Star Spangled: Classic Rock Songs With Red, White Or Blue In The Title


Jefferson Airplane – “White Rabbit”

The song, off of 1967’s Surrealistic Pillow, was ranked #478 on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. It was partly inspired by Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and the lyrics are often seen as a reference to psychedelic drugs like LSD (which the band were known for using).


The Allman Brothers Band – “Blue Sky”

Appearing on the band’s 1972 double album Eat a Peach, the song was written by guitarist Dickey Betts about his Native American girlfriend and future wife, Sandy “Bluesky” Wabegijig (they divorced in 1975). The song marks Betts’ debut as lead vocalist with the band.


Rush – “Red Barchetta”

The song, off of 1981’s Moving Pictures, describes a future where many vehicles have become illegal. The narrator’s uncle has kept one of these illegal vehicles (a red barchetta) in perfect condition, hidden at his secret country home. The narrator sneaks out to the house to go for drives and is involved in high-speed chases with “air cars.”


Cream – “White Room”

Written by bassist/singer Jack Bruce and poet Pete Brown (although drummer Ginger Baker claims to have written the intro), the song appears on the 1968 double album Wheels of Fire and is perhaps the band’s most well-known song, along with Sunshine of Your Love.


The Who – “Blue, Red, And Grey”

The song appears on 1975’s The Who by Numbers and features guitarist/songwriter Pete Townshend on lead vocals. It is interpreted by some as a song dealing with Townshend’s own depression and thoughts of suicide, while others believe it to have hopeful undertones.

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