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CHAPTER SEVEN

Renegade

Song Stories

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In this series of Song Stories we’re taking you behind the scenes of each song.
Chapter VII–The Road is the sixth EP from our album Old Bones Odyssey
Coming soon: we’re creating a podcast that dives deeper into the stories and history behind our songs.

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Lyrics

Renegade

“Don’t look back, burn every bridge
Tell everyone to go to hell
Don’t give up, never say die
Leave all the past behind”
-Ellen Kaye

Ellen C Kaye – Lead Vocal
Ethan Fein – Guitar
Andrew Drelles – Tenor Sax, Bari Sax
Koa Ho – Electric bass
Zach Mullings – Drums
Jackie Presti – Backing Vocals
Soara-Joye Ross – Backing Vocals
© 2022 Ellen C Kaye and Ethan Fein. All rights reserved.

Riding on the back of the northwind
Pine needles ‘cross a forest floor
Washing off the stain
A renegade
A rogue and a runaway

Don’t look back
Burn every bridge
Tell everyone to go to hell
Don’t give up
Never say die
Leave all the past behind

A blowing blue sky
Crashes over highways
Truckers, drifting through the night
Washing off the stain
A renegade
A rogue and a runaway

Don’t look back
Burn every bridge
Tell everyone to go to hell
Don’t give up
Never say die
Leave all the past behind

 

Strange motel rooms
Darkened bars
A boom town late at night
Washing off the stain
A renegade
A rogue and a runaway

White caps bursting on a river
Shadows ripping through the night
Washing off the stain
A renegade
A rogue and a runaway

Don’t look back
Burn every bridge
Tell everyone to go to hell
Don’t give up
Never say die
Leave all the past behind

Washing off the stain
A renegade
A rogue and a runaway

 

 

Ellen C Kaye – Lyrics
Ethan Fein – Music 
Ellen C Kaye, Ethan Fein, Bill Moss, Alan Joseph–Producers
Bill Moss – Recording engineer 
Outlier Inn Recording Studio, Woodridge, New York
(c) 2023 A Repair With Gold Production LLC SM

The Story

Renegade

“A rush, the wind, a feeling of wonder, of danger, of the road.”-Ellen Kaye

“Renegade” is the story of when I ran away from home at fourteen and hitchhiked to California and back. 7,500 miles on my own. It was a wild and strange time. I wanted to capture that feeling. I wanted to remember it. Particularly the extraordinary experience of being on the highway. What it was like to be in a place and have no one on earth know where you are. You are in your own private world. I loved that sensation. A rush, the wind, a feeling of wonder, of danger, of the road. There was a particular quality to the freedom, to the light, to the air. The people were a jumble of things, warm, predatory, generous. It was America in 1974. Not like anything else. I think we caught a piece of it in this song. 

It’s funny to be 64 and singing a song about myself when I was 14. To find out how much I have in common with that 14 year old person. The fire, the anger, the refusal to want to put up with other people’s ideas of who I am. I’ve felt that way forever. So it’s a strange coming home when I sing this song. Every time I sing it, I’m really not sure if I’m 14 or 64.

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Full transcript of interview with Ellen below

I wrote Renegade because I ran away from home when I was 14 years old and hitchhiked to California 7,500 miles on my own and I wanted to capture that feeling and I wanted to remember it. But particularly the feeling of being on the highway and the way you are in a place that no one on earth knows where you are. You are in your own private world and yes it was extremely dangerous and a lot of crazy stuff happened and it was 1974 and America was actually as crazy as it is now. So it was not a safe experience, but it was the adventure of a life time.

I want them to feel like they’re hitchhiking and the world is spread out in front of them and there’s no limitations. There’s nothing to hold them back. It is the most freeing feeling. I mean, I realize that no one can do it anymore and probably no one should have done it then. But since I did it, I know what it feels like. I can tell you from that experience, that it was not like anything else I’ve ever done.

Don’t look back, burn every bridge.
Tell everyone to go to hell
Don’t give up, never say die
Leave all the past behind

Pretty much sums it up. I got nothing to add.

It’s funny to be 63 and singing a song about myself when I was 14 and to find how much I have in common with that 14 year old person. The fire, the anger, the refusal to want to put up with other people’s ideas of who I am. I’ve felt that way forever. So it’s a strange coming home when I sing that song. Every time I sing it, I’m really not sure if I’m 14 or 63.

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Ellen C Kaye

Singer/songwriter, producer, podcast maker, mom, born and bred in NYC. Night Club singer at heart.