Win Nick’s DOUBLE Voucher


It’s a bank holiday weekend!

So we’re feeling extra generous this Friday.

We have not one but TWO €25 Golden Discs vouchers to give away to the two best entries who post below with your favourite song about travelling (by bus, plane, car, train, on foot etc) and why.

Here’s mine.

Lines MUST close at 3.45pm EXTENDED until 6am Saturday!

(include video where possible)

Nick says: Good luck!

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117 thoughts on “Win Nick’s DOUBLE Voucher

  1. Penfold

    Saw Doctors – N17. Can’t but sing along whenever hear it. Used to love early mornings at electric picnic or Wittness and they’d be one of first bands on.Them or Sunday mass with The Warlords of Pez.

  2. Bertie Theodore Alphege Blenkinsop

    Bronski Beat – Smalltown Boy

    “You leave in the morning with everything you own in a little black case
    Alone on a platform, the wind and the rain on a sad and lonely face
    Mother will never understand why you had to leave
    But the answers you seek will never be found at home
    The love that you need will never be found at home”.

  3. Cool_Hand_Lucan

    Steve Miller – Jet Airliner

    A catchy rock/blues song about a musician who has to leave home to find work but gets homesick at the airport. I think most Irish people can relate to that.

    “But my heart keeps calling me backwards
    As I get on the 707
    Ridin’ high I got tears in my eyes
    You know you got to go through hell
    Before you get to heaven
    Big ol’ jet airliner
    Don’t carry me too far away”

  4. Paul McQuillan

    I like Elton John’s Rocketman, the song has a certain sadness to it as the astronaut leave his family to go to space. I also liked the piano rendition that Elton John played paying homage to Bowie’s Space Oddity.
    She packed my bags last night pre-flight
    Zero hour nine AM
    And I’m gonna be high as a kite by then
    I miss the earth so much I miss my wife
    It’s lonely out in space
    On such a timeless flight

    1. f_lawless

      Nice one. Some part of my brain lying dormant since the 80s fired up hearing that again.
      “Driving away from home, maybe 30 miles or more, not a care in the world”
      30 miles? I guess horizons have expanded a bit since the 80s!

    1. scottser

      Motorhead’s ‘we are the road crew’ has to be the winner. Relentless, amphetamine fuelled fun, exactly as you would imagine a motorhead tour would be. In fact if Bertie’s small town boy went on tour with motorhead he wouldn’t give a toss about whether his mammy loves him or not.

  5. NuffSaid

    Spanish Train – Chris de Burgh

    No, no, I know, I know, but stay with me here.

    Whatever your thoughts on Chris and the bulk of his work, the man can tell a story through music. A what better story, then the classic battle of Good and Evil.

    “The sun is down and the night’s riding in”

    1. Brother Barnabas


      he’s a toxic pox of a human being and everything he’s ever done is utter fupping sh 1t

      1. axelf

        nonsense, only a genius could come up with this

        Dennis is a menace with his “anyone for tennis?”
        And beseeching me to come and keep the score
        And Maud saya “Oh Lord! I’m so terribly bored!”
        I really can’t stand it anymore
        I’m going out to dinner, with a gorgeous singer
        To a little place I’ve found down by the quay
        Her name is Patricia, she calls herself Delicia
        And the reason isn’t very hard to see
        She says God made her a sinner just to keep fat men thinner
        As they tumble down in heaps before her feet
        They hang around in groups like battle-weary troops
        One can often see them queue right down the street
        You see Patricia, or Delicia, not only is a singer
        She also removes all her clothing
        For Patricia is the best stripper in town
        And with a swing of her hips she started to strip
        To tremendous applause she took off her drawers
        And with a lick of her lips she undid all the clips
        Threw it all in the air, and everyone stared
        And as the last piece of clothing fell to the floor
        The police were banging on the door
        On a Saturday night, in nineteen twenty-four
        Take it away boys!
        But poor Patricia was arrested and everyone detested
        The manner in which she was exposed
        And later on in court, well, everybody thought
        A summer run in jail would be proposed
        But the judge said, “Patricia
        Or may I say, Delicia
        The facts of this case lie before me
        Case dismissed, this girl was in her working clothes!”
        And with a swing of her hips, she started to strip
        To tremendous applause she took off her drawers
        And with a lick of her lips she undid all her clips
        Threw it all in the air, and everyone stared
        And as the last piece of clothing fell to the floor
        The police were yelling out for more!
        On a Saturday night in nineteen twenty-four
        On a Saturday night in nineteen twenty-four

