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"Hitch A Ride" by Boston (Boston, 1976)

Strands of Hope: Digital Art by Shawn Michel de Montaigne






Hitch a Ride

Boston



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Day is night in New York City

Smoke-like water runs inside

Steel idle trees to pity

Every living thing that's died


Gonna hitch a ride

Head for the other side

Leave it all behind

Never change my mind

Gonna sail away

Sunlight's another day

Freedom on my mind

Carry me away for the last time

Oh yeah


Life is like the coldest winter

People freeze the tears I cry

Words of hell their minds are into

I've got to crack this ice and fly


Gonna hitch a ride

Head for the other side

Leave it all behind

Never change my mind

Gonna sail away

Sunlight's another day

Freedom on my mind

Carry me away for the last time


Gonna hitch a ride

Head for the other side

Leave it all behind

Never change my mind

Gonna sail away

Sunlight's another day

Freedom on my mind

Carry me away for the last time



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There isn't a single note in this song I don't

know by heart, having listened to it

probably thousands of times.

The same goes for the entire album,

in my view the greatest debut album

in history, regardless of genre.


Boston's innate optimism can be found

in spades here, even in a sadder song

like this one.

"Gonna hitch a ride" was, and is still,

something I've sung when deciding to make

a big change in my life,

be it a relationship that needs to die

or a new way of thinking and doing things.

The guitar solo at the end

backpacks off into the unknown

while complementing the main melody.

It's pure and innocent and hurt,

three adjectives that apply to me,

though for many they translate to

naive, impractical, and pathetic.

I'm okay with that.

Those people are long gone,

and they aren't coming back.

I hitched a ride from them,

and I live still,

seeking that purity and innocence,

while owning my own hurt.





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Digital art: Strands of Hope by yours truly





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