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"Life is a Highway" is a song written by Tom Cochrane, from his 1991 album, Mad Mad World.

In 2006, American country band Rascal Flatts covered this song for the Disney/Pixar animated film Cars, which was released on June 9, 2006. The song sold a large quantity of digital downloads, leading to a top ten peak on the Billboard Hot 100. In addition, the cover was placed as a bonus track on later versions of the album Me and My Gang, covered at a Chuck-E-Cheese show by Jasper T. Jowls, and also was included on their Greatest Hits Volume 1. This version also won the "Favorite Song from a Movie" award at the 33rd People's Choice Awards. Neil Donell covered the song on Disney's Karaoke Series: Cars and Songs and Story: Cars.

The instrumental of the Rascal Flatts' cover version was prominently featured in the Top Gear American special aired February 11, 2007. The song is included on the soundtrack for Lego Rock Band. In other Cars media, the song can be heard during races in the video game Cars: Mater-National Championship, and is one of the songs selected by DJ for a Cars Land show called DJ's Dance 'n' Drive.

Lyrics

(Whoo, hmmm, yeah!)

Life's like a road that you travel on,
When there's one day here and the next day gone
Sometimes you bend, sometimes you stand,
Sometimes you turn your back to the wind

There's a world outside every darkened door,
Where blues won't haunt you anymore
Where brave are free and lovers soar,
Come ride with me to the distant shore

We won't hesitate to break down the garden gate
There's not much time left today, yeah!

Life is a highway, I wanna ride it all night long
If you're going my way, well, I wanna drive it all night long

Through all these cities and all these towns,
It's in my blood and it's all around
I love you now like I loved you then,
This is the road and these are the hands

From Mozambique to those Memphis nights,
The khyber pass to Vancouver's lights
Knock me down and back up again,
You're in my blood, I'm not a lonely man

There's no load I can't hold, a road so rough, this I know
I'll be there when the light comes in, just tell them we're survivors

Life is a highway, well, I wanna ride it all night long (Whoo!)
If you're going my way, I wanna drive it all night long (All night long)
(Ah, Gimme, gimme, gimme, gimme, yeah!)
Life is a highway, well, I wanna ride it all night long (Hmmmmm, yeah!)
If you're going my way (You're goin' my way), I wanna drive it all night long (All night long)

There was a distance between you and I (Between you and I)
A misunderstanding once, but now we look it in the eye (Oooooooooh! Ohhhh! YEAH!)

(instrumental)

There ain't no load that I can't hold, a road so rough, this I know
I'll be there when the light comes in, tell me we're survivors

Life is a highway, well, I wanna ride it all night long. (All night long, yeah!)
If you're goin' my way, well, I wanna drive it all night long
(Ah, gimme, gimme, gimme, gimme, gimme, yeah!)
Life is a highway (Life is a highway), I wanna ride it all night long. (Whooooo, yeah!)
If you're going my way (You're going my way), I wanna drive it all night long
(All night long, yeah!)
(C'mon! Ah, gimme, gimme, gimme, gimme, gimme, gimme, yeah!)
Life is a highway, I wanna ride it all night long (Yeah, I wanna drive it all night long, baby)
If you're goin' my way (You're going my way), I wanna drive it all night long (All night long)

Music video

The music video portrays the three band members pulling into a drive-in theater driving three vintage vehicles. The cars allude to three characters from the movie: Lightning McQueen, Doc Hudson, and Mater. As the projector rolls, scenes from the Disney/Pixar movie Cars are shown as the band plays through the number. It was directed by Shaun Silva.

Charts

The Rascal Flatts version subsequently became a hit on the US Hot 100 chart, where it peaked at number 7. Even though it was not officially released to country radio, many country stations played the song as an album cut, overlapping with their then-current country single "My Wish". The unsolicited country airplay brought "Life Is a Highway" to number 18 on the country chart.

Trivia

  • During the song, in the movie, the birds from For the Birds appear for a split second: they're the only characters in Cars to not be car-ified (unless if you include the baby bumblebee shown in the Cars teaser trailer, which is also not car-ified).


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Media
Cars/SoundtrackCars 2/SoundtrackCars 3/Original Motion Picture Soundtrack/Original Score SoundtrackMater and the GhostlightCars ToonsCars: Racing Sports NetworkDisney's Wonderful World of ReadingLittle Golden BookVideo

Video Games: Cars: The Video GameCars 2: The Video GameCars: Mater-National ChampionshipCars: Race-O-RamaThe World of Cars OnlineCars: Radiator Springs AdventuresKinect Rush: A Disney/Pixar AdventureDisney INFINITYCars: Fast as LightningCars 3: Driven to Win

Disney Parks
Cars LandDisney's Art of Animation ResortCars Quatre Roues RallyeDisney Animation BuildingLuigi's Flying TiresLuigi's Rollickin' RoadstersMater's Junkyard JamboreePixar Pal-A-RoundRadiator Springs Racers

Entertainment: Lightning McQueen Live!Lightning McQueen's Racing AcademyMoteurs... Action! Stunt Show SpectacularPixar Playtime Pals
Restaurants: Cozy Cone MotelFillmore's Taste-InFlo's V8 Cafe
Shops: Radiator Springs CuriosRamone's House of Body ArtSarge's Surplus Hut
Parade: Mickey's New Year's Eve ParadePaint The Night ParadePixar Play Parade
Firework: Together Forever: A Pixar Nighttime SpectacularWonderful World of AnimationWorld of Color: Celebrate!

Characters
Cars: Lightning McQueenMaterSally CarreraMackThe KingChick HicksBrush CurberMia and TiaHarvDoc HudsonFloRamoneSheriffLuigiGuidoSargeFillmoreRedLizzieStanleyBessieTex DinocoLynda WeathersJay LimoFrankTractors

Cars 2: Finn McMissileHolley ShiftwellTony TrihullRod "Torque" RedlineTomberMiles AxlerