Best Road Songs
There are some long, lonely stretches of highway in the Grand Canyon State. It's best to have some good music along for the ride. Here are the best Arizona road songs and one trail tune that name-checks Arizona to keep you hummin' along with your tires:
(Get Your Kicks on) Route 66
Songwriter: Bobby Troup
“Now it goes through St. Louie, Joplin, Missouri,
And Oklahoma City is mighty pretty,
See Amarillo, Gallup, New Mexico,
Flagstaff, Arizona, Don’t forget Winona,
Kingman, Barstow, San Bernadino.”
By the Time I Get to Phoenix She’ll Be Rising
Songwriter: Jimmy Webb
“By the time I get to Phoenix she’ll be rising,
She’ll find the note I left hangin’ on her door,
She’ll laugh when she reads the part that says I’m leaving,'
“Cause I’ve left that girl so many times before.”
Take It Easy
Songwriters: Jackson Browne, Glenn Fry
“Well I’m standing on a corner in Winslow, Arizona,
and such a fine sight to see.
It’s a girl, my Lord, in a flatbed Ford,
Slowing down to take a look at me.”
Ragtime Cowboy Joe
Songwriters: Grant Clark, Lewis F. Muir, Maurice Abrahams
“Why he’s a high-falutin, routin’-tootin’,
son of a gun from Arizona,
Ragtime Cowboy Joe.”
Songwriter: Lowell George
“I’ve been from Tucson to Tucumcari,
Tehachapi to Tonapah,
Driven every kind of rig that’s ever been made,
Driven the back roads so I wouldn’t get weighed.
Now if you give me weed, whites and wine,
And show me a sign, and I’ll be willin’ to be movin'”.