back in the saddle
Areosmith Lyrics


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I'm back
I'm back in the saddle again
I'm back
I'm back in the saddle again

Ridin' into town alone by the light of the moon
I'm lookin' for Sukie Jones, she crazy horse saloon
Barkeep gimme a drink, that's when she caught my eye
She turned to give me a wink, that make a grown man cry

I'm back in the saddle again
I'm back
I'm back in the saddle again
I'm back

Come easy, go easy, all right, 'til the rising sun
I'm calling all the shots, tonight I'm like a loaded gun
Peelin' off my boots and chaps, I'm saddle sore
Four bits gets you time in the racks, I scream for more
Fool's gold out of their mines, the girls are soaking wet
No tongue's drier than mine, I'll come when I get back

I'm back in the saddle again
I'm back
I'm back in the saddle again

I'm ridin', I'm loadin' up my pistol
I'm ridin', I really got a fistful
I'm ridin', I'm shinin' up my saddle
I'm ridin', this snake is gonna rattle

I'm back in the saddle again
I'm back
I'm back in the saddle again
I'm back

Ridin' high
Ridin' high




Ridin' high
Already

Overall Meaning

In Aerosmith's song "Back in the Saddle," the singer narrates his return to what seems to be his former life of wild and roguish behaviors. He rides into town by the light of the moon, seeking the company of Sukie Jones at the Crazy Horse saloon. The barkeep serves him a drink, and Sukie catches his eye and winks at him, making a grown man cry. The singer appears to revel in his wild and free lifestyle, stating that he will call all the shots that night and that he is like a loaded gun. His boots and chaps have left him saddle sore, but he screams for more.


The lyric "Fool's gold out of their mines, the girls are soaking wet" suggests that the women the singer encounters are in awe of him, perhaps indicating a history of sexual exploits. He appears to be a confident and domineering figure who has the upper hand in their interactions. Overall, the singer relishes the excitement and danger of his life, evidenced by the lyrics "I'm shining up my saddle/This snake is gonna rattle."


Line by Line Meaning

I'm back
The singer has returned


I'm back in the saddle again
The singer has returned to their former ways


Ridin' into town alone by the light of the moon
The singer is traveling solo in the darkness of the night


I'm lookin' for Sukie Jones, she crazy horse saloon
The artist is searching for a specific person at a particular location


Barkeep gimme a drink, that's when she caught my eye
The artist is ordering a drink and gets distracted by a woman


She turned to give me a wink, that make a grown man cry
The woman flirtatiously winks at the singer


Come easy, go easy, all right, 'til the rising sun
Take it easy until the sun comes up


I'm calling all the shots, tonight I'm like a loaded gun
The artist is in control and dangerous


Peelin' off my boots and chaps, I'm saddle sore
The artist is removing their riding gear and is tired from their activities


Four bits gets you time in the racks, I scream for more
The artist has paid for a service and desires more


Fool's gold out of their mines, the girls are soaking wet
The dancers at the saloon aren't genuine and are being seductive


No tongue's drier than mine, I'll come when I get back
The artist is thirsty and intends to return


I'm ridin', I'm loadin' up my pistol
The singer is preparing for action


I'm ridin', I really got a fistful
The singer has a lot of power


I'm ridin', I'm shinin' up my saddle
The singer is polishing their equipment


I'm ridin', this snake is gonna rattle
The artist is ready to make trouble


Ridin' high
The artist is feeling great


Ridin' high
The singer is feeling euphoric


Ridin' high
The singer is on top of the world


Already
The artist is confident and prepared




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Lyrics:
(Chorus)
I'm back
I'm back in the saddle again
I'm back
I'm back in the saddle again

Ridin' into town alone
By the light of the moon
I'm looking for ol Sukie Jones
She crazy horse saloon
Barkeep gimme a drink
That's when she caught my eye
She turned to give me a wink
That make a grown man cry

(Chorus)

Come easy, go easy
All right until the rising sun
I'm calling all the shots tonight
I'm like a loaded gun
Peelin' off my boots and chaps
I'm saddle sore
Four bits gets you time in the racks
I scream for more
Fools' gold out of their mines
The girls are soaking wet
Not tounge's drier than mine
I'll come when I get back

I'm back in the saddle again
I'm back
I'm back in the saddle again
I'm riding, I'm loading up my pistol
I'm riding, I really got a fistful
I'm riding, I'm shining up my saddle
I'm riding, this snake is gonna rattle

(Chorus)

Ridin' high
Ridin' high
Ridin' high already



All comments from YouTube:

@malcolmmarshall5946

I will never forget when I was 16 years old, playing this song pretty loud on my Pioneer stereo, my prim and proper, 67 year old British grandma gave a little giggle and said "Oh that was smashing, can you please play that one again?" Bless her, she was a cool ole granny.

@gboard17

Great song. I'm a one man band on youtube.

@JakeTheComicBookDude

@@gboard17 song heard from the 2010 DC non superhero action comedy, “RED”.

@bowensby1

Good music is timeless...

@JakeTheComicBookDude

@@bowensby1 ok

@daviddemaria3982

Kick ass granny!

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@jeffreychase692

Literally one of the best rock songs ever. Insane energy

@gregwilkinson5185

I don't know which one is better. Toys in the attic or Rocks!

@joedellaselva1251

You picked up on the same vibe as I did when I first heard it as a 14 y/o. This is Beethoven's 5th in classic music terms. Something other worldly happened when Aerosmith composed and then played it. 1A,1AA, etc? Sweet Emotion, Kick Start my Heart, Jet City Woman + She Sells Sanctuary (full 7-minute version).

@juliereminiec4937

This was when Aerosmith was a metal band

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