American national treasure Willie Nelson doesn't mess around with Dylanesque whimsy in this straightforward classic that does exactly what it says on the cover.
It's called "On the Road Again" and it's about being on the road again.
Hopefully Nelson isn't driving though. After arrests for marijuana and mushroom possession, it's perhaps better if one of his friends takes the wheel.
Acting fact II: Unlike Dylan, Nelson can act. Not that he needs to in movies like "Dukes of Hazzard."
2. Bruce Springsteen: 'Born to Run' (1975)
On the face of it, a rollicking love song for a girl going by the unlikely name of Wendy, but in truth a desperate anthem about getting the hell out of nowheresville (in Springsteen's case, Asbury, New Jersey), with the disaffected howl of "We gotta get out while we're young, 'cause tramps like us, baby we were born to run."
Career fact: A frustrated Springsteen recorded "Born to Run" as a final effort to hit the big time. Apparently it worked.
Steppenwolf: 'Born to be Wild' (1968)
The ultimate open-road song.
Steppenwolf's full-throttled cover version would be a perfect checklist for the rock 'n 'roll voyager, if having a checklist wasn't so un-rock 'n' roll.
"Get your motor running" -- check.
"Head out on the highway" -- check.
"Looking for adventure" -- check.
You get the idea.
Mind you, it's been so worn out over the years that the only people still listening to it are graying oldies whose checklist is more likely to include things like blood-pressure pills, sensible shoes and a hernia truss.
Not-so-wild fact: Despite being classed as one of the first heavy metal bands, Steppenwolf were originally called The Sparrows. Doesn't quite have the same ring does it?
Updated with new songs from a story originally published in 2011.