The Ride (David Allan Coe song)

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"The Ride"
Single by David Allan Coe
from the album Castles in the Sand
B-side "Son of a Rebel Son"
Released February 28, 1983
Genre Country
Length 3:06
Label Columbia Nashville
Writer(s) J. B. Detterline, Jr., Gary Gentry
Producer(s) Billy Sherrill
David Allan Coe singles chronology
"Whiskey Whiskey"
"The Ride"
"Cheap Thrills"

"The Ride" is a song written by Gary Gentry and J.B. Detterline Jr., and recorded by American country singer-songwriter David Allan Coe. It was released in February 1983 as the lead single from the album, Castles in the Sand. The song spent nineteen weeks on the Billboard country singles charts, reaching a peak of number four and peaked at number 2 on the Canadian RPM Country Tracks chart.

Background and writing[edit]

Writer Gary Gentry told Billboard magazine that "there's a mysterious magic connected with this song that spells cold chills, leading me to believe that it was meant to be and that David Allan Coe was meant to record it." He goes on to say that when was looking up the date of Williams' death in his autobiography, he opened the book to the exact page. Later, when he was performing the song at the Opry House for a television show, the lights and power in the Opryland complex went out when performing the last verse when it says, 'Hank.'[1]


The ballad tells the story of a hitch hiker's encounter with the ghost of Hank Williams, Sr in a ride from Alabama to Tennessee.[1]


The song first appeared on Coe's Castles in the Sand album. It was first covered by Hank Williams, Jr. and later by Tim McGraw (appearing at the end of the "Real Good Man" music video, which was recorded live).

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1983) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles 4
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 2


  1. ^ a b Billboard, March 19, 1983

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