Ride Captain Ride

May 22, 2024

This month I’m focusing on One Hit Wonders of the 70s.

Today our song is:  Ride Captain Ride

Wikipedia tells us this about the song:

"Ride Captain Ride" is a song recorded by the American rock band Blues Image. It was co-written by the band's singer-guitarist Mike Pinera and keyboardist Frank "Skip" Konte and was included on the group's 1970 album, Open. Released as a slightly shortened single in the spring of 1970, it shot up the charts, eventually reaching No. 4 in the US and Canadian charts, making it Blues Image's only Top 40 chart hit. It reached No. 23 in Australia.

The longer version repeats the chorus several times before the instrumental coda leaves the song.

The guitar fills, and main solo were performed by Kent Henry. Pinera plays the guitar solo at the end of the song.

The number of keys on Pinera's Rhodes piano inspired the song. Pinera said, "Okay, I need a first word. And what came into my head was '73.' I liked the rhythm, and I went, '73 men sailed up, from the San Francisco Bay.'...The song sort of just wrote itself from there."

In the lyrics, the crew invites others to ride to a new land where they will feel free. However, the local people are too preoccupied with life's troubles to hear or answer their call. When the crew sets sail, they are never seen or heard from again. The Captain rides with his crew on a mystery ship, which disappears forever.



  1. I always enjoyed this song. I never listened to the words before...I like the story

  2. I liked "Ride" a lot when it came out. I had the album on 8 track. Excellent album.


  3. I was surprised to find out that this was from 1970. I thought it was from '72 or '73.


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