With the exception of "I Love A Rainy Night," This was Eddie Rabbit's most successful song, reaching #1 on the Country charts and selling over a million copies. The song was inspired by the hectic lives of his roadies, whose constant traveling made them virtual strangers to their wives, families, and friends.
This was featured in the motion picture Roadie, which starred Art Carney and Meat Loaf.
Suggestion credit: Mike - Santa Barbara, CA, for above 2
David Malloy and Even Stevens wrote this with Rabbitt. They also collaborated on "I Love A Rainy Night."
Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn June 20th 1980, Eddie Rabbit performed "Drivin' My Life Away" on the NBC-TV program 'The Midnight Special', he was also the show's co-host... Six days earlier on June 15th, 1980 it entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at position #90; and on September 28th it peaked #5 (for 2 weeks) and spent almost a half-year on the Top 100 (25 weeks)... And on August 15th it reached #1 (for 1 week) on Billboard's Hot Country Singles chart... On the Country chart it was the 2nd of his five straight #1s; "Gone Too Far", this one, "I Love A Rainy Night", "Step By Step", and finally "Someone Could Lose A Heart Tonight" (in all he had a total of sixteen #1s on the Hot Country Singles chart between 1976 and 1989)... R.I.P. Mr. Rabbitt (1941 - 1998).
Esskayess from Dallas, TxI heard this played many times during the late summer of 1980, so whenever I hear it, back I go to that year.
Paul from Detroit, MiI miss you, Eddie! What a classic song.
Karen from Manchester, NhThere was a killer remake done by Rhett Akins. I believe it was used in the movie "Black Dog."
The Flaming Lips' "Do You Realize??" was named in March 2009 the official Rock Song of Oklahoma. Four years later, Oklahoma's governor Mary Fallin pulled the tune as the state's official rock song in a move her office said had more to do with priorities than musical taste.