Gone Ridin'
Chris Isaak Lyrics


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Well the moon is on the highway, darkness fills the sky
As long as I keep driving, I know that I won't die

And I'm gone, gone, gone
Gone Ridin'

Well I broke up with my baby, told myself I won't cry
Broke up with my baby, told myself a lie

And I'm gone, gone, gone
Gone Ridin'
Get gone Cal

Well the moon is on the highway, darkness fills the sky
As long as I keep driving, I know that I won't die
And I'm gone, gone, gone




Gone Ridin'
Gone Ridin'

Overall Meaning

The lyrics of Chris Isaak's song, "Gone Ridin'," suggest a sense of escape, freedom, and a desire to forget oneโ€™s problems. The singer of the song seems to be driving away from something that has caused them heartbreak and pain. They have broken up with their baby, but they are doing their best to move on and forget about the hurt. The road seems to be a symbol of hope, a means of starting anew, regardless of where it leads. The moon and darkness in the sky also seem to suggest a sense of ambiguity, as if the singer is unsure of where this road will take them, but they are willing to take the risk.


The repeated refrain of "gone, gone, gone, gone ridin'," is almost like a mantra for the singer, suggesting that they are fully committed to leaving their past behind and moving forward. The line, "told myself I won't cry, told myself a lie," is particularly poignant, implying that the singer is trying to be strong and not let their emotions show, but deep down, they are hurting. Overall, the song evokes a sense of restlessness, uncertainty, and a longing for freedom. Nonetheless, the singer seems to be determined to keep on "riding," regardless of the destination.


Line by Line Meaning

Well the moon is on the highway, darkness fills the sky
Despite the darkness and dangerous driving conditions, the singer keeps going forward.


As long as I keep driving, I know that I won't die
Driving gives the singer a sense of control and safety in the face of the unknown.


And I'm gone, gone, gone
The singer is escaping from his problems and current reality through his journey on the road.


Gone Ridin'
The artist is committed to leaving everything behind and embarking on his journey of self-discovery.


Well I broke up with my baby, told myself I won't cry
The artist is trying to convince himself that he has already moved on from his heartbreak, despite the pain.


Broke up with my baby, told myself a lie
The singer is in denial about the true extent of his emotions and how the breakup has affected him.


Get gone Cal
The singer is urging himself to leave his previous life behind and embrace change.




Lyrics ยฉ Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: CHRIS ISAAK

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Comments from YouTube:

Buba Ganoush

Chris Isaak - Voice of the Century !! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜Š

Andrew's Funhouse

Love this song. It can never be loud enough. The part at the end at 2:18 when he sees himself on the side of the road reminds me of the classic Twilight Zone episode โ€œThe Hitch-Hiker.โ€

ElseMa

Great like the beat, the groove โ™ฆ๏ธ๐Ÿ‘

TheDrummingKangaroo

Although he died on Christmas Eve day, 2018, I found out just a few hours ago that James Wilsey (whom I always called 'Jimmy') is gone. Now I'm here on YouTube watching Chris Isaak videos & crying. I was lucky enough to have met Chris, Jimmy, Kenney and Rowland prior to one of their gigs at the Coach House in San Juan Capistrano, California, when I was 17 and not many people knew who Chris Isaak was. I also got to hang out with them before & after the concert. They all were very nice & personable guys and I remember them being happy to sit at the bar and talk with people. Chris signed the back of my ticket stub and the others signed a paper menu. I think I was there talking to them for at least 2 hours after the gig ended. I also met Chris' cousin, Aaron, who was one of the roadies. Long storey short, every time I went to see them in concert I got to hang out with them and each time, I had them sign something: a menu card, a magazine cover, a CD, a t-shirt, photos I'd snapped at previous concerts... It kind of became a running joke. Yeah, the drumstick Kenney gave me and the guitar picks Chris and Jimmy gave me have been misplaced over the past 33 years, but I still have all of the autographed items, my photos & my memories.

And my heart, which I had daydreamed about giving to Jimmy one day, is a little bit more broken now, but still full of love for the guy who was my 2nd rock star crush. I will never forget that New Year's Eve concert when I got up on stage and danced with Jimmy โค; It's one of my favourite memories ๐Ÿ™‚.

Satsuki Kiryuin

Every time I read about somebody meeting meeting Chris and his band mates, they all say that he is an extraordinary great person and I fucking love it, specially when artists of his rank are so humble and friendly towards their audience!!!

Michael McLeod

legends. envy you.

Lonnie Pistachio

Ridin' and vibin'... to this song ๐Ÿ–ค

ren hoek

What a voice

M H

Decades later, I still think of this song fondly from Morgan Stewart's Coming Home (1987).

Muk Sukhai

He sounds like rockabilly Elvis Presley
Base and drums are wonderfull to listen to. ๐ŸŽธ๐Ÿฅ๐ŸŽถ

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