"Hitch A Ride" as written by and Donald T. Scholz....
Day is night in New York City
Smoke, like water, runs inside
Steel idle trees to pity
Every living thing that's died

Gonna hitch a ride
Head for the other side
Leave it all behind
Never change my mind
Gonna sail away
Sun lights another day
Freedom on my mind
Carry me away for the last time
Oh yeah

Life is like the coldest winter
People freeze the tears I cry
Words of hail their minds are into
I've got to crack this ice and fly

Gonna hitch a ride
Head for the other side
Leave it all behind
Never change my mind
Gonna sail away
Sun lights another day
Freedom on my mind
Carry me away for the last time

Gonna hitch a ride
Head for the other side
Leave it all behind
Never change my mind
Gonna sail away
Sun lights another day
Freedom on my mind
Carry me away for the last time


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"Hitch a Ride" as written by T. Scholz

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  • +3
    General CommentEasily my favorite Boston song. The solo at the end is one of the best I've ever heard.
    jules4099on May 11, 2002   Link
  • +3
    General Comment"I've got to crack this ice and fly"-love that line the best of all.
    emuInAmuumuuon May 20, 2012   Link
  • +3
    General CommentLove the band...possibly the best debut album of all time. Unforutunately I know every word to every song on the album :) This is an upbeat song with a wonderful guitar solo. Just a great song about hope.
    NooContacton August 16, 2012   Link
  • +2
    General CommentDef, my favorite Boston song. I love the chorus and love how the song ends with the guitar breakdown. Amazing...
    SMUSER17019091on January 29, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI was thinking about Brad Delp's death and I listened to this song again, and then it hit me... it's a foreshadowing of his suicide. I never thought of it that way before, but it's uncanny. I love the song, though. It can be also a simple desire to escape the mundane or the world's injustices. Either way, this is a powerful song.
    babyruth412on May 27, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General CommentMy fav. Boston song..the solo..AMAZING!
    CynthiaJulianon December 12, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General Commenttoo upbeat to be about suicide. sun lights another day would mean theres a tomorrow, not an ending. just a song about starting over again. good band. great debut album.
    HairyPalmJoeon October 13, 2011   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI have always liked Boston since I was young in the 70’s. I think this is my favorite song by them and it is one of the reasons I began to play guitar. It is a type of neoclassical rock song, that is; it sounds like classical music in a way. Tom Scholz is an original with his effects and his background with the piano and engineering. The solo at the end is joyful and sad at the same time. It really is excellent the way he blends virtuosity with a feeling that does not come off as dry or clinical.

    To me the song means that he would like to escape from the cold lifeless city and the sometimes thoughtless or cruel people one may find there.

    It reminds me of driving in my car early in the morning out to my ski job, when the sun is shinning in my eyes on the interstate.
    fretbrendton December 27, 2011   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI can't agree more with all of the above -- except for the suicide foreshadowings... because Tom Scholz is credited with writing it, and not Brad Delp (one of the finest rock and roll voices ever...)
    kurtamuson February 03, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentTh vocals, the guitar, great stuff. One of the best Boston songs.
    Pink_Floyd_fanon July 08, 2007   Link

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