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"Ride So High" is a song credited to Warren Zevon and Dayton Burr "Bones" Howe (aka The Motorcycle Abeline).

About the SongEdit

Bones-Howe

"Bones" Howe

The song has been released in two versions "You Used to Ride So High" and "I Used to Ride So High". In either case the song describes a person full of themselves and living the high life, not noticing the troubles of others until circumstances unsaid bring the person's world tumbling down. The song is either an attempt at repentance or a reflection on that behaviour as in "I Used to" (seemingly to an abused lover) or one of the hurt confronting the person in the original "You Used to". "You Used to" is performed by Zevon and seemingly Howe and is one of the only known recordings by The Motorcycle Abeline.

It, as many of Zevon's other 1960s work, was included on the compilation album The First Sessions as a demo take. The track is one of the few on that album not from lyme & cybelle. It is also released on the random compilation album Where The Action Is! Los Angeles Nuggets 1965-1968. "I Used to" was released as a rough recording by Warren, seemingly in the 1970s, on the compilation album Preludes: Rare and Unreleased Recordings.

LyricsEdit

Note: the text of this song's lyrics is not under the same copyright license as the wiki's encyclopedic text, it is used under fair use/dealing.

You Used to Ride So High Edit

TheFirstSessions

The First Sessions

You used to drive all night,

You used to drive all night, yeah,

You used to do all right for yourself,

Didn't think about nobody else.


You used to drive all night,


You used to ride so high,

You used to ride so high,

You used to ride so high, yeah.


Now you don't seem to get around,

Somebody must have shot you down.

You used to ride so high, yeah.


I'm sorry to see you couldn't be what you wanted to be,

But I couldn't forget, you could have done better,

You could have done better by me, now baby.


You used to shake them on down,

You used to shake them on down,

You used to shake them on down, yeah.


You thought you couldn't help but win,

Somebody must have done you in,

You used to shake them on down, yeah.


I'm sorry to see you couldn't be what you wanted to be,

But I couldn't forget, you could have done better,

You could have done better by me, now baby.


You used to ride so high,

You used to ride so high,

You used to ride so high, yeah,

You used to ride so high,

Oh, ride so high!


You used to drive all night,

You used to drive all night,

You used to shake them on down,

You used to shake them on down.


You used to ride so high,

You used to ride so high yeah,

You used to drive all night,

You used to shake them on down,

You used to ride so high...

I Used to Ride So HighEdit

Preludes

Preludes: Rare and Unreleased Recordings

I used to drive along,

I used to drive all night, yeah.


I used to do all right for myself,

I didn't think about nobody else.


I used to drive along, yeah,


I used to ride so high...

I used to ride so high, yeah.


I used to think I had to be free,

I didn't notice that you needed me.


I used to ride so hi-hi-hi-hi-hi-gh..., yeah,

She said, "I'm sorry to see you couldn't be what you wanted to be,

But I never forget that you could have done better by me."

Could have done better by me, now baby.


I used to shake them on down,

I used to shake them on down, yeah,

I used to do all right for myself.

I didn't think about nobody else,

I used to shake them on down, heh, yeah.


She said, "I'm sorry to see you couldn't be what you wanted to be,

But I never forget that you of could have done better by me."

Could have done better by me, now baby.


I used to ride so high...

I used to drive all night,

Shake, shake down.


I used to ride so high...

I used to drive all night,

Shake, shake down.


I used to ride so high...

I used to drive all night,

Shake, shake down.


I used to ride so high...

I used to drive all night,

Shake, shake down.


I used to ride so high...

I used to drive all night,

Shake, shake down.


I used to ride so high...

I used to drive all night,

Shake, shake down.


I used to ride so high...

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