Free Ride ~ Edgar Winter Group

Edgar Winter is an American musician who had significant success in the 1970s and 1980s. He is a keyboard player, vocalist, saxophonist and percussionist, well-versed in jazz, blues and rock. He is the second son of John and Edwina Winter, who were very much responsible for Edgar and his older brother Johnny Winter’s early musical awareness. Both Edgar and Johnny have albinism.

In 1972 Edgar formed The Edgar Winter Group which included Dan Hartman, Ronnie Montrose and Chuck Ruff. It was with this band that he had his biggest successes: first with the 1972 album They Only Come Out at Night which featured the #1 hit instrumental “Frankenstein” which pioneered the use of the synthesizer as a lead instrument and reached number one in the U.S. in May 1973 and the top 15 single Free Ride; which reached number 14 that same year, then the album Shock Treatment which featured the song “Easy Street”.

Free Ride

Free Ride is a song written by Dan Hartman and performed by the The Edgar Winter Group.


The mountain is high
the valley is low
and you’re confused on which way to go
so I’ve come here to give you a hand
and lead you into the promised land
come on take a free ride (free ride)
come on and sit here by my side
come on and take a free ride
all over the country I’ve seen it all the same
nobody’s winning at this kind of game
we’ve got to do better it’s time to begin
you know all the answers must come from within
come on take a free ride (free ride)
come on and sit here by my side
come on and take a free ride.

  • Audio is a EMI master remix from the 1973 album, They Only Come Out at Night:


About DJ Allyn

DJ Allyn is a burned out radio guy who went on to become a burned out sound engineer for a few Seattle area grunge bands in the 1980s and 1990s. Left the madness of worldwide tours with bands, cleaned up my act and went into the relative sanity of sound engineering for television series. Currently working as the Director of Sound for a television series being filmed in North Vancouver, British Columbia. I am always on the lookout for interesting videos, old music, and fun.

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