet electronic
birdsong (or fishsong, if you will) as well as a lovely lesson in modest
“Lost with You”
It’s good to get lost once in a while. It’s a chance to spend
more time with the person sitting shotgun beside you. This song by Diego Mapa’s unsung project Eggboy proves that when your maps go missing, it’s gonna