July 15.2015 – Story Behind The Song “Life Is A Highway” by Rascal Flatts

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“Life Is a Highway” is a song written and sung originally by Canadian-native Tom Cochrane. The song
reached number one on the Canadian charts and reached #6 in 1992 in the United States. It is his only US Top-40 hit.

In the 1990s Cochrane took his family to West Africa, where he helped to raise awareness and money for the World Vision famine relief organization. That experience shaped his next album Mad Mad World which contained “Life Is a Highway”. Places mentioned in the song are Mozambique, Memphis, Khyber Pass and Vancouver.

In 2006, American country band Rascal Flatts recorded a cover of this song for the Disney/Pixar animated film Cars. The movie was released on June 9, 2006. The song sold a large quantity of digital downloads, leading to a top ten peak on the Billboard Hot 100. In addition, the cover was placed as a bonus track on later versions of the album Me and My Gang, and also was included on their Greatest Hits Volume 1. This version also won the “Favorite Song from a Movie” award at the 33rd People’s Choice Awards. The instrumental of the Rascal Flatts’ cover version was prominently featured in the Top Gear American special aired February 11, 2007.

Life Is A Highway has also been covered by Rodeo Star, the late Chris LeDoux, Alvin and the Chipmunks, Jerry Jeff Walker, and Home Free!

The original version was used in the movies Cheaper by the Dozen and There Goes the Neighborhood.

On July 14, 2015, Scott Walker, Republican Governor of Wisconsin, launched his presidential campaign as Republican Party nominee in Waukesha, Wisconsin using the song.

LYRICS:
Whooo umm yeah…
Life’s like a road that you travel on
When there’s one day here and the next day gone
Sometimes you bend, sometimes you stand
Sometimes you turn your back to the wind
There’s a world outside ev’ry darkened doo

There’s a world outside ev’ry darkened door
Where blues won’t haunt you anymore
Where brave are free and lovers soar
Come ride with me to the distant shore
We won’t hesitate
To break down the garden gate
There’s not much time left today

[Chorus:]
Life is a highway
I wanna ride it all night long
If you’re going my way
I wanna drive it all night long

Through all these cities and all these towns
It’s in my blood and it’s all around
I love you now like I loved you then
This is the road and these are the hands
From Mozambique to those Memphis nights
The Khyber Pass to Vancouver’s lights

Knock me down get back up again
You’re in my blood
I’m not a lonely man
There’s no load I can’t hold
Road so rough this I know
I’ll be there when the light comes in
Just tell ’em we’re survivors

[Chorus]

Gimme gimme gimme gimme yeah

[Chorus]

There was a distance between you and I (between you and I)
A misunderstanding once
But now we look it in the eye

Ooooo…Yeah!

There ain’t no load that I can’t hold
Road so rough this I know
I’ll be there when the light comes in
Just tell ’em we’re survivors

[Chorus: (x3)]
Life is a highway
I wanna ride it all night long
If you’re going my way
I wanna drive it all night long

Gimme gimme gimme gimme yeah

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Robynn Jaymes has spent her whole life in radio… 30 years!! And almost half of them have been at Star Country. Originally from Cincinnati, Robynn came to the area as a Liberty University student. Along with all things country music, Robynn is a big fan of Football!—The Virginia Tech Hokies, The Washington Redskins and, of course, the Cincinnati Bengals. And also, “I’m addicted to the Weather Channel,” she says. Right now, Robynn is a big fan if the music coming from Miranda Lambert, Lady Antebellum and Kenny Chesney! Robynn is also a winner of the Billboard Air Personality of the Year award. Hear all new Warm & Fuzzies with Robynn M-F at 11:45AM!

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