Back In The Saddle

Album: Rocks (1976)
Charted: 38
  • I'm back
    I'm back in the saddle again
    I'm back
    I'm back in the saddle again

    Ridin' into town alone by the light of the moon
    I'm lookin' for old Sukie Jones, she crazy horse saloon
    Barkeep gimme a drink, that's when she caught my eye
    She turned to give me a wink, that'd make a grown man cry

    I'm back in the saddle again
    I'm back
    I'm back in the saddle again
    I'm back

    Come easy, go easy, all right until the rising sun
    I'm calling all the shots tonight, I'm like a loaded gun
    Peelin' off my boots and chaps, I'm saddle sore
    Four bits gets you time in the racks, I scream for more
    Fools' gold out of their mines, the girls are soaking wet
    No tongue's drier than mine, I'll come when I get back

    I'm back in the saddle again
    I'm back
    I'm back in the saddle again

    I'm ridin', I'm loadin' up my pistol
    I'm ridin', I really got a fistful
    I'm ridin', I'm shinin' up my saddle
    I'm ridin', this snake is gonna rattle

    I'm back in the saddle again
    I'm back
    I'm back in the saddle again
    I'm back

    Ridin' high
    Ridin' high
    Publisher: Warner Chappell Music, Inc., Universal Music Publishing Group
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 22

  • Seventhmist from 7th HeavenI went to high school with Gene Autry's granddaughter, Charlotte, and I wish I had thought to ask her what her granddad thought of this song. Somehow, I don't think he would have endorsed it.
  • Jim from New York, NyMan, how many days/weeks between vocal takes for this song? Maybe Steve did his vocal chords a favor and nailed it one. These were the days when no one rocked harder than 'smith.
  • Steve from Hillsboro, NhA frequent show opener in the late 70's and early 80's. The first time I saw them, the black curtain rose to the first ominous chords with the sillohette of Tyler bent down behind it. At the crescendo the curtain dropped and Tyler screamed "I'm Baaaack!" and did a Chuck Berry-style duck strut across the stage with the scarfed mic stand waving above his head. I thought I was gonna piss my pants. Now I'm 44 years old and I just saw them in concert for the 45th time ... J. Geils & Aerosmith, 2 Boston Bands in Fenway Park. They still get me off.
  • Robert from Waltham, MaAnother bitchin' song were Joe and Steven are given writing credits. The band's producer deserves more mention. He should write a book and spew the truth. Would sell millions!
  • Homer from Springfield, KySteven's insane. Those screams are just out of this world.
  • Tom from Robesonia, PaThis was the lead track on Rocks, their follow up to the highly successful Toy in the Attic. They wanted a track that showed that Toys wasn't a fluke. There isn't a weak song on the whole album. Rocks is definitely their Pump of the 70's. It was a masterpiece.
  • Jeff from Austin, TxWith all their flowery ballads, and ridiculous attempts to appeal to MTV-aged people, sometimes I forget how much Aerosmith rocked way back when.
  • Rudi from Punta Gorda, FlAerosmith opened their show with this song in the summer of 1976. I saw them at the Hampton Roads Coliseum. It was the first time I remember seeing Steven Tyler with all his ties on the mic stand.
  • Jacob Huffman from Rancho Cucamonga, CaAWESSSSSOME
  • Sofija from Novi Sad, SerbiaLiz is completely right, but nobody said the song's ORIGINAL meaning was Joe and Brad's comeback. It got that kind of meaning later on when they got back together with the rest of the band, and so the whole band went on a Back in the saddle tour.
  • Emma from Mississauga, Canadai was just thinking that the line 'four bits gets you time in the racks' could suggest not only sex but prostitution.
    and aerosmith hasn't gone yet and i hope they don't for a long long time. =)
  • Mike from Hueytown , AlGreat Song.... one of their best
  • Larry from Knoxville, TnI'd like to know how many Aerosmith songs are about sex
  • Gordon from Lake Havasu City, AzI'm glad that the confusion about the song being a reforming track was cleared up. However, maybe the confusion can be cleared up with the knowledge that Aerosmith's first tour after the reformed in the mid-80's was dubbed the Back in The Saddle Tour. But the song itself is incredible, the first time I heard it I was speechless for hours. Brad Whitford doesn't get enough credit for his lead guitar work on much of the Rocks album. Ridin HIGH!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Dominic from Mankato, Mnliz hit the nail right on the head. thanls for straightening that up
  • Rob from Vancouver, CanadaComeback song?....I don't think they had gone away yet.
  • Joe from Charlotte, NcThis song is about a relapse.
  • Ben from Nyc, MsThe Greatest Comeback song ever!; despite its other meanings
  • Billy from Boston, MaI own Greatest Hits of Aerosmith and Big Ones.Back In The Saddle is from Greatest hits,which is a good album, but I prefer Big Ones. Originally Back In The Saddle is from Rocks, I think.
  • Scaramanga from San Diego, CaAn awesome song, Aerosmith rocks
  • Billy Ross from Hagerstown, MdThats right. thanks
  • Liz from Lake Orion, MiThis song is NOT about Aerosmith re-forming. It was released on Rocks, their fourth album. That was 1976. Joe and Brad did not leave until 1979. Joe left during Night in the Ruts sessions, as Richie Supa is credited to guitar work on a few songs. Brad left during Rock in a Hard Place. Night in the Ruts is Aerosmith's 6th album. So a song on the fourth album released 3 years earlier can't be about an event that happens 3 years and 2/3 albums later. I think you are confused with Done with Mirrors or Permanent Vacation which were released in the mid-80's after the band was reunited and Permanent Vacation was the first album done by a sober band.
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