♫ Ride Like The Wind ♫

Released in 1980, this song was written and recorded by Christopher Cross.  It features backing vocals by Michael McDonald and a guitar solo by Cross. The Michael McDonald connection came courtesy of Cross’ producer Michael Omartian – they knew each other from working with Steely Dan. Don Henley also contributed to the vocals.

Christopher Cross was on acid when he wrote the lyrics …

“We were living in Houston at the time, and on the way down to Austin to record the songs, it was just a beautiful Texas day. I took acid. So I wrote the words on the way down from Houston to Austin on acid.”

The song tells the story of a condemned criminal on the run to Mexico. Told from a first-person point of view, it describes how an outlaw and convicted multiple murderer, on the run from a death-by-hanging sentence, has to “ride like the wind” to reach “the border of Mexico,” where, presumably, the posse apparently in pursuit of him will not be able to reach him.

In 1999, the satirical newspaper The Onion published the following story …

Christopher Cross Finally Reaches Mexican Border

2/10/99 3:00 pm
NOGALES, MEXICO—After nearly 20 years on the run, Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Christopher Cross finally reached the Mexican border Monday. “I had such a long way to go,”said Cross, who fled south after gunning down 10 in 1980, “but I’ve finally made it to the border of Mexico.” Doctors, who described Cross’ body as “weak,” said much sleep would be necessary to restore the health of the fugitive adult-contemporary vocalist.

I chose this particular video for its … because I liked it!  This one was done in 1998, nearly two decades after the song was released, but it sounds every bit as good as it did in 1980, and I love the interaction between Cross and McDonald, love the visible energy.

Ride Like The Wind
Christopher Cross

It is the night
My body’s weak
I’m on the run
No time to sleep
I’ve got to ride
Ride like the wind
To be free again

And I’ve got such a long way to go (such a long way to go)
To make it to the border of Mexico
So I’ll ride like the wind
Ride like the wind

I was born the son of a lawless man
Always spoke my mind with a gun in my hand
Lived nine lives
Gunned down ten
Gonna ride like the wind

And I’ve got such a long way to go (such a long way to go)
To make it to the border of Mexico
So I’ll ride like the wind
Ride like the wind

Gonna ride like the wind

Accused and tried and told to hang
I was nowhere in sight when the church bells rang
Never was the kind to do as I was told
Gonna ride like the wind before I get old

It is the night
My body’s weak
I’m on the run
No time to sleep
I’ve got to ride
Ride like the wind
To be free again

And I’ve got such a long way to go (such a long way to go)
To make it to the border of Mexico
So I’ll ride like the wind
Ride like the wind

And I’ve got a long way to go (such a long way to go)
To make it to the border of Mexico
So I’ll ride like the wind
Ride like the wind
Gonna ride like the wind

Ride!

Gonna ride like the wind

Ride!

Songwriters: Christopher C. Cross
Ride Like The Wind lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

4 thoughts on “♫ Ride Like The Wind ♫

    • I’m not surprised you hadn’t heard it, for it only made it to #69 in the UK. Odd how some songs are big in both our countries, and others that are big in one, barely make a ripple in the other. Marketing, perhaps?

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