  6. Janet, I ate my avatar

     At night I wake up with the sheets soaking wet
    And a freight train running through the middle of my head
    Only you can cool my desire
    Oh oh oh, I’m on fire…
    Bruce Springsteen, I’m on fire,

    yah baby

    1. scottser

      There’s loads of Springsteen to choose from, mine would be my hometown. My dad would let me sit on his lap and steer the car home too. It’s a really evocative tune.

      1. Janet, I ate my avatar

        ah used to love steering the car around the coast on Dad’s knee, those were the days

  7. Otis Blue

    Songs about a destination really. Home. Whatever the reason for the journey you need to know it’s one that can you make. Sometimes though, it’s better to travel hopefully than to arrive.

    Anyway here’s the tunes

    Yo La Tengo – I feel like going Home.

    Here’s two versions of the glorious Almost Home by Moby and Damien Jurado

    The original video

    And live with gospel choir.

  8. Casey Jones

    Truckin’ by the Grateful Dead. A tale of the ups, downs, hazards and random accidents of life on the road.

    “Sometimes the light’s all shining on me,
    Other times I can barely see.
    Lately, it occurs to me,
    What a long strange trip it’s been”.

  9. fairyqueen

    Has to be “Driving With The Brakes On” by Del Amitri.

    A song about abortion (?),
    Driving through the long night
    Trying to figure who’s right and who’s wrong
    Now the kid has gone

    about the the shit that life throws at you:-
    “When you’re driving with the brakes on
    when you’re swimming with your boots on
    its hard to say you love someone
    and it’s hard to say you don’t”

    and a lovesong to boot.
    “Nothin’s gonna make me
    break from her side”

    What more could a body ask for on a rainy Friday afternoon?

  10. nicorigo

    The Divine Comedy- National express-

    What would best would celebrate the joys of travelling than Neil Hannon’s National express?

  11. f_lawless

    Bill Monroe’s ‘Gotta Travel On’ is one of my favorite songs about travelling. Bluegrass rebel music at its finest.

    I’ve laid around and played around this ol’ town too long
    Summer’s almost gone and winter’s comin on
    High sheriff and police comin after me
    And I feel like I gotta travel on

  12. Will

    My entry is Luka Bloom’s powerful “No Matter Where You Go, There You Are” from his phenomenal album “Innocence”. Here’s a video of him performing it live amongst friends. Check it out if you don’t know it.

    1. Slightly Bemused

      Now this is one reason I love these competitions! I never knew this version existed, and I love it. I also did not know Pink did her Sessions, so I will now be checking more of them out!

      Thanks for posting this, Malorie, and the musical journey I shall now go on.

  13. Paulus

    Well you gassed her up
    Behind the wheel
    With your arm around your sweet one
    In your Oldsmobile
    Barrelin’ down the boulevard
    You’re looking for the heart of Saturday night.

    Tom Waits: (Looking for) The Heart of Saturday Night.

  14. Slightly Bemused

    I am sitting this one out as I jut received my own vouchers in the post this morning (Thank you Nick, John and Sinead).

    However, I always had a soft spot for the beautiful voice of Dusty Springfield and Going Back

    Or Roger Whittaker, with a toss-up between The Last Farewell or (I Gotta Leave Old) Durham Town (Links in order as mentioned):

  15. ouch

    Brian Eno – Apollo An Ending (Ascent) Beautiful, always works it’s magic and clears my head. Think it was a previous winner in one of these comps, unlike myself!

    1. Otis Blue

      Which brings us neatly to Two of Us* sung by Aimee Mann and Michael Penn. Bang on topic too.

      * I first heard this version when it was suggested by Bertie on a Beatles cover version post on Broadsheet. Respect!!

      1. Brother Barnabas

        you both post great ones without fail every friday (so thanks for that!) – but I’ll still choose to see it as a camp dance-off if that’s ok

  16. dylad

    Neil Young- ‘Albuquerque’ Not the first or last wanting to get away from it all. Great throwback to the yearning sound of the stray gators of Harvest.

