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Submit Your Favorite Walking Song. Or Road Trip Song.

A quick post, Dear Reader. I’m almost to the end of my final memoir revision.

And I need your help.

What’s your favorite song with a variation of the word ‘walk’ in the title? Or maybe you love a song that features walking in the lyrics?

What about road trip songs? Do you have a favorite tune that signifies a long haul in the car?

Chapters in the memoir already make a rocking playlist. Maybe you’ll see your selected song in print. Leave your nomination with a link in a comment today. If I choose your song, I’ll mention you in the credits.

Thankyouverymuch.

(The Shrewsdays will return tomorrow. I’m not done with them.)

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TODAY’S MERIWETHER LEWIS BIRTHDAY MONTH TRIVIA QUESTION:

MERIWETHER LEWIS IS KNOWN AS AMERICA’S FIRST ___________________?

Yesterday’s Meriwether Lewis Birthday Month Trivia Question: SACAGAWEA HAD A BABY ON THE EXPEDITION. WHO ADOPTED HIM AND RAISED HIM AS THEIR OWN?

ANSWER: William Clark reared Jean-Baptiste Charbonneau as his own son. Congratulations to Jim Stewart for his spot-on answer!

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To Live Forever: An Afterlife Journey of Meriwether Lewis is just $2.99 on Kindle during August in celebration of Meriwether Lewis’ Birthday Month.

Click here to read an excerpt.

Or click below to buy it.

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To check out the entire Meriwether Lewis Birthday Month Series, follow the links below:

Lewis and Clark: Screwing Their Way Across a Continent
Lewis and Clark and Sex Bombs
Who Was Meriwether Lewis Godfather?
If Meriwether Lewis Had Lived to be 80
Lewis and Clark and Old Blue Eyes
The Lion Will Lie Down With the Lamb
My Natchez Trace Walk Featured in We Proceeded On
Dead People Follow Me And They Talk To Me
Is Suicide the Final Arbiter of a Life. For Robin Williams. And Meriwether Lewis.
WordPress Is Killing Me
Fate’s Fickle Fingering
Happy Birthday Meriwether Lewis
I Just Can’t Come
Guardians of the Neighborhood
Did the Vikings Walk the Natchez Trace?
I’m an Idiot Who Doesn’t Do Details
Friendship Makes the World Go Around
The One Where the British Ate Frogmore Stew

122 Comments Post a comment
  1. Hands down, Walking After Midnight by Patsy Cline. I used to sing it to the babies I used to babysit and I sang it to my own babies. I hope they sing it to theirs. Good luck with the final chapters/revisions! How exciting!

    August 27, 2014
    • Like you, I love this one. It was in the first draft of the book, but now, your name will be in the final, too. 🙂

      August 27, 2014
  2. “Walkin’ Back To Georgia”, by Jim Croce http://youtu.be/kIJabiKOtCU

    “Take The Highway”, Marshall Tucker Band http://youtu.be/25ALsr5phZo

    “Drivin’ Sister” Mott The Hoople http://youtu.be/gZbXJRh7taU

    “Highway Song” Blackfoot http://youtu.be/2mve2ElcpXU

    “Breaker Breaker” The Outlaws http://youtu.be/u3dlRdvnjuI

    “Two Lane Highway” Pure Prairie League http://youtu.be/_QQsEJFgPwY

    I wish I had more time to provide a few more, but it’s off to Orlando for a few days….good luck with “finals”

    August 27, 2014
    • Ray, you managed to give me a list of songs that aren’t yet there. I’ll have to listen to some of these and see where one might fit. Have a safe trip to Orlando.

      August 27, 2014
      • LOVE Marshall Tucker Take the Highway. You must be Southern!

        August 27, 2014
  3. tom petty – learning to fly

    August 27, 2014
    • I’ve been going back and forth on some Tom Petty, but you’ve pushed me in the right direction, Beth. Thank you.

      August 27, 2014
  4. These Boots are made for Walking, You’ll never Walk Alone, I’m walking on sunshine. Good Luck

    August 27, 2014
    • Three for three. All in the book. (If you want your name in the book, send it to me by private message.)

      August 27, 2014
  5. Alan Bothamley #

    I’ve got a song that’ll get on your nerves!!

    August 27, 2014
    • I’m sure you’ll serenade me for the entire week you’re at our house, Alan.

      August 27, 2014
  6. Have to be Holiday Road for us Griswalds 🙂

    August 27, 2014
    • Very good one, Kate. I’d not considered it, and I really think it might fit in a place where I’m not moaning and groaning. 🙂 Thank you.

