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You know those songs where the singer is trapped in some good-for-nothing town or otherwise undesirable situation but then finds the strength to leave it all behind? We're starting a category for those - songs like "Born To Run" and "We Gotta Get Out Of This Place." What are some songs that fit this category?

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more an emotional 'getting away':

Rearviewmirror ~ Pearl Jam

I took a drive today

time to emancipate

I guess it was the beatings

made me wise

and how about

Come Sail Away ~ Styx (or Eric Cartman :D )

Idlewild Blue (Don'tchu Worry 'Bout Me) ~ OutKast (isn't on SF yet)

People... Don't 'Chu Worry 'Bout Me

Evil... Gone Get Worried 'Bout Me

Well... I'm Gonna Choo-Choo Out Of This Lil' Town

And... Soon As I Do It I'mma Get Down

Come On

Leaving New York ~ R.E.M.

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They don't come much better than "Gotta Getaway" by Stiff Little Fingers.

You know there ain't no street like home

To make you feel so all alone

Plenty of folk to tell you what to do

But they don't speak the same language as you

[Chorus:]

They wanna have me here,

Have me and hold me near,

Hold me down, fasten and tie,

But the cars are all flashing me,

Bright lights are passing me,

I feel life passing me by.

The fuss is buzzing in my head,

My father argued and my mother begged,

It's not their words ain't tugging at me,

But gotta stretch them, break them, get myself free.

[Chorus]

Gotta gotta gettaway

Gotta gotta gettaway

I'm leaving home

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Do You Know The Way To San Jose -Dionne Warwick

Do you know the way to San Jose?

I've been away so long. I may go wrong and lose my way.

Do you know the way to San Jose?

I'm going back to find some peace of mind in San Jose.

L.A. is a great big freeway.

Put a hundred down and buy a car.

In a week, maybe two, they'll make you a star

Weeks turn into years. How quck they pass

And all the stars that never were

Are parking cars and pumping gas

Do you know the way to San Jose?

They've got a lot of space. There'll be a place where I can stay

I was born and raised in San Jose

I'm going back to find some peace of mind in San Jose.

Fame and fortune is a magnet.

It can pull you far away from home

With a dream in your heart you're never alone.

Dreams turn into dust and blow away

And there you are without a friend

You pack your car and ride away

I've got lots of friends in San Jose

Do you know the way to San Jose?

Can't wait to get back to San Jose.

Also:

Against the Wind - Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band

Christopher Cross - Sailing (Maybe)

Take the Long Way Home - Supertramp

Edited by Guest

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Going Up the Country ~ Canned Heat

I'm going up the country, babe don't you wanna go

I'm going up the country, babe don't you wanna go

I'm going to some place where I've never been before

I'm going, I'm going where the water tastes like wine

Well I'm going where the water tastes like wine

We can jump in the water, stay drunk all the time

I'm gonna leave this city, got to get away

I'm gonna leave this city, got to get away

All this fussing and fighting, man, you know I sure can't stay

Now baby, pack your leaving trunk, you know we've got to leave today

Just exactly where we're going I cannot say,

But we might even leave the USA

'Cause there's a brand new game that I want to play

No use of you running, or screaming and crying

'Cause you've got a home as long as I've got mine

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Carl, I think these fit the bill.

Don't Think Twice, Its All Right- Bob Dylan

Ramblin' - Marshall Tucker Band

Time For Me To Fly - REO Speedwagon

Already Gone - Eagles

Ramblin' Fever - Merle Haggard

Lyrics to Ramblin' Fever

My hat don't hang on the same nail too long.

My ears can't stand to hear the same old song.

An' I don't leave the highway long enough,

To bog down in the mud.

'Cos I've got ramblin' fever in my blood.

Caught this ramblin' fever long ago,

When I first heard a lonesome whistle blow.

If someone said I ever gave a damn,

Man, they damn sure told you wrong.

I've had ramblin' fever all along.

Ramblin' fever,

The kind that can't be measured by degrees.

Ramblin' fever,

There ain't no kind of cure for my disease.

There's times I'd like to bed down on a sofa,

And let some pretty lady rub my back.

And spend the early morning drinking coffee,

Talkin' about when I'll be coming back.

But I don't let no no woman tie me down,

And I never get too old to get around.

I wanna die along the highway and rot away,

Like some old high-line pole,

Rest this ramblin' fever in the soul.

Ramblin' fever,

The kind that can't be measured by degrees.

Ramblin' fever,

There ain't no kind of cure for my disease.

Ramblin' fever.

Every Picture Tells a Story - Rod Stewart

The Wind - Cat Stevens

Lyrics to The Wind

I listen to the wind

to the wind of my soul

Where I'll end up well I think,

only God really knows

I've sat upon the setting sun

But never, never never never

I never wanted water once

No, never, never, never

I listen to my words but

they fall far below

I let my music take me where

my heart wants to go

I swam upon the devil's lake

But never, never never never

I'll never make the same mistake

No, never, never, never

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"Black and White Town" - Doves

"I got to get out of this satellite town"

"I'm Bound To Pack It Up" - The White Stripes

"Tuesday's Gone" - Lynyrd Skynyrd

"Train roll on, many miles from my home.

