"Roll On" as written by and Josh Ritter....
West of her there's a place know
Never have been but I'd like to go
Somewhere out there I believe in me
And West of her is where I'd like to see
West of her there's another place
Sun shines soft on another face
And the river falls on another sea
And West of her is where I'd like to be

Roll on

I tried out-running you it didn't last
Everything that catches up must come to pass
And your voice is the one inside my head
I ended up out-running myself instead

Roll on

You'll probably end up thinking that I don't care
When you get a letter from a new somewhere
But i know you've got what you need to be
Happy someplace East of me

Roll on


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"Roll On" as written by Josh Ritter

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    General CommentAh. No Ones Commented Yet? One Of His BEST Songs.

    My Guess... About A Woman (Obviously) Who He Had A Chance With, But Passed It Up. He Tried To Get It Back ("I Tried Out-Running You It Didnt Last") But Was Unable To.

    I Dunno. Beautiful Song Though.
    DaMannIncon March 29, 2007   Link
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    General CommentVery Springsteen-esque.

    Hence my love for it.
    megasaurus44on February 18, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThe second 2 verses sound like a love song. The first 2 verses remind me of the old Woody Guthrie song "Roll on Columbia," hence the title "Roll On." The Columbia River flows into the Pacific Ocean, which is what the line "and the river falls on another sea" comes from.
    fatgilroyon April 09, 2008   Link
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    General CommentTo me, this song is talking about something
    that's over, like a relationship,
    and trying to move on or "roll on" and keep going with life.
    and he's just trying to go someplace else
    and start new, somewhere west of her.
    but i think maybe he still misses her (your voice is the one inside my head)
    but she's someplace else happy
    so he has to just keep trying to roll on.

    that's my try!
    speaksofton May 09, 2009   Link
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    Song MeaningYes a really great song. There is a great live version he did at youtube.com/…

    I agree that it is about a relationship that has ended. I think the 'trick' or the sly, unexpected thing about it is that it begins as
    if it is going to be about his own redemption in the wake of a relationship that didn't, evidently, end well for him/the first party. ("West of *her* is a place...*I'd* like to go"; "West of *her* there's another place..."). So the first roll on speaks to that--to his/the first party's going to that new place, with other faces that he will roll on towards. But then right after that the third verse has him feeling some doubt and resignation where it starts feeling like maybe he messed up because her voice is still inside his head and trying to outrun her kind of backfired. And then by the final verse it is like he is making some sort of apology to her, thinking she must imagine he doesn't care if she too is "rolling on" and getting letters from a new "somewhere" east of him. But then by the final line, the final 'roll on' he retreats a bit further into resign and remorse and on the basis of what he might have messed up, wishing her well somewhere east of him. The final "roll on" is, then, kind of for both of them.
    agrarianhistoryon November 18, 2010   Link
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    Song MeaningYes a really great song. There is a great live version he did at youtube.com/…

    I agree that it is about a relationship that has ended. I think the 'trick' or the sly, unexpected thing about it is that it begins as
    if it is going to be about his own redemption in the wake of a relationship that didn't, evidently, end well for him/the first party. ("West of *her* is a place...*I'd* like to go"; "West of *her* there's another place..."). So the first roll on speaks to that--to his/the first party's going to that new place, with other faces that he will roll on towards. But then right after that the third verse has him feeling some doubt and resignation where it starts feeling like maybe he messed up because her voice is still inside his head and trying to outrun her kind of backfired. And then by the final verse it is like he is making some sort of apology to her, thinking she must imagine he doesn't care if she too is "rolling on" and getting letters from a new "somewhere" east of him. But then by the final line, the final 'roll on' he retreats a bit further into resign and remorse and on the basis of what he might have messed up, wishing her well somewhere east of him. The final "roll on" is, then, kind of for both of them.
    agrarianhistoryon November 18, 2010   Link

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