"Bikeriders" as written by and Benjamin Nichols....
Kathy met a girlfriend at a place over on grand. she swore if she got out alive she'd not go back again.
The fellas didn't know her and they scared her half to death.
Hand prints on her jeans, she woulda just got up and left.
But that's when she saw benny standing over by the bar.
She sat back down and waited til he came over to talk.
Later on that night she was walking out the door.
Benny starting up his bike the boys came out for more.
They picked her up and put her on the back of benny's bike.
Now kathy's been with benny bauer ever since that night. she's tried to leave him many times but can't quite get away.
She's seen more jails and courts and lawyers than she'd like to say.
But benny's always been a fighter that'll never change.
Kathy takes him home and heals him up all the same.
He'd made it from the clubroom all the way out to the street.
They'd beat him with the barstools but he made it on his feet.

kathy's running to her boy, picks him up and takes him home,
Benny's saying girl I'm sorry. baby you don't know.

at a bar they call the stoplight the fellas drink their beer.
The women with their hair done up they make it very clear
Which one of the fellas is all theirs and can't be touched,
But that don't mean the motorcycle riders just give up
On talking to the pretty ladies every one they can.
Never seen the trouble caused all by just one dance.
If benny don't get himself shot tonight he'll wish that he had when he gets home.

so kathy's dating benny and he keeps her by his side.
Kathy's still the cutest girl these boys'll ever find.
Riders line up bsas out on the scramblers track.
Levis jeans and leather jackets number their backs.
Benny's bike's too big big to race in the two-fifty class.
They make him start way up on the hill out by the railroad tracks.
Tomorrow they'll all ride across the illinois state line
To the motorcycle blessing at the st. christopher shrine.

kathy's walking out the door.
Leaving benny all alone.
Benny's crying kathy please
Baby don't you go.
Kathy do you mean it this time?
Just leave him in the middle of the night?
His wallet's on your table,
His boots are on your floor,
But the car's parked right outside your back door.
Just leave him asleep in your bed
And you're halfway to chicago
Before goodbye is said.


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"Bikeriders" as written by Benjamin Nichols

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    General CommentOkay, I'm not a huge Lucero fan, this is actually the first time I've listened to them, but I made an account on here just because I think it's fucking awesome that they wrote a song about that book. The book is called The Bikeriders, it's by Danny Lyon, who is one of my favorite photographers. He was at college in Chicago when he started hangin out with these dudes who rode with the Chicago Outlaws, and ended up spending a couple years photographing them. Whoever wrote this song kinda made up a narrative, Danny never really had a story that detailed, but it fits in with the rest of the stories in that book really well. You should definitely check out the book, or just google Danny Lyon. He's the man.
    duderadideaon April 16, 2006   Link
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    General Commenthmm this is an okay song.... hate being the first comment when i dont have something on the meaning of it, but the parts where the guy isnt singing lyrics, like just going.. hoooohhlloooo in his singerish way... thats too dragged out for me, his voice isnt that amazing so its just kind of like... end of song, please?
    killfriartuckon July 13, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti really like his voice. it's different. it's hard to understand this song though..
    mollypop214on July 17, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThe song comes from a book Ben read. It's one of the very few that aren't based on personal experience. It was my favorite off of ND until I finally sat and listened to Sixteen and Noon as Dark as Midnight. It still has a high priority in my playlist, especially after hearing it live.
    flesh99on August 27, 2005   Link
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    General CommentBen is by far my favorite vocalist. It's like you can hear the whiskey in his voice :)
    Its a story of a girl meeting a bikerider and sticking with him through so much then leaving him. not too hard to follow. im going to go check out that book its based on though, im pretty interested.
    xx pretty prettyon December 02, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthe part that says
    "benny's saying girl im sorry. baby you dont know."

    ben actually says
    "and benny cryin' kathy please i'm sorry don't you know.
    jeremyXOXOon January 16, 2007   Link
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    General CommentHere's the story it's based on:

    Last year my girlfriend called me up and she asked me to come down to Grand and Division. She needed some money. And she said it was a bar. She says that the guys are havin’ a meeting there. Well, I didn’t know the guys or anything, so I went there and I never felt so out of place in all my life. I walked in there and had white Levis on, I had a sweater on. And I looked and the first guy I seen was Corky, with an earring hanging out of his ear, his belly button showing, like half naked. To me it was like half naked, you know? And here he’s hootin’ and hollerin’ and he scared the livin’ shit out of me. So I sees my girlfriend and I goes over to her and I sits down there and I’m takin’ everything in. And all these guys kept comin’ up to me sayin’, you know, different stuff like you need a man, or you want to come live with me? And I was about ready to just run. So I says to my girlfriend, well, I gotta go. And she says, oh, they’re not that bad. Just sit here. So all of a sudden I seen Benny and he was standin’ at the end of the bar. And I says to my girlfriend, boy, who’s the good lookin’ blond guy? I says, he don’t look like the rest of these guys. She says, oh Kathy, you don’t want to go out with him. She says, because nobody wants to go out with him. So she ordered me a Coke and I sat there and was shootin’ the breeze with her, and all of a sudden Benny came up behind me and he started talkin’ to me. And I says, well, I gotta go home. So I walks out the front door real nice, bein’ grabbed about five times, so that when I got outside, I could see on my slacks were just hand prints all over me.

    So I’m standin’ on the bus corner, almost in tears, thinkin’, oh my God, something’s gonna happen to me yet. And they all come chargin’ out of the front door. They had Benny start up the bike and they grabbed me and they took my purse and they put me on Benny’s bike and they told him to take off. They’d meet him on the expressway. He takes off. He goes through the stoplights and everything, so that I wouldn’t jump off. And I wouldn’t have jumped off anyway ‘cause I was scared shitless. I never was on a motorcycle in all my life. So we went to the Green Duck out on River Road. But before we got there I’m sittin’ on the bike real nice. I figure, you know, at least he’ll get me home. All of a sudden he takes his hand, he puts it on my back like this. I said, whatta you doin’? He says, I’m just checkin’ so you don’t fall off. I says, OK, like an idiot you know? I thought he was really checkin’ it out. So the second time it happened, I says, don’t worry about me, I says, I won’t fall off. He says, okay, and he was real nice about it. Five weeks later I married him. I ain’t real sorry. The only thing is I thought I could change him, you know? Every woman thinks that she can change a guy. Not to her own ways, but to be different. Not to be different, but to be, I don’t know. Like he’s wild. I used to think he’d get over that. But he don’t. And he’s got a vicious temper. He’s got a temper that all you have to do is say two words and he’ll knock you on your rear end. And I ain’t used to that. And I ain’t gettin’ used to that, ‘cause like I told him, I don’t look good in black and blue. And I know the bleeding stops, but still, one of these days. I ain’t got that much blood left.

    Were you at the Spotlight when he got worked over that time? You shoulda seen him. His whole head was black and blue, his kidneys were kicked in. His back had scabs on it. He was bleedin’ all over the place. He just stood there. You know what the guys in the club said? Well, one thing we gotta say about Benny, he’s the only guy that stood on his feet from the clubroom all the way out to the street without fallin’ down. And there were guys hittin’ him with stools and blackjacks and everything else. That’s the only thing they say. When he got in trouble once before he put his fist through a window on Broadway and Belmont and the guys, well, he got into a fight and he missed the guy and he went right through the window. His whole hand was wide open, and he was still fightin’. And the first thing the guys said, well, Benny doesn’t give up. He sees a little blood, he doesn’t pass out. They like him because he’s a fighter. And that’s just what they need in that club.

    - Kathy, Wife of Benny, Member of the Chicago Outlaws.

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    The Bikeriders

    Danny Lyon

    Chronicle Books LLC

    2003

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    Source:
    historyofourworld.wordpress.com/2009/12/09/the-bikeriders-danny-lyon/
    mypumpkinheadon December 19, 2010   Link

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