      August 27, 2014
  7. Walk On By – Dionne Warwick

    August 27, 2014
    • Another one I hadn’t put in the book, Lou. Thank you.

      August 27, 2014
  8. Nathan also makes me monthly walking play lists (partially inspired by my walk with you)

    August 27, 2014
    • This one appears in a very special place. 🙂 (Your name is already in the book, as you’re a character.)

      August 27, 2014
      • Oh, I know. I just felt the need to contribute. 😉

        August 27, 2014

  9. Road Trip!!!!

    August 27, 2014
  10. My favorite walking song is Depeche Mode’s Personal Jesus. It always appealed to me because it felt natural to walk to it – the 4/4 timing probably helped there, but there’s no walk in the title. Similarly so with Tears for Fears’ Everybody Wants to Rule the World.

    I’ll have to keep thinking on this for you.

    August 27, 2014
  11. aboccucci #

    Meyer Hawthorne – The Walk

    Foo Fighters – Walk

    Fitz and the Tantrums – The Walker

    August 27, 2014
    • The Foo Fighters song in particular is perfect. Thank you.

      August 27, 2014
  12. One? You expect me to narrow it down to one! I’ll be back.

    August 27, 2014
  13. Between 1900 and 1950

    August 27, 2014
    • This one must go in, because Alice and Dad ferried me along the road of his name when they dropped me off and picked me up around Natchez. The heavenly fried chicken place is also on this road (fittingly.)

      August 27, 2014
    • I knew I liked Robert Johnson for more than just photos!

      August 27, 2014
  14. Then, in order and leaving too many out…Going Up The Country – Canned Heat; Truckin’ – The Dead; Road To Nowhere – The Talking Heads; Rambling Man; The Allmans; Born to Run – Bruce; On The Road Again – Wille

    August 27, 2014
    • Road to Nowhere and Ramblin’ Man are in (though MTM cannot stand Ramblin’ Man…….. he wanted to veto that one.)

      August 27, 2014
      • You are letting MTM have creative input?!?

        August 30, 2014
  15. Kir Piccini #

    I love “Walk on By” and “Walk Away Renee” but how about something like “Love Walks In” by Van Halen? I little guitar riff for those last few miles or Jill Scott’s “A Long Walk” (I really like the lyrics) .

    (I’ll make sure you have some mail later in the month to make the trip worth it , filled with your very own “butterflies” )

    August 27, 2014
    • I forgot about Love Walks In, which totally fits my love of hair bands. 🙂

      August 27, 2014
      • Kir Piccini #

        it’s a good tune 😉

        August 27, 2014
  16. michaelcarnell #

    Have to say it… On The Road Again.

    August 27, 2014
    • I’ve considered this song several times, but it still hasn’t made it in. There’s still time, though……

      August 27, 2014
  17. Walking in Memphis by Marc Cohn. Best.walking.song.ever.

    August 27, 2014
    • My fav. Had the pleasure of seeing him perform live in an outdoor venue a few years ago. 🙂

      August 27, 2014
    • I put Walking to New Orleans in the book to honor Mardi Gras, but I didn’t put this one in, because I don’t go near Memphis on the walk……………Lewis started from Memphis on his march of death, though, so maybe…….

      August 27, 2014
  18. I Walk the Line

    August 27, 2014
  19. Another vote for Foo Fighters – Walk (http://youtu.be/4PkcfQtibmU).
    Recent road trip favourite is Kings of Leon – Last Mile Home (http://youtu.be/mPJ_eVYQDgU).

    August 27, 2014
    • Thanks for bringing more new fodder to this discussion.

      August 27, 2014
  20. Walking in Memphis – which is wonderfully taken above. 🙂

    Jimmy Webb/Joni Mitchell – Walk Your Feet in the Sunshine.
    On the Road Again – Willie Nelson (and others)
    Hit the Road Jack – Ray Charles ?
    Leaving on a Jet Plane – Peter, Paul & Mary or John Denver renditions

    August 27, 2014
    • Hit the Road Jack is already in, Penny. 🙂 Love me some Ray Charles.

      August 27, 2014
  21. One that fits most literally to your inquiry. with “walk” in the title:

    And one that always reminds me of a walk, mainly because of the video:

    August 27, 2014
    • I’ve got to find a way to work a Depeche Mode in, because MTM and I both love them.

