Ventura Highway is a song by the band America from the album, Homecoming, released October 1972.
After debuting on the Billboard Top 40 Pop Charts in America, Ventura Highway went to #8, spending nine weeks on the charts.
The song was written by Dewey Bunnell, who also sang the lead vocals. Some of the lyrics were inspired by a childhood memory of he and his brother standing by the side of the road, watching the clouds (alligator lizards in the air) and saw a road sign for "Ventura" as his dad fixed a flat tire. In the booklet for the boxed-set, Highway, he states that the song "reminds me of the time I lived in Omaha as a kid and how we'd walk through cornfields and chew on pieces of grass. There were cold winters, and I had images of going to California. So I think in the song I'm talking to myself, frankly: 'How long you gonna stay here, Joe?'"
Did you know that the pro-wrestler-turned-politician, Jesse Ventura's adopted name comes from this song? The group was invited to perform at Governor Jesse Ventura's inaugural ball . . . my guess is that Ventura Highway was his theme song.