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Song Released: 1972


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Ventura Highway Lyrics

Chewing on a piece of grass
Walking down the road
Tell me, how long you gonna stay here Joe?
Some people say this town don't look
Good in snow
You don't care, I know

Ventura Highway in the sunshine
Where the days are longer
The nights...

  1. anonymous
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    Jun 25th 2017 report

    Smokin' dope and amazed (as I was) by first listening to "Hey Joe" and "Purple Haze."

  2. anonymous
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    Mar 3rd 2017 report

    It's a woman singing to a man, a drifter; not sure what purple rain means, but she is celebrating the lazy life, with few concerns. He may indeed be fleeing a charge o some kind; but if she wants him to stay, how bad can he be? 'that's all right, son' may indicate she's older -- or it's an older man who knows how old drifting can become.

  3. anonymous
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    Dec 6th 2016 report

    It is about driving down the the highway amd listening to Jimi Hendrix. "Hey Joe" and "Purple Haze"

  4. anonymous
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    May 16th 2016 report

    Alligator lizards is referencing the clouds. A comment made by Beckley while the tire was being changed. Looked like a lizard was the shape of one cloud. Not suicidal lizards jumping off cliffs

  5. anonymous
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    Jan 5th 2016 report

    Lots of good drugs!

  6. anonymous
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    Dec 20th 2015 report

    Like many America songs, about Vietnam. Joe is gonna go, he won't "change his name" to avoid the draft lottery's results as the "Horse with No Name" speaker goes to the desert to do (in his case forget his name)

  7. anonymous
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    Aug 4th 2012 report

    "Chewing on a piece of grass
    Walking down the road
    Tell me, how long you gonna stay here Joe?
    Some people say this town don't look
    Good in snow"

    -a hitchhiker Joe talking about his leaving with the excuse of winter coming.

    chorus:
    "Ventura Highway in the sunshine
    Where the days are longer
    The nights are stronger
    Than moonshine
    You're gonna go I know
    'Cause the free wind is blowin' through
    Your hair
    And the days surround your daylight
    There
    Seasons crying no despair"

    - then highway 101 along the sunny (warm) Calif coast in the 1950/60's. the desire to roam.

    "Alligator lizards in the air"

    -lotta lizards on the cliff by highway then, and some fell/jumped. when the author was kid his family stopped there to fix a tire and he may have seen that.

    :end chorus begin new verse:

    "Wishin' on a falling star
    Watchin' for the early train"

    - hitchhiker pleasure, or kids memory.

    "Sorry boy, but I've been hit by
    Purple rain
    Aw, come on Joe, you can always
    Change your name
    Thanks a lot son, just the same"

    - not sure. kid and hitchhiker seem to be having a conversation, maybe hitchhike Joe is in trouble with the law (purple rain)?


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