See, I'm riding my blues away.

Tuesday, you see, she had to be free.

But somehow, I've got to carry on."

"Get Free" - The Vines

"I'm gonna get free

I'm gonna get free

I'm gonna get free

Ride into the sun

She never loved me

She never loved me

She never loved me

Why should anyone?"

"Easy" - Faith No More (Commodores cover)

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Going, Going, Gone

Bob Dylan

I've just reached a place

Where the willow don't bend

There's not much more to be said

It's the top of the end

I am going

I am going

I am gone.

I am closing the book

On the pages and the text

And I don't really care

Of what happens next

I am just going

I am going

I am gone.

I been hanging on threads

I been playing it straight

Now I've just got to cut loose

Before it gets late

So I am going

I am going

I am gone.

Grandma said, "Boy, go and follow your heart

And you'll be fine at the end of the line

All that's gold doesn't shine

Don't you and your own true love ever part"

I been walking the road

I been living on the edge

Now I've just got to go

Before I get to the ledge

So I am going

I am just going

I am gone.

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Boat Drinks ~ Jimmy Buffett

Boat drinks

Boys in the band ordered boat drinks

Visitors scored on the home rink

Everything seems to be wrong

Lately, newspaper mentioned cheap air fare

I gotta to fly to Saint Somewhere

I'm close to bodily harm

Twenty degrees and the hockey game's on

Nobody cares they are way too far gone

Screamin' "boat drinks", something to keep 'em all warm

This mornin', I shot six holes in my freezer

I think I got cabin fever

Somebody sound the alarm

I'd like to go where the pace of life's slow

Could you beam me somewhere Mr. Scott?

Any ol' place here on Earth or in space

You pick the century and I'll pick the spot

Oh I know, (I know)

I should be leaving this climate

I got a verse but can't rhyme it

I gotta go where it's warm

Boat drinks

Waitress I need two more boat drinks

Then I'm headin' south 'fore my dream shrinks

I gotta go where it's warm (I gotta go where it's warm)

I gotta go where it's warm (I gotta go where it's warm)

I gotta go where it's WARM!

I gotta go where there ain't any snow

Where there ain't any blow

'Cause my fin sinks so low

I gotta go where it's warm

What About Now ~ Lonestar

The sign in the window said "for sale or trade"

On the last remaining dinosaur Detroit made

Seven hundred dollars was a heck of a deal

For a four hundred horsepower jukebox on wheels

And that road rolls out like a welcome mat

I don't know where it goes but it beats where we're at

We always said someday, somehow

We were gonna get away, gonna blow this town

What about now, how 'bout tonight

Baby for once let's don't think twice

Let's take that spin that never ends

That we've been talking about

What about now, why should we wait

We can chase these dreams down the interstate

And be long gone 'fore the world moves on and makes another round

What about now

We've been puttin' this off baby long enough

Just give me the word, and we'll be kickin' up dust

We both know it's just a matter of time

'Til our hearts start racin' for that county line

What about now, how 'bout tonight

Baby for once let's don't think twice

Let's take that spin that never ends

That we've been talking about

What about now, why should we wait

We can chase these dreams down the interstate

And be long gone 'fore the world moves on and makes another round

What about now

We could hang around this town forever making plans

But there won't ever be a better time to take this chance

What about now, how 'bout tonight

Baby for once let's don't think twice

Let's take that spin that never ends

That we've been talking about

What about now, why should we wait

We can chase these dreams down the interstate

And be long gone 'fore the world moves on and makes another round

What about now

What about now

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Toes

Zac Brown Band

I got my toes in the water, ass in the sand

Not a worry in the world, a cold beer in my hand

Life is good today. Life is good today.

Well, the plane touched down just about 3 o’clock

And the city’s still on my mind

Bikinis and palm trees danced in my head

I was still in the baggage line

Concrete and cars are there own prison bars like this life

I’m living in

But the plane brought me farther.

I’m surrounded by water

And I’m not going back again

I got my toes in the water, ass in the sand

not a worry in the world, a cold beer in my hand

Life is good today. Life is good today.

Adios and vaya con dios

Yeah I’m leaving GA

And if it weren’t for tequila and pretty senoritas

I’d have no reason to stay

Adios and vaya con dios

Yeah I’m leaving GA

Gonna lay in the hot sun and roll a big fat one

And, and grab my guitar and play

Four days flew by like a drunk Friday night as the summedrew to an end

They can't believe that I just couldn’t leave

And I bid adieu to my friends

Cause my bartender she’s from the islands

Her body’s been kissed by the sun

And coconut replaces the smell of the bar and I don’t know if its her or the rum

I got my toes in the water, ass in the sand

Not a worry in the world, a cold beer in my hand

Life is good today. Life is good today.

