The Naked Ride Home

Album: The Naked Ride Home (2002)
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  • "The Naked Ride Home" is the title track and leadoff song from Jackson Browne's 12th album. He recalled to Uncut magazine in an interview with their August 2010 issue: "How records get made is the most fascinating thing to me. I love 'The Naked Ride Home' as a recording. [band guitarist] Mark Goldenberg was playing structurally on the original session, and I was going to overdub him doing lead on top, but I wound up adding this great guitarist Val McCallum to the Band just to play that part.

    It's a deceiving song; it plays a trick on the listener because 'Just take off your clothes and I'll drive you home' sounds like a pick-up line. You don't find out until the end that these are married people. The assumption is there that it's about one thing when it's really about another. I love language so much in that way."

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