    I’ve been flyin’
    down the road,
    And I’ve been starvin’ to be alone,
    And independent from the scene
    that I’ve known

  17. f_lawless

    Been around the world and aye aye aye, I can’t find my baby
    As Lisa Stansfield might say, ” by ‘eck it’s a proper belta, like”

    1. f_lawless

      With a similar theme, I’d give “500 miles” a mention too (no, not that one!) Another US folk song; Peter Paul and Mary did a version in the 60’s. The version here is from the ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’ soundtrack and is based on PP&M’s. Not a Justin Timberlake fan, but this is a nice interpretation

  18. Slightly Bemused

    Past time and I am out of the biddings anyway, but I just had to share this.

    Not my favourite travelling song, but one that really means a lot to me. The film came out at the right time and when we got together, this is the only song so far I have sung with my daughter. She kept correcting me on how it is sung (I cannot sing, so a hopeless act), but still she would sing it with me. As we drove between where she and her mom live and her grandparents she attempted to correct me. One of my favourite road trips with her, although they all were. Corny and all as it is, I love it.

    I give you the much maligned, but in my heart loved, Cups song by Anna Kendrick:

    1. bertie blenkinsop

      490,499,183 views and I’d never heard it before!
      I like it :)
      That’s why I love these threads, they’re a great way to hear stuff you wouldn’t usually.

      1. Slightly Bemused

        Why I love these too :)
        Any journey should be filled with music, so why not make music the journey?

  19. Slightly Bemused

    Two versions of the same song, each with different heartstrings to pull. I prefer the first (Dixie Chicks) but there is something cute about the second (Megan Adams)
    I am not a lover of militarism, but this evokes not the love of war, but the love of those left behind while their loved ones go to war, and that I understand.
    With that respect, may I give you Trevellin’ Soldier, in two parts:

  20. Slightly Bemused

    And as a verifiable ABBA fan, can I please mention my favourite song of theirs, but which came out at the end of their reign (second last release, if I recall correctly). It mentions trains, and the daily commute, so hopefully it qualifies.

    The Day Before You Came:

  21. Niallo

    Let us be lovers, we’ll marry our fortunes together
    I’ve got some real estate here in my bag
    So we bought a pack of cigarettes and Mrs. Wagner’s pies
    And we walked off to look for America
    Cathy, I said as we boarded a Greyhound in Pittsburgh
    Michigan seems like a dream to me now
    It took me four days to hitchhike from Saginaw
    I’ve gone to look for America
    Laughing on the bus, playing games with the faces
    She said the man in the gabardine suit was a spy
    I said, be careful, his bowtie is really a camera
    Toss me a cigarette, I think there’s one in my raincoat
    We smoked the last one an hour ago
    So I looked at the scenery
    She read her magazine
    And the moon rose over an open field
    Cathy, I’m lost, I said though I knew she was sleeping
    And I’m empty and aching and I don’t know why
    Counting the cars on the New Jersey Turnpike
    They’ve all come to look for America
    All come to look for America
    All come to look for America

  22. Bertie Theodore Alphege Blenkinsop

    I think I find an excuse to post this every time but its brilliant.
    I bought the album the week it came out and apparently nobody else did because it got deleted…. :)

    Vegas- walk into the wind

  23. DOC

    Simon&Garfunkel – Homeward Bound
    Simon&Garfunkel- Scarborough Fair
    Prince – Little Red Corvette
    The Pogues -Fairy Tale of New York
    U2 – Where the Streets Have No Name
    Radiohead – Street Spirit
    Bruce Springsteen – Streets Of Philadelphia
    ZZ Top -Viva Las Vegas
    Marc Cohn – Walking in Memphis
    Toto – Africa
    Dr. Dre – California Love
    The Mama’s and The Papa’s – California Dreaming
    David Bowie – Life on Mars
    Velvet Underground – Venus in Furs
    T’Pau – China in Your Hand
    Johnny Cash – Folsom Prison Blues
    Imelda May – Kentish Town Waltz
    The Proclaimers – Letter from America
    Duffy – Warwick Avenue

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