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Song of the Moment: Lake Shore Drive

The story of the storm and its most indelible images, Lake Shore Drive has been celebrated in song and story as one of America's greatest roadways. Aliotta, Haynes & Jeremiah famously (to Chicagoans) captured LSD's mystical quality with their ode to a road that is pleasure-bound.

Recorded: 1970

Artist: Aliotta, Haynes & Jeremiah

Released: 1971

Album: Lake Shore Drive

Reissue: 1993 on Quicksilver

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Blizzard 2011 Version: "I'm stuck here on Lake Shore Drive, trying not to freeze."

Wikipedia: "From Ratz on up to Riches" refers to Ratzo's a near-North Side tavern where AHJ once performed. (Disputed).

Songfacts: "I saw an interview with Skip Haynes and he said 'pretty blue lights' are the Chicago Police cars." (Disputed)

Lyrics:

There's a road I'd like to tell you about, lives in my home town
Lake Shore Drive the road is called and it'll take you up or down
From rags on up to riches fifteen minutes you can fly
Pretty blue lights along the way, help you right on by
And the blue lights shining with a heavenly grace, help you right on by

And there ain't no road just like it
Anywhere I found
Running south on Lake Shore Drive heading into town
Just slippin' on by on LSD, Friday night trouble bound

And it starts up north from Hollywood, water on the driving side
Concrete mountains rearing up, throwing shadows just about five
Sometimes you can smell the green if your mind is feeling fine
There ain't no finer place to be, than running Lake Shore Drive
And there's no peace of mind, or place you see, than riding on Lake Shore Drive

And there ain't no road just like it
Anywhere I found
Running south on Lake Shore drive heading into town
Just slicking on by on LSD, Friday night trouble bound

And it's Friday night and you're looking clean
Too early to start the rounds
A ten minute ride from the Gold Coast back make sure you're pleasure bound
And it's four o'clock in the morning and all of the people have gone away
Just you and your mind and Lake Shore Drive, tomorrow is another day
And the sunshine's fine in the morning time, tomorrow is another day

And there ain't no road just like it
Anywhere I found
Running south on Lake Shore drive heading into town
Just snaking on by on LSD, Friday night trouble bound

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Previously in Song of the Moment:
* Iron Man
* The Story of Bo Diddley
* Teach Your Children
* Dream Vacation
* When The Levee Breaks
* I Kissed A Girl
* Theme From Shaft
* Rocky Mountain High
* North to Alaska
* Barracuda
* Rainy Days and Mondays
* Brother, Can You Spare A Dime?
* Baby, It's Cold Outside
* Man in the Mirror
* Birthday Sex
* Rio
* My Sharona
* Alex Chilton
* Surfin' Bird
* By The Time I Get To Arizona
* Heaven and Hell
* Sunday Bloody Sunday
* Lawless One
* Tell It Like It Is
* The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald



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Posted on February 3, 2011


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