Audioslave: I Am the Highway Meaning
I Am the Highway Lyrics
Long and weary my road has been
I was lost in the cities
Alone in the hills
No sorrow or pity
For leaving i feel
I am not your rolling wheels
I am a highway
I am not your carpet ride
I am the...
anonymous Jul 16th 2007, 21:09 report
This song is about a guy telling a girl that he is more than she thinks he is. He says "I am not you're carpet ride, I am the sky" or " I am not you're rolling wheels, I am the highway." He is in love with her and is trying to prove to her that he can be and do more if she gives him the chance.
anonymous May 21st, 17:47 report
wow, all of these are so impressive, and intresting to read. Firstly I am not a very eloquent speaker or writer for that matter, and secondly, this is just my interpretation seems to be of this song. and It holds a very special place in my heart might I add. Due to some paralells in my own life.
I am thinking, that what he might be saying is that he is haunteda haunted man
by something/someone? from a past exp.
and that money and material things aside, he has learned from that past thing, and yet still looks back to it,, perhaps to show where he has come from and how he is able to overcome more, due to being strengthened by past hardships. wether it is relationships, lover, family, freinds, etc. I think in life when we overcome harships it strengthens us, in time. wether we realize it or not.
I just feel as if he is a haunted man. that's just what i make of it. I truly enjoyed reading all of this and they have given more perspective on it. thanks for posting them.
anonymous Dec 8th 2012, 18:37 report
A song about being so much more than what she thinks. But a man she needs. Without a "highway" there's no "rolling wheels". Without a "sky" there's no "carpet ride". If there's not a "night" there's consequently no "autumn moon". So not just seeing the obvious but taking the much bigger picture into appreciation.
anonymous Apr 23rd 2012, 16:49 report
its about tired of being used, you are done, your friends and liars are the same.i think it is one person, a lover. you were there for them and you gave them everything and they just screwed you over so you said f'it, i am gone and you cant find me because i keep moving, i am trying hard to get away but i still feel too close to you,its not a good thing. i want to shake you off, like dust and forget you. i am bigger, better and stronger than you and i just realized it....
anonymous Jan 26th 2012, 17:50 report
I think this song is about time and is written from times point of view.
For me it means that no matter what you do or build in this life when your time is up your time is up.
It seems to have the message throughout the song that the important thing in life is the journey not the goal.
anonymous Dec 20th 2011, 09:58 report
One of my favorite songs on their best album (IMHO).
I believe that the song is about the expectations that people have on you and who they think you are. When in actaul fact they are so far off the mark - even at the oposite side of the spectrum (as suggested by the lyrics in the chorus).
Chris seems to respond to each "Matarial value" and image that he has been labelled with a "Spiritual" one - go through the chorus, he has rebuffed the images of: Rolling wheels; Carpet ride; Blowing wind & Autumn moon with deeper and more spiritual images: Highway; Sky; Lighning & Night.
It's sole destroying to always have to live up to someones expectations and in this song, Chris makes a stand.
anonymous Nov 20th 2011, 14:01 report
It's about being much more than someone in your life tries to make you, and how you are not there FOR THEM. You are just there, before them and after. It's a call back to your own spaciousness.
anonymous Nov 4th 2011, 13:18 report
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anonymous Sep 29th 2011, 23:32 report
For me the meaning of "I am not your rolling wheels, I am the highway" is that he's not just a tool to be used to get somewhere, he's the one who allows you to do it but you must do it yourself.
This is echo'd by the carpet ride/sky comparison.
anonymous Sep 29th 2011, 22:41 report
I think this song is written from the point of view of Jesus.
Pearls. Riches, material things.
Swine. Gluttony, greedy, unclean, morally bankrupt.
Bereft of me. Without me.
No sorrow or pity for leaving I feel. Refers to dieing on the cross.
The friends and liars bit seems to say to bad influences, Go your own way I’ll go mine and no matter how far I go I will always be a step away. This might refer to temptation. Cornell has lived the rock star life and it’s probably awful tempting to go off the deep end sometimes.
The chorus seems pretty clear from the Jesus P.O.V. Basically he is driving home the point that he is the way, not a component of it. The big cheese so to speak.
Then again I could be wrong. Go Pats!!
anonymous Jun 4th 2011, 22:08 report
I think this song is about FATE & DESTINY -that fate is there but does not necessarily control your ultimate destiny. It just provides you with the opportunities but doesn't get you to where you want to go without some action on your part. For instance, it isn't going to drive you to where you want to go (i.e. not your rolling wheels), but it will provide you an opportunity to drive (the highway); it isn't your carpet ride taking you where you want to go, but gives you the sky for you to ride your carpet. I heard this song today for the first time in a long while as I was driving down a Manhattan street - I had just relocated from beautiful San Diego back to NYC to be located nearer to my parents, quit a six figure income and am now unemployed. As I was driving I was thinking about how much I miss my life in San Diego and about how much I had f**d up my life in making such a terribly bad decision, and heard this song. It gave me hope in making me realize that we are all in control of our own destinies and that the possibilities are there, you just need to take action (drive your own carpet ride) to create the life you want.
anonymous Apr 9th 2011, 22:05 report
This song made perfect sense to me last night, as it pertains to my own personal situation. He is saying that she doesn't need to worry about it not lasting. By not being the rolling wheels, he is saying that he is not just there for short term passion, but by being the highway, he is the real deal and means to be there for the long haul.
anonymous Jan 6th 2010, 17:42 report
i had a dream that basically tells what the sog means...
it means leaving your family and friends, tired of bein abused or screwed over by people.
"i am not your rolling wheels, i am the highway
i am not your carpet ride, i am the sky
i am not your autumn moon, i am the night"
basically saying that you cant mess with me, u cant do this, or sumthin...
"i put millions of miles and still to close to you i feel"
you miss back home but know that you cant go back and put up with that again.
thats just my interpretation.
anonymous Feb 17th 2009, 14:17 report
I reckon this song is about a person finally coming out and telling everyone that he's no longer their stepping stone and that he is an individual who makes his own decisions, he's tired of always having people walk over and use him, possibly because of his fame, and finally comes out to say that he is not a means for those people to get what they want, it's his life and he's the one in control
anonymous Aug 1st 2008, 15:39 report
I ALWAYS THOUGHT THAT THIS SONG WAS ABOUT THE "SPIRIT MAN" WITHIN US ALL.Sometimes he is neglected because our other physical urges.At the root of one's self is the spirit man, the soul , the "highway". And if you travel through this life on a spiritual journey you have travel the road of enlightenment and power. The spirit is not just an accessory but the very core of us. I think they did a very good job of relaying this message. Loving one's own spirit and the spirit of those around us is the most important life lesson.
anonymous May 1st 2008, 03:31 report
I've often thought that this song was kind of telling someone that you cannot take them there, but you can show them or tell them how to get there, but ultimately you need to do it on your own. I really like the other interpretations, that's the beauty of Cornell's and Vedder's lyrics, go with how it makes you feel. I gotta say, Cornell's voice with Audioslave is soothing, but commands respect/attention with Soundgarden. It would be wonderful to meet him and see how he views things in life, his take on life. He truly is an inspiration!
anonymous Mar 19th 2008, 08:36 report
The first Line is actually:
Pearls and Swine Bereft of me
He's saying that he doesn't have riches and nice things if that helps anyone out.
anonymous Jun 22nd 2007, 16:43 report
I think this song is about leaving. Just having enough with where you are and who your with. Tired of being screwed by "friends". Just getting in the car and leaving and not coming back.
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