Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band – “Roll Me Away”
“Roll Me Away” (1982) was written by American rock artist Bob Seger, for the album ‘The Distance’ by Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band. The song peaked at #27 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It is featured on the ‘Armageddon’ movie soundtrack, and in addition, the song is played in its entirety in the final scene and closing credits of the 1985 film, ‘Mask’, starring Cher and Eric Stoltz. It was also the closing song from the 1984 film ‘Reckless’, as Aidan Quinn & Daryl Hannah drove off on Aidan’s motorcycle. It was also used as Bob Seger’s opening song on his ‘Face The Promise Tour’ in 2006-2007, which was his first tour in a decade.
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 on.
Twelve 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. Oh!
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.”
Roll me away. Roll me away. Roll me away.