Steppenwolf Born to be Wild

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Steppenwolf Born to be Wild

Steppenwolf Born to be Wild

Hard Rock

This proto-metal, hard rock song has come to be an anthem of sorts for the freedom and joy of riding on the road. It was particularly associated with motorcycles. The song was first used in the 1969 film Easy Rider and became a counterculture classic.

The song was written by Mars Bonfire, which is the stage of Canadian musician and songwriter Dennis Edmonton (born Dennis Eugene McCrohan). Bonfire is the brother of Jerry Edmonton (born Gerald McCrohan), who was the drummer for Steppenwolf. Bonfire and his brother had been members of Jack London & The Sparrows, later called The Sparrows, who had formed in 1964 in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada. Other Steppenwolf personnel had been part of the gang as well, including John Kay, Goldy McJohn, Michael Monarch, and Rushton Moreve.

Bonfire says that inspiration for the song came when he was walking down Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles and say a poster in a window that had a picture of a motorcycle erupting out of the earth like a volcano and said “Born to Ride.” The song was released on their 1968 album Steppenwolf and then as a single with “Everybody’s Next One” on the B-Side. “Born to be Wild” went to #1 on the Canadian Charts and #2 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. Rolling Stone magazine has it on their list of the “500 Greatest Songs of All Time.” John Kay, of Rolling Stone, says that “Every generation thinks they’re born to be wild and they can identify with that song as their anthem.”

“Born to be Wild” is considered to be among the early heavy metal songs. The lyrics contain the phrase “heavy metal thunder.” Heavy metal as a term is credited to William Burroughs, who used it his 1961 novel The Soft Machine. To Burroughs, heavy metal was “the ultimate expression of addiction, that there’s something actually metallic in addiction.” Hmm. Well, whether it denotes freedom or addiction, the term remained.

Steppenwolf formed in 1967 in Toronto. The group members for the Steppenwolf album were John Kay (guitars, harmonica, lead vocals), Rushton Moreve (bass guitar, backing vocals), Michael Monarch (guitars, backing vocals), Goldy McJohn (organ, piano, electric piano), and Jerry Edmonton (drums, percussion, backing vocals). Membership has changed over the years, but they continue to tour and perform.

Here are the lyrics to “Born to be Wild” by Steppenwolf:

“Get your motor runnin’
Head out on the highway
Looking for adventure
In whatever comes our way

Yeah, darlin’
Gonna make it happen
Take the world in a love embrace
Fire all of your guns at once
And explode into space

I like smoke and lightnin’
Heavy metal thunder
Racing in the wind
And the feeling that I’m under

Yeah, darlin’ Gonna make it happen
Take the world in a love embrace
Fire all of your guns at once
And explode into space

Like a true nature’s child
We were born
Born to be wild
We can climb so high
I never wanna die
Born to be wild
Born to be wild

Get your motor runnin’
Head out on the highway
Looking for adventure
In whatever comes our way

Yeah, darlin’
Gonna make it happen
Take the world in a love embrace
Fire all of your guns at once
And explode into space

Like a true nature’s child
We were born
Born to be wild
We can climb so high
I never wanna die
Born to be wild Born to be wild”

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