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High Plains Drifter


  • Mainly from "Those Shoes" by The Eagles
  • "Outta the car, longhair" - "Your Momma Don’t Dance" by Loggins & Messina
  • "Suzie is a Headbanger" - Ramones song of the same title
  • Moaning is from "Put Your Love in My Tender Care" by the Fatback Band
  • Baseline is from a ZZ Top song


  • "Fear and loathing cross the country" - book "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" by Hunter S. Thompson
  • Motel 6 - motel chain
  • Black and Tan - a popular mixture of beers, usually a stout like Guiness and an ale such as Bass
  • K-mart, department store
  • 7-11, convenience store
  • Steve McQueen - actor
  • Travis Bickel - From Taxi Driver
  • Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry - a 1974 film
  • Dirty Harry - popular film and character made famous by Clint Eastwood
  • The term "screw" as in "kicked the screw in the knee" is an old slang term for a prison guard
  • OTB - Off Track Betting
  • "High Plains Drifter" was a Western starring Clint Eastwood
  • "Drunk called Otis" - drunk from the Andy Griffith show
  • KOOL- brand of cigarettes
  • Harry Houdini - Magician in early part of 20th century
  • "I bet on one horse to win and another to show...that nag came in" from The Band’s "Up on Cripple Creek", actual lyrics are "She bet on one horse to win and I bet on another to show, the odds were in my favor, I had ’em five to one, and when that nag to win came around the track, sure enough she had won."
  • Ballantine quarts - ale
  • "...check the gold tooth display" - reference to a line in the ZZ Top song ‘Nationwide’
  • "Takin’ care of business at 7-11" - possibly a reference to Takin’ Care Of Business by Bachman-Turner Overdrive
  • "My man turned to me and said why are you here?" - possibly a reference to the first thing Yoda said to Luke Skywalker in the Empire Strikes Back
  • Longhair - slang term for hippies, who often had long hair


They can’t catch me never gonna find me
They’re never gonna know that I’m the High Plains Drifter
Pulled over to the river to take a rest
Pulled out a pair of pliers and pulled the bullet out of my chest
Fear and loathing across the country listening to my 8 track
Reached behind the seat and grabbed a Kool from the pack
Long distance from my girl and I’m talking on the cellular
She said that she was sorry and I said yeah the hell you were
Check my rear view mirror check the gold tooth display
Check the odometer and I was on my way
Cause I’m a high plains drifter the best that you can get
A strapped shoplifter a pirate on cassette
Bust a Travis Bickle when I feel that I’m getting pushed
Don’t step to me or you’re gonna get mushed
Doing 120 plowing over mail boxes
Radar detector to tell me where the cops is
Spend another night at the Motel 6
It’s five dollars extra get the porno flicks
Concoct a black and tan in my brandy snifter
I’m a kleptomaniac K-Mart shoplifter
Cash flow getting low so I had to pull a job
I found a nice place to visit but a better place to rob
Left the car outside with the engine still revvin’
Time to get busy at 7-Eleven
Went inside to make my withdrawal
I would’ve took what he had had had I had to take it all
Knucklehead deli tried to gyp me on the price
So I clocked him off the turban with the bag of ice
Mellow like Jell-O cool like lemonade
Made my getaway and I thought that I had it made
I feel like Steve McQueen a former movie star
Look in my rearview mirror seen a police car
Ballantine quarts with the puzzle on the cap
I couldn’t help but notice I was caught in a speed trap
Dirty Mary Crazy Larry on the run from Dirty Harry
Stash the cash in the dash but my gun I did carry
I’m seeing blue and red flashing deep in the night
I got my alibi straight and I pulled over to the right
Cop knocked on my window and said Boy where’s the fire
you’ve got a mailbox on your bumper and a bald front tire
*Outta the car longhair* your goose is cooked
Read me my rights fingerprinted and booked
Makin’ like a D.T. driving a Gran Fury
Wherever I hang my hat’s my home and my past is kind of blurry
Every dog will have its day and mine will be in front of a jury
I’m the High Plains Drifter and I’m never in a hurry
Read me my rights as if I didn’t know this
Threw me in the tank with the drunk called Otis
With his five o’ clock shadow he smelled of 3-day old beer
My man turned to me and said why are you here?
I said I’m charming and dashing I’m rental car bashing
Phony paper passing at Nix Check Cashing
Went before the judge he sent me to the Brooklyn House of D.
He said you behave son or we’ll throw away the key
Harry Houdini’d out the cuffs I kicked the screw in the knee
Took the bailiff’s wallet and went straight to O.T.B.
I had a good feeling easy come easy go
I bet on one horse to win and your mother to show
And sure enough that nag came in
Brought my ticket to the window and collected my win
Broke into my new car with a wire coat hanger
Hot wired hot wheeled and *Suzy is a headbanger*