Bob Seger’s ’96 “Roll Me Away” Performance Will Take You Along With Him

Bob Seger’s ’96 “Roll Me Away” Performance Will Take You Along With Him | Society Of Rock Videos

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Rolling Away

Performing at the Palace of Auburn Hills in ’96, a young Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band beg the crowd to “Roll Me Away.” From his album Distance, the ballad became one of the singer’s greatest hits and even appeared on the Armageddon soundtrack.

Interesting Fact: “Roll Me Away” reached #27 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1983.

The detailed story behind the trucker’s experiences in the song is painted so vividly with imagery that is signature to how Bob Seger took over the music scene at the time as a truly great American singer. The way he crafted the lyrics to represent physical and symbolic wheels rolling off into the night really resonated with his blue collar crowd then and even still does now.

One cannot enjoy Bob Seger without picturing the wind in their hair and against their skin, as he makes all feel like we are main characters in the beautiful and patriotic tales he was able to create.

+ Roll Me Away Lyrics +

Took a look down a westbound road,
right away I made my choice
Headed out to my big two-wheeler,
I was tired of my own voice
Took a bead on the northern plains
and just rolled that power onTwelve hours out of Mackinaw City
stopped in a bar to have a brew
Met a girl and we had a few drinks
and I told her what I’d decided to do
She looked out the window a long long moment
then she looked into my eyes
She didn’t have to say a thing,
I knew what she was thinkin’

Roll, roll me away,
won’t you roll me away tonight
I too am lost, I feel double-crossed
and I’m sick of what’s wrong and what’s right
We never even said a word,
we just walked out and got on that bike
And we rolled
And we rolled clean out of sight

We rolled across the high plains
Deep into the mountains
Felt so good to me
Finally feelin’ free

Somewhere along a high road
The air began to turn cold
She said she missed her home
I headed on alone

Stood alone on a mountain top,
starin’ out at the Great Divide
I could go east, I could go west,
it was all up to me to decide
Just then I saw a young hawk flyin’
and my soul began to rise
And pretty soon
My heart was singin’

Roll, roll me away,
I’m gonna roll me away tonight
Gotta keep rollin, gotta keep ridin’,
keep searchin’ till I find what’s right
And as the sunset faded
I spoke to the faintest first starlight
And I said next time
Next time
We’ll get it right


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