Movin' like the fog on the Cumberland River
I was leaving on the Delta Queen
I wasn't ready to go
I'm never ready to go
Twenty-seven years of nothin' but failures and promises that I couldn't keep
Oh Lord, I wasn't ready to go
I'm never ready to go

Let it ride
Let it ride easy down the road
Let it ride
Let it take away all of the darkness
Let it ride
Let it rock me in the arms of strangers, angels until it brings me home
Let it ride
Let it roll
Let it go

Loaded like a sailor stumbling off the ferry boat
I was at the bar 'til 3:00
Oh Lord, and I wasn't ready to go
I'm never ready to go
Tennessee's a brother to my sister Carolina where they're gonna bury me
And I ain't ready to go
I'm never ready to go

Let it ride
Let it ride easy down the road
Let it ride
Let it take away all of this darkness
Let it ride
Let it rock me in the arms of strangers, angels until it brings me home
Let it ride
Let it roll
Let it go

I wanna see you tonight
Dancing in the endless moonlight
In the parking lot, in the headlights of cars
Someplace over the moon
Where they moved the drive-in theater
Where I left the car that I can't find that I still got the keys to

Let it ride
Let it ride easy down the road
Let it ride
Let it take away all of this darkness
Let it ride
Let it rock me in the arms of strangers, angels until it brings me home
Let it ride
Let it roll
Let it go


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    General CommentThis song was written by a man whose diet consists of unfiltered marlboro cigarettes and a fifth of jack daniels. But I think he wants this to change

    I think this album is a grown up album for Adams, and this song reflects his desire to become more focused in life, but he still refuses to let go of what he will be forced to leave behind.
    sharkweekon May 03, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI love this song, especially the last stanza.
    "I wanna see you tonight
    Dancing in the endless moonlight
    In the parking lot, in the headlights of cars
    Someplace over the moon
    Where they moved the drive-in theater
    Where I left the car that I can't find that I still got the keys to"

    something about those words just gets to me, and I love them.
    hopeful_canyonon April 25, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI go to the Ryan Adams website every other day just to hear the tune (since the only other content is tour dates and a little merch). Great song. Ryan has a tremendous ability to say so much with just a few words.

    As for this song, I think there is a real struggle between the man that is and the man that wants to be. He knows that alcohol is slowing killing him and creating all kinds of problems in his life, but its always there as an escape.

    The man is looking for something divine, in the shape of a woman, to come down and rescue him. I've seen this theme in several Adams' tunes.
    durkinmaon April 17, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is definetely about escape. "I wasn't ready to go... I am never ready to go" The idea of wanting to escape from the sorrow only to find out that you really aren't ready to let go. I guess using Alcohol to take away the darkness and give comfort. I agree he is looking for something divine, who isn't? We all have to ask the question of ourselves, what do we do to cope with the darkness and lonliness of this life? What can bring us home? He is looking for something to bring him back to the feeling of belonging.
    kellycarmelon April 28, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentan amazing song by ryan the whole cold roses cd rocks! to me the song is about a guy that doesnt like to go of things and people are tellin him it would be a safe thing cause no one wants him to die...like drinking or drugs or whatever hope im right
    texasrangersfan20on May 04, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentRyan Adams bleeds talent, he really knows how to make music, this song is awesome.
    flip the tapexXon December 24, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentbest song ever.
    jamjaron September 20, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentso the line

    "Let it rock me in the arms of strangers, angels until it brings me home"
    I think that may be a nod to the cure (see Just like heaven lyrics)
    lukewagoneeron August 10, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti love this song--one of my fav. cards tracks.
    iquitmysceneon December 27, 2008   Link

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