Friday, July 26, 2013

Scary song of the week: The Ride

On my way to work this morning, I listened to R.E.M.'s Automatic For the People, which, other than "Everybody Hurts" and "Man on the Moon," I haven't listened to in years. And even though R.E.M. did put out an album called Monster, it is not one of their songs that is our scary song of the week. I just thought I would share with you what I was listening to this morning.

Which is different than what I have been listening to lately. You see, my very young son likes country. Specifically, he likes Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings, which is different than just liking country, so it's cool. We have a Johnny Cash station on Pandora that we listen to when he needs a nap and won't calm down. There are some appropriately spooky Cash tunes that come up every once in a while: "(Ghost) Riders in the Sky," "God's Gonna Cut You Down," "Ain't No Grave," and "Delia's Gone" come to mind, as does "When the Man Comes Around," but mostly because that songs played over the opening credits of the 2004 remake of Dawn of the Dead. 

Country music certainly has it's share of ghosts. The biggest name haunting country music has to be Hank Williams. There are probably as many country songs about the original outlaw as there are about Jesus. I can think of two right now that are about a musician meeting the ghost of Hank Williams. The first, "Midnight in Montgomery" by Alan Jackson, is great song, but too new for my taste. Which leads us, finally, to our scary song of the week: David Allan Coe's "The Ride."

Lyrically, it's not that scary. Coe weaves a melancholy spin into his vocals that gives the song its emotional heart and sends the message out into the moonlit night. I get chills every time I hear it.

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