Sunday, September 1, 2013

Ventura Highway ~ America



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.


Source:  Wikipedia




Lyrics
Ventura Highway | America

Chewing on a piece of grass, walking down the road 
Tell me how long you gonna stay here, Joe? 
Some people say this town don't look good in snow 
You don't care, I know 

Ventura Highway in the sunshine 
Where the days are longer 
The nights are stronger than moonshine 
You're gonna go, I know 

'Cause the free wind is blowin' through your hair 
And the days surround your daylight there 
Seasons crying no despair 
Alligator lizards in the air, in the air 

Di dit, di dit, di dit, di dit 
Di dit, di dit, di dit, di dit 
Di dit, di dit, di dit, di dit 
Di dit, di dit 

Wishin' on a falling star, waitin' for the early train 
Sorry boy, but I've been hit by a purple rain 
Aww, come on, Joe, you can always change your name 
Thanks a lot son, just the same 

Ventura Highway in the sunshine 
Where the days are longer 
The nights are stronger than moonshine 
You're gonna go, I know 

'Cause the free wind is blowin' through your hair 
And the days surround your daylight there 
Seasons crying no despair 
Alligator lizards in the air, in the air 

Di dit, di dit, di dit, di dit 
Di dit, di dit, di dit, di dit 
Di dit, di dit, di dit, di dit 
Di dit, di dit, di dit, di dit 
Di dit, di dit, di dit, di dit 
Di dit, di dit, di dit, di dit






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