"Life is a highway" as written by and Thomas William Cochrane....
Life's like a road that you travel on
When there's one day here and the next day gone
Sometimes you bend, sometimes you stand
Sometimes you turn your back to the wind
There's a world outside every darkened door
Where blues won't haunt you anymore
Where the brave are free and lovers soar
Come ride with me to the distant shore
We won't hesitate, break down the garden gate
There's not much time left today

Life is a highway
I want to ride it all night long
If you're going my way
I want to drive it all night long

Through all these cities and all these towns
It's in my blood and it's all around
I love you know like I loved you then
This is the road and these are the hands
From Mozambique to those Memphis nights
The Khyber Pass to Vancouver's lights
Knock me down get back up again
You're in my blood I'm not a lonely man

There's no load I can't hold
Road so rough, this I know
I'll be there when the light comes in
Tell 'em we're survivors

Life is a highway
I want to ride it all night long
If you're going my way
I want to drive it all night long

Life is a highway
I want to ride it all night long
If you're going my way
I want to drive it all night long

There was a distance between you and I
A misunderstanding once but now
We look it in the eye

There's no load I can't hold
Road so rough this I know
I'll be there when the light comes in
Tell 'em we're survivors

Life is a highway
I want to ride it all night long
If you're going my way
I want to drive it all night long

Life is a highway
I want to ride it all night long
If you're going my way
I want to drive it all night long

Life is a highway
I want to ride it all night long
If you're going my way
I want to drive it all night long


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"Life Is a Highway" as written by Thomas William Cochrane

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  • +3
    General Comment"We look it in the eye". ;)
    redshiftdazzleron December 08, 2011   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis song is, well, nice. It's radio friendly pop rock. I like it, but it's a bit of a guilty pleasure.
    punker_rockeron December 29, 2004   Link
  • +2
    General CommentA def. guilty pleasure. But a pretty good one.
    SpineofaJellyFishon March 04, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General CommentOkay, this song so reminds me of when I was little and living at my old apartment building, next door to this slutty ugly trashbag who wouldn't stop playing this song. But I love it anyhow! Anyways, I think this song is pretty straight forward. Its about two lovers, free lovers, who once had some bad times but now there in love again. As for imagrey and allusion, theres not so much of that. But I suppose it reminds one of the praries, the straight country roads that go on for long distances. Now, if you anything about Tom Cochrane, he was born in the Friendly Manitoba, Canada and then relocated to Ontario. So he's got a definite country roads feeling. So I urge you to think of this song in the praries, it paints a great picture.
    paigepeachon October 24, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI read somewhere that the song was originally titled "love is a highway" but then after a trip to Africa and all the horrible things that he saw, he decided to call it "Life is a highway"
    dustinbp96on November 04, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentactually, u probably hav heard the original, i just wanted to hear the tom petty version and it popped up almost 100 times on limewire, only for it to turn out to be the original
    ZinbobDanon February 15, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGreat Hamonica Solo - better than Outkast's Rosa Parks
    bkat004on February 27, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe original is Tom Cochrane. Tom Petty never sang this song but many people assumed he wrote this as he is far better known than Tom Cochrane
    roth89on June 11, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentCatchy. I love it. Makes you tap your feet and nod your head. Great song for the highway, obviously. Very uppity, about loving life and wanting it to never end. Makes me feel good.
    dan7532on July 12, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIs it just me or did someone else notice a possible Rush reference? The line "Sometimes you turn your back to the wind" seems to be a possible nod to the line "I turn my back to the wind, before I start off again" from Rush's Time Stand Still, from five years earlier. Besides both groups being from the Toronto area of Canada, they have a mutual respect for each other and a friendly relationship. Tom Cochrane was the man who inducted Rush into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. And I know that Tom likes to put messages in his songs.
    johnpauljones86on October 25, 2006   Link

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