Ride My See-Saw

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"Ride My See-Saw"
Ride My See-Saw.jpg
Single by The Moody Blues
from the album In Search of the Lost Chord
Released12 October 1968
Recorded17 May 1968
GenrePsychedelic rock
Songwriter(s)John Lodge
Producer(s)Tony Clarke
The Moody Blues singles chronology
"Voices in the Sky"
"Ride My See-Saw"
"Never Comes the Day"
In Search of the Lost Chord track listing
Side one
  1. "Departure"
  2. "Ride My See-Saw"
  3. "Dr. Livingstone, I Presume"
  4. "House of Four Doors"
  5. "Legend of a Mind"
  6. "House of Four Doors (Part 2)"
Side two
Audio sample
"Ride My See-Saw"

"Ride My See-Saw" is a hit 1968 single by the English progressive rock band The Moody Blues. It was written by the band's bassist John Lodge, and was first released on the Moody Blues' 1968 album In Search of the Lost Chord. It was the second of two singles from that album, the other being "Voices in the Sky". "Ride My See-Saw" is one of John Lodge's signature high-energy rock and roll songs, and is sometimes regarded as his most popular composition for the Moody Blues, along with "I'm Just a Singer (In a Rock and Roll Band)".

The single was released later in October 1968, with Mike Pinder's "A Simple Game" on the B-side. That track was sampled by Phi Life Cypher on the track "Free" on the album Higher Forces. The Four Tops' recording of "A Simple Game" went to #3 in the UK charts in October 1971.

On the album, the song is preceded by the spoken-word piece "Departure", and laughter from the end of that track bleeds into the opening of "Ride My See-Saw". This introduction was not included on the single release.

At most of the Moody Blues' concerts, "Ride My See-Saw" is the encore presentation at the end of the shows. When performed live, it is usually opened by a lengthy keyboard and drum duet as the band members make their way back out to the stage for the encore.


Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1968) Peak
UK Singles Chart 42
Billboard Hot 100 61

Use in popular media[edit]

An instrumental version of "Ride My See-Saw" recorded by Ronnie Aldrich and the London Festival Orchestra was used as the theme music for the Canadian morning programme Canada AM on CTV during the 1970s. During this same period Canada AM's sister series W5 was using Supertramp's "Fool's Overture" as its theme music.

This song is used as bumper music for Art Bell's radio program Coast to Coast AM, and as the intro song to his short-lived Art Bell's Dark Matter.