Heading South On The Great North Road

Album: 57th and 9th (2016)
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Songfacts®:

  • This song is inspired by the Great North Road, which is the main route out of Sting's home city of Newcastle. Sting told The Sun about this autobiographical track:

    "It's about my journey (from the North East) to make my fortune, which I share with people like Brian Johnson (AC/DC), Mark Knopfler, Bryan Ferry and The Animals."
  • This is one of two road songs on the 57th and 9th album; the other one, "Petrol Head" is about the mythic highway of the American West. Sting said:

    "In my young life I covered enough road miles in both of these locales to recall that relentless gravitational pull, the promise of a different kind of life just around the next bend!"

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