The Ride

Album: Castles in the Sand (1983)
  • When I was thumbing from Montgomery
    I had my guitar on my back
    When a stranger stopped beside me in an antique Cadillac
    He was dressed like 1950
    Half drunk and hollow eyed
    He said it's a long walk to Nashville
    Would you like a ride? Son

    Well, I sat down in the front seat
    He turned on the radio
    And them sad old songs coming outta them speakers was solid country gold
    Then I noticed the stranger was ghost white pale
    When I asked him for a light
    And I knew there was something strange about this ride

    He said, "Mister, can you make folks cry when you play and sing?
    Have you paid your dues? Can you moan the blues?
    Can you bend them guitar strings?"
    He said, "Boy, can you make folks feel what you feel inside?
    'Cause if you're big star bound let me warn you it's a long hard ride"

    Then he cried just south of Nashville
    And he turned that car around
    He said, "This is where you get off, boy
    'Cause I'm goin' back to Alabam"
    And as I stepped outta that Cadillac
    I said, "Mister, many thanks"
    He said, "You don't have to call me mister, mister
    The whole world calls me Hank"

    He said, "Mister, can you make folks cry when you play and sing?
    Have you paid your dues? Can you moan the blues?
    Can you bend them guitar strings?"
    He said, "Boy, can you make folks feel what you feel inside?
    'Cause if you're big star bound let me warn you it's a long hard ride"

    He said, "Drifter can you make folks cry when you play and sing?
    Have you paid your dues, can you moan the blues?
    Can you bend them, guitar strings?"
    He said, "Boy can you make folks feel what you feel inside?
    'Cause if you're big star bound let me warn you, it's a long, hard ride"
    If you're big star bound let me warn you it's a long, hard ride

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