David Allan Coe’s classic song “The Ride” is a powerful and poignant tribute to one of the greatest voices in country music history, Hank Williams Sr.
The song tells the story of a young man who hitchhikes his way from Montgomery, Alabama to Nashville, Tennessee with dreams of becoming a country music star. Along the way, he meets an old man who tells him stories about Hank Williams and the struggles he faced on his own journey to stardom.
The chorus is where the song really shines, as Coe sings, “Ride, ride, ride / Let it ride / Let it roll / He’s got a one-way ticket to the blues / And he’s gonna make ’em pay for the things that they do.”
Through this catchy refrain, Coe captures the essence of what it means to be a struggling artist – to pour your heart and soul into your music, even when it feels like no one else is listening.
But perhaps the most powerful aspect of “The Ride” is its reverence for Hank Williams Sr., one of the most influential figures in country music history. The old man in the song tells the young hitchhiker about Hank’s battles with addiction and personal demons, but also about his incredible talent and the impact he had on the genre as a whole.
As Coe sings in the final verse, “Son, this ain’t just a song / This is a lesson to be learned / If you’re gonna play in Texas, you gotta have a fiddle in the band / That lead guitar is hot, but not for ‘Louisiana Man.'”
In other words, Coe is reminding us that the history and tradition of country music is something to be respected and revered, and that true artists must build on the foundations laid by those who came before them.
Overall, “The Ride” is a beautiful tribute to the power of music and the unyielding spirit of artists who refuse to give up on their dreams. Through its powerful lyrics and soaring vocals, it serves as a testament to the enduring legacy of Hank Williams Sr. and the impact he had on generations of country musicians to come.