"Driving South" as written by and John Squire....
Driving south 'round midnight, man, I must have been insane
Driving south 'round midnight in a howling hurricane
I stopped for an old man hitcher at a lonely old crossroad
He said "I'm going nowhere
I'm only here to see if I can steal your soul"

"I'm not trying to make you, I don't want to touch your skin
I know all there is to know about you and all your sins
Well, you ain't too young or pretty, and yer sure as hell can't sing
Any time you want to sell your soul
I've got a toll-free number you can ring"

Yeah, that's what I thought he said anyway

"I'm not trying to make you, I don't want to touch your skin
I know all there is to know about you and all your sins
Well, you ain't too young or pretty, and yer sure as hell can't sing
Any time you want to sell your soul
I've got a toll-free number you can ring"

0 800 treble six, oh yeah
0 800 treble six, oh yeah

I stopped for an old man hitcher at a lonely old crossroads
He said "I'm going nowhere
I'm only here to see if I can steal your soul"
He got!


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"Driving South" as written by John Squire

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    General Commentyup, pretty much reminds you of Robert Johnson in deepest darkest Mississippi stood at crossroads selling his soul to the devil so he can play the Blues.

    Except UK based, south of Manchester, perhaps at Alderley Edge or Crewe. Come to think of it, the devil is more likely to be in Crewe.
    shakeymangoon February 26, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIts about a drug run
    katyisgoneon March 11, 2007   Link
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    General CommentWith all their biblical imagery (I Wanna Be Adored, I Am The Resurrection, Love Spreads), they had to write a song about the devil, didn't they? Kind of covers the same soul-stealing territory as The Devil Went Down To Georgia and Tribute. A great example of what a fantastic rhythm section Mani and Reni were.
    doctorzeroon June 10, 2005   Link
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    General CommentGreat guitar work on this one, definetly agree that this one has a certain southern appeal, the name says it all, it has a double meaning really.

    The Stone Roses just make it work, if only all of "The Second Coming" had as much swagger and confidence as this one.
    General_Tokinon January 15, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThe lyrics are a bit cliche aren't they. I mean, another "sold my soul to the devil" song? The riff is amazing and I do love the song but you can't take the lyrics too seriously.

    I've always felt Squire was talking about himself as being not too pretty and sure as hell can't sing.

    I wish the mix was better, that Mani and Reni were higher in the mix. As it is, its all guitar and you can't make out the bass line at all and I suspect the drums is a loop of Reni, not Reni playing for real. Listen to it again and focus on the drums. There is no human emotion in them, no variation, they just repeat perfectly like a metronome.
    lazyituson December 15, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI can't believe nobody has mentioned the fantastic humour of Brown in this song:

    "you ain't too young or pretty and you sure as hell can't sing"

    Always considered IB to be a frontman humble enough to be aware of his limitations.
    utgr1on November 16, 2015   Link

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