Adios and vaya con dios

A long way from GA

Yes and all the muchachas they call me “big poppa†when I throw pesos their way

Adios and vaya con dios

A long way from GA

Someone do me a favor and pour me some Jaeger

And I’ll grab my guitar and play

Adios and vaya con dios

Going home now to stay

The senoritas don’t care-o when there’s no dinero

Yeah, I got no money to stay

Adios and vaya con dios

Going home now to stay

Just gonna prop up by the lake

Put my ass in a lawn chair, toes in the clay

Not a worry in the world a PBR on the way

Life is good today. Life is good today.

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Fast Car

Tracy Chapman

You got a fast car

I want a ticket to anywhere

Maybe we make a deal

Maybe together we can get somewhere

Anyplace is better

Starting from zero got nothing to lose

Maybe we'll make something

But me myself I got nothing to prove

You got a fast car

And I got a plan to get us out of here

I been working at the convenience store

Managed to save just a little bit of money

We won't have to drive too far

Just 'cross the border and into the city

You and I can both get jobs

And finally see what it means to be living

You see my old man's got a problem

He live with the bottle that's the way it is

He says his body's too old for working

I say his body's too young to look like his

My mama went off and left him

She wanted more from life than he could give

I said somebody's got to take care of him

So I quit school and that's what I did

You got a fast car

But is it fast enough so we can fly away

We gotta make a decision

We leave tonight or live and die this way

I remember we were driving driving in your car

The speed so fast I felt like I was drunk

City lights lay out before us

And your arm felt nice wrapped 'round my shoulder

And I had a feeling that I belonged

And I had a feeling I could be someone, be someone, be someone

You got a fast car

And we go cruising to entertain ourselves

You still ain't got a job

And I work in a market as a checkout girl

I know things will get better

You'll find work and I'll get promoted

We'll move out of the shelter

Buy a big house and live in the suburbs

You got a fast car

And I got a job that pays all our bills

You stay out drinking late at the bar

See more of your friends than you do of your kids

I'd always hoped for better

Thought maybe together you and me would find it

I got no plans I ain't going nowhere

So take your fast car and keep on driving

You got a fast car

But is it fast enough so you can fly away

You gotta make a decision

You leave tonight or live and die this way

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You know those songs where the singer is trapped in some good-for-nothing town or otherwise undesirable situation but then finds the strength to leave it all behind? We're starting a category for those - songs like "Born To Run" and "We Gotta Get Out Of This Place." What are some songs that fit this category?

Yazoo's "Tuesday"

Woman of thirty seeing the sun

Packed up her suitcase started to run

Looking for someone looking for none

Pack up and drive away

It was her birthday Tuesday morning

Realisation gradually dawning

A man in a grey suit whispered 'I'm calling'

Pack up and drive away

Woman of thirth, husband and kids

Chained like a dog she had to rid

No point in coping off came the lid

Pack up and drive away

Three thousand miles of honesty dreaming

Perfect imagery is a gleaming

No more shattered clouds were deeming

Pack up and drive away

In her heart it wasn't easy

Mumbled words and feeling dizzy

Reasons fight against excuses

Mothers have their ways and uses

Driving slower she was losing

Dream was stirring only dozing

Eyelids awaken to the daytime

Just an illusion broken sunshine

Woman of thirty there's no choice

I can't help your helpless voice

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"Stone Walls" by Jim Croce

It's been too many years inside this prison

Too many years just for one little fight

He got what was comin'

And I think I served enough time

I'm goin' home tonight

That stone looks mighty cold

And the guard that walks that wall

Is just waitin' to get a convict in his sights

But if I can clear the top

You can bet I'll never stop

Cause I'm goin' home tonight

Chorus:

Because stone walls do a prison

Make iron bars a cage

Any man who says they don't

Never been inside

Cause in time the bars get closer

And at night the walls grow tighter

Do you feel like there's a shackle around your mind?

Now those guards are on my tail

I can hear those sirens wail

But I know that I'll get away and that I'll be alright

Cause I'd rather live on the run

Stand free in the morning sun

Then to spend another lonely prison night

Chorus

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"I Take My Chances" by Mary Chapin Carpenter and Don Schlitz

I took a walk in the rain one day on the wrong side of the tracks

I stood on the rails till I saw that train

Just to see how my heart would react

Now some people say that you shouldn't tempt fate

And for them I would not disagree

But I never learned nothing from playing it safe

I say fate should not tempt me

I take my chances, I don't mind working without a net

I take my chances, I take my chances every chance I get

I sat alone in the dark one night, tuning in by remote

I found a preacher who spoke of the light but there was brimstone in his throat

He'd show me the way according to him in return for my personal check

I flipped my channel back to CNN and I lit another cigarette

I take my chances, forgiveness doesn't come with a debt

I take my chances, I take my chances every chance I get

I've crossed lines of words and wire and both have cut me deep

I've been frozen out and I've been on fire and the tears are mine to weep

Now I can cry until I laugh and laugh until I cry

So cut the deck right in half, I'll play from either side

I take my chances, I pay my dollar and I place my bet

I take my chances, I take my chances every chance I get

I take my chances, I don't cling to remorse or regret

I take my chances, I take my chances every chance I get

I take my chances

I take my chances

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