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“Midnight Rider”

The Allman Brothers Band | 1970

This brooding blues-rock ballad is despairing even by the standards of on-the-run road songs, finding the singer down to his last silver dollar, wearing clothes he doesn't even own. Co-written by Gregg Allman with Allman Brothers roadie Kim Payne, "Midnight Rider" became a hit in the early 1970s for both Joe Cocker and, as a solo recording, Gregg Allman himself. According to Allman, it wasn't written about a specific person but "seemed like the type of thing you'd listen to when you're traveling – I've always kind of dug that."

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“Road to Nowhere”

Talking Heads | 1985

A cappella harmonies give way to an a fuller arrangement blending pop and electro-disco on "Road to Nowhere," but the theme remains constant: We're on an eternal journey to an undefined destination. The song vaulted back into the news a quarter century after it was a hit when Gov. Charlie Crist used it in his unsuccessful 2010 campaign for the U.S. Senate in Florida. "It's this little ditty about how there's no order and no plan and no scheme to life and death and it doesn't mean anything, but it's all right," Byrne said with a chuckle.

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