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"Ride Like the Wind" by Christopher Cross (Christopher Cross, 1978)

Windblown: Digital Art by Shawn Michel de Montaigne





Ride Like the Wind

Christopher Cross



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It is the night

My body's weak

I'm on the run

No time to sleep

I've got to ride

Ride like the wind

To be free again


And I've got such a long way to go (such a long way to go)

To make it to the border of Mexico

So I'll ride like the wind

Ride like the wind


I was born the son of a lawless man

Always spoke my mind with a gun in my hand

Lived nine lives

Gunned down ten

Gonna ride like the wind


And I've got such a long way to go (such a long way to go)

To make it to the border of Mexico

So I'll ride like the wind

Ride like the wind


Gonna ride like the wind!


Accused and tried and told to hang

I was nowhere in sight when the church bells rang

Never was the kind to do as I was told

Gonna ride like the wind before I get old


It is the night

My body's weak

I'm on the run

No time to sleep

I've got to ride

Ride like the wind

To be free again


And I've got such a long way to go (such a long way to go)

To make it to the border of Mexico

So I'll ride like the wind

Ride like the wind


And I've got a long way to go (such a long way to go)

To make it to the border of Mexico

So I'll ride like the wind

Ride like the wind


Gonna ride like the wind!


Ride!


Gonna ride like the wind!


Gonna ride!



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So, some troll, probably the most numerous beast

on the Internet today, decided to comment about

my Music & Lyrics Playlist,

of which this gem is part.

He wrote:

"Cool. Supermarket music."


I had to laugh at that, because it's true:

in compiling these, my favorite songs over the course

of my life, oftentimes I hear them playing

in the supermarket, and I think:

"I love this song! I'd forgotten it!"


There is an inbuilt ageism in our culture,

one that excuses cruelty towards not just people

who are getting along in years

(however you define "getting along in years")

but also towards art, clothing, vehicles,

technology, hairstyles, as well as

speech, food, sex ...

pretty much everything you can think of.


That ageism is excused wholesale, and those who

are judged as "too old" are excluded and shunned,

especially if they have the kahones to

proudly list their favorite whatevers from

yesteryear.


"Run Like the Wind" is a great song, one nearly 50 years old.

Its age doesn't take away from its greatness one bit,

no matter what anyone may think, including you, the reader.

The oh-so-edgy music you cleave to today will, I assure you,

doofus, be playing in your local supermarket tomorrow;

I hope for your sake, as well as the human species' sake as a whole,

that the ageism you so casually practice will be a thing

of the past when that inevitably happens.



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Digital Art: Windblown by yours truly



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