Magic Carpet Ride

November 18, 2021

Today’s song of the day, “Magic Carpet Ride,” is by the Canadian-American hard rock band Steppenwolf.

Fun Facts

  • John Kay, co-writer of “Magic Carpet Ride,” has had achromatopsia, which is complete color blindness, since he was born.
  • Released in 1968 on their second album, “Magic Carpet Ride” was one of the first-ever rock songs to open with an extended guitar distortion.
  • The lyrics “sound machine” refer to the new sound system that the band bought after receiving their royalties from their first album. One of the main themes of the song is the way the band’s new sound system sounded.
  • Steppenwolf’s fan base is known as “The Wolfpack.”
  • “Magic Carpet Ride” has been used in several movies, television shows, and commercials. It was first in the 1968 movie Candy, which was based on a popular counterculture novel. It has also been used in Mask, Legal Eagles, Coneheads, Star Trek: First Contact, My Name’s Earl, Spin City, and The Wonder Years, as well as many others.
  • In 1988, John Kay, co-write of “Magic Carpet Ride,” partnered with Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five to create a rap-rock remake.
  • Co-writer of “Magic Carpet Ride,” John Kay, now performs as John Kay & Steppenwolf. He uses his proceeds to support wildlife protection and conservation through Maue Kay Foundation.

Lyrics:

(Musixmatch)

I like to dream, yes, yes

Right between the sound machine

On a cloud of sound I drift in the night

Any place it goes is right

Goes far, flies near

To the stars away from here

Well, you don’t know what

We can find

Why don’t you come with me little girl

On a magic carpet ride

Well, you don’t know what

We can see

Why don’t you tell your dreams to me

Fantasy will set you free

Close your eyes girl

Look inside girl

Let the sound take you away

Last night I hold Aladdin’s lamp

So I wished that I could stay

Before the thing could answer me

Well, someone came and took the lamp away

I looked

Around

A lousy candle’s all I found

Well, you don’t know what

We can find

Why don’t you come with me little girl

On a magic carpet ride

Well, you don’t know what

We can see

Why don’t you tell your dreams to me

Fantasy will set you free

Close your eyes girl

Look inside girl

Let the sound take you away

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