      August 27, 2014
  22. Alice #

    I am late to the dance – a few of my favs are already up hear. But this one also came to mind.
    Lets see if I can link, I’m a bit technically challenged.

    August 27, 2014
    • Of course, your selection must go in, since you are every beta reader’s favorite character. With every read, I got “More Alice! More Alice!”

      August 27, 2014
  23. Since The Proclaimers, I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) was already mentioned, I’ll go with Katrina and the Waves, Walking on Sunshine, because it’s such a happy tune. 🙂

    August 27, 2014
    • I put this one in, even though much of the walk felt like a lonely slog through hell……….

      August 27, 2014
  24. Also Nancy Sinatra, These Boots are Made for Walkin… because …hello sass! 🙂 Love this.

    August 27, 2014
    • tarakianwarrior #

      Love this Nancy. My cousins used to call me “Nancy Snot” cause I dressed like her. 🙂

      August 27, 2014
      • 🙂 that is awesome!

        August 27, 2014
    • One of my favorites from long ago…when I was too young to wear a mini skirt and boots.

      August 27, 2014
      • Yep, me too — but I can today, at Karaoke. Bring on the go-go boots! 🙂

        August 27, 2014
    • This one was first draft material. I’ve moved it several times, because it fits so many places. Awesome song.

      August 27, 2014
  25. Nick Cave and Debbie Harry- Free to Walk

    August 27, 2014
    • Love this one, Amber. Hadn’t considered it. Thank you.

      August 27, 2014
  26. If you think jazz qualifies:

    August 27, 2014
  27. tarakianwarrior #

    Uh, this is a tough one. When I was young and we went on a road trip the song we sang, and sang, and sang was the Marine Corp Hymm (I kid you not), and some song that I know the words too, but not sure it’s even a song (My home’s in Montana, I wear a bandana, my spurs are of silver, my pony is gray…). When I hike, or walk, I don’t listen to anything but my surroundings and now when I go on a road trip I listen to a book on audio. Not much help to you Andra…but thanks for the jolt in my memory bank.

    August 27, 2014
    • What’s funny is I didn’t listen to any music on my walk. I couldn’t have earplugs in and hear cars coming up behind me. I initially wanted To Live Forever to have tons of music in it, but the more I revised, the more that went to the sideline. So, I’ve come up with a way (I think) to make music a piece of the memoir.

      August 27, 2014
  28. jsteven3 #

    Aerosmith, Walkin’ the Dog and, for road trips, you can’t beat The Allman Brothers, Jessica

    August 27, 2014
  29. ARMaybank #

    Country Road – John Denver. When I was young, my parents moved from Milwaukee to a small town in MI. Our house in MI was in the country on a dirt road. We would sing country road when we got close to our town on every car trip back from WI. To this day, when I hear that song, I feel like I am 6 years old, sitting in the back of the caprice classic station wagon singing my heart out.

    August 27, 2014
    • Why didn’t I know you once lived in Milwaukee? Surely you told me that.

      Country Road is a classic. (And part of the sequel to To Live Forever is set in West VA.)

      August 27, 2014
  30. One more submission for a road trip song. Everyone knows it and sings it loudly. This is for you, Andra…don’t stop believing in yourself.

    August 27, 2014
    • I stop believing in myself all the time, but MTM will never stop believing in me. 🙂 I don’t know what I’d do without him (but I know I won’t play him this song, because he cannot stand Journey. 🙂 )

      August 27, 2014
      • MTM doesn’t like Journey? The best rock band of all time? And here I thought he was PERFECT :-p Play this song for yourself, Andra, but use the ear buds. MTM will never know…

        August 27, 2014
      • Even better? I have their two CD set of Greatest Hits. 🙂

        August 27, 2014
      • Ha! So do I…rock on sister.

        August 27, 2014
      • tarakianwarrior #

        Whaaaaaa? No Journey? I’m bamboozled. My favorite group – as long as the lead singer is Steve Perry. 😉

        August 27, 2014
  31. August 27, 2014
    • Love this! Pure voice, no enhancement needed. I guess there are still folks who sound like this, but they’re sure not in the forefront on the radio/TV today.

      August 27, 2014
    • Very good song.

      August 27, 2014
      • If Bill mentions a song it almost is always Townes van Zandt.

        August 27, 2014
  32. Well, dhonour jumped right on my all time favorite (and my Dad’s). That said, I also love this one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tN6xjwt-hDY

    Now, I’m going back and see what else is in here. Looks like lots to choose from!

    August 27, 2014
  33. Sailin’ Shoes–Little Feat

    August 27, 2014
    • Another good one. I knew I’d get so many eclectic choices from this group.

      August 27, 2014
  34. I like to drive… 🙂

    Greets

    Maccabros

    August 27, 2014
  35. This one’s in my latest memoir but you can use it too — “Once in a Lifetime” by the Talking Heads. Cheers girl, write on!

    August 27, 2014
    • My tribute to Talking Heads is Road to Nowhere, so you’re safe. 🙂

      August 27, 2014
  36. Oh, oh, oh…… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8uCsvWgmjwg One of my favorites from years back (and I belted it out, too). 🙂

    August 27, 2014
    • 🙂 I’m glad you’re enjoying this, Karen.

      August 27, 2014
      • Yep, have gotten little done this morning!! 😀

        August 27, 2014
  37. Debbie #

    How about Walking on Broken Glass by Annie Lennox? Great to walk to!

    August 27, 2014
    • That one is designated for a very special day. 🙂

      August 27, 2014
      • I bet I know which day and that is an amazing song…it saw me through some hard times.

        August 27, 2014
  38. I’m walking on Sunshine

    August 27, 2014
  39. Fire Lake by Bob Seger. I’m walking Fats Domino. Kentucky Rain Elvis.

    August 27, 2014
  40. Ok, Andra. This one is not as popular and does not have the word, “walk” in it BUT, it does have the word, “caminar” and shoes and it’s so sultry and funny and the music is awesome! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ISzoUdtMSH4

    August 27, 2014
  41. Lance #

    So many.

    Walk On – U2
    walk On – Foo Fighters
    Like a Rolling Stone – Bob Dylan
    You Get what You Give – New Radicals
    Heroes – David Bowie

    so many more

    August 27, 2014
  42. Speaking of my Emmylou (not the song of the same title by the Jersey guy.

    August 27, 2014
  43. ‘Sways with a wiggle when she walks’? Except it’s not really in the title. Still …

    August 27, 2014
  44. Well, here I am late to the party…but I have a few wonderful songs to add to this mix. Roam by the B52 with lyrics written by my former house mate Robert Waldrop. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iNwC0sp-uA4 ; Maria Muldaur’s Travelin’ Shoes https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hsn9iMXsSZc Which is an amazing folksy, bluesy call and response song.

    August 27, 2014
    • Roam has been in the book since the very beginning, Cheryl. I hope Robert will be proud.

      August 27, 2014
  45. A *lot* of my favs are already up, but since I am a consummate nerd, I’m always happy when “Song of the Lonely Mountain” queues up in my iPod for a walk or a drive. It never fails to make me smile. Others include “Free Bird” and our high-school car theme song “Run Around Sue.”

    August 27, 2014
  46. I’m late to the offering, but I’ll throw my two cents in. Walk on the Wild Side–Lour Reed and Walk on By–Dionne Warwick–I didn’t read each comment with links thoroughly. They may already be mentioned. I do have a roadtrip play list and one of my favorites is Don McLean’s American Pie. It’s long, singable, and brings on a bit of nostalgia! 🙂

    August 29, 2014
  47. Sorry I’m late to the party, but I’ve been so busy of late and I’m behind on my Andra Watkins. Trying to catch up and read posts of The Cootchie I’ve missed… just leaving snarky comments (and nice ones too) on fb isn’t enough.

    Okay, my song suggestion has to be Dr Wu by Steely Dan, on their Katy Lied album. A beautiful song and when he songs… “You walked in, And my life began again”… it has a lovely feel to it.

    August 30, 2014
  48. Here’s my pick… http://youtu.be/ZVetTbHiwjw

    Dr Wu by Steely Dan… when he sings “when you walked in my life began again’… Love that.

    Not sure what this whole song thing is all about, but did not see this classic mentioned penned before you were born when Roy was too ‘cool for school’ no doubt… Walk Like a Man by The Four Seasons.

    August 30, 2014
  49. I’m late to the party, I know, I know….

    Walk On by Neil Young
    Walking Blues – try the Hindu Love Gods version — side project of Warren Zevon & R.E.M.
    I’m Wide Awake it’s Morning – Bright Eyes
    Goldmine Gutted – Bright Eyes
    Talking Heads – I Zimbra & Life During Wartime — these are just wonderfully energetic songs to get you going.
    Walking on Broken Glass – Annie Lennox
    Walk the Dinosaur – Was (Not Was)
    and finally, Walk Like an Egyptian – The Bangles

    September 2, 2014

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