Welcome to my next installment of "Monday's Music". I decided to go with "Running on Empty from Jackson Browne. I first heard this song on the radio and it was a staple of the Rock stations and the song was on "BJ and the Bear". it was what I consider a good driving song. One you can listen to over and over. Another song from the "Eagles" called "Already Gone" is the same way with me. The song envisions driving on the long open road with the asphalt beneath your tires, the windows open...and if the car is a ragtop, having the top down and soaking up the sun.
"Running on Empty" is a song written and performed by American singer-songwriter Jackson Browne. It is the title track to his 1977 live album of the same name, recorded at a concert at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland, on August 27, 1977. A #11 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 when it was released as a single, it spent seventeen weeks on the chart after debuting on February 11, 1978 at position #72. Rolling Stone ranked it at number 496 on its list of "The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time" and it is one of Browne's signature songs.
The song was written while Browne was driving to the studio each day to make The Pretender, according to Rolling Stone magazine: "I was always driving around with no gas in the car," Browne is quoted. "I just never bothered to fill up the tank because — how far was it anyway? Just a few blocks."
The song may be meant to describe the rigors of a musician's day-to-day life on the road, and its effect on his life as a whole, in connection with the themes of much of the album, but the lyric is more generally applicable, as well:
- Looking out at the road rushing under my wheels —
- Looking back at the years gone by like so many summer fields.
- In '65 I was seventeen and running up 101
- I don't know where I'm running now, I'm just running on ...
The lyric's ages and years match up with Browne's:
- In '69 I was twenty-one and I called the road my own
- I don't know when that road turned onto the road I'm on.
- You know I don't even know what I'm hoping to find ...
- Running into the sun, but I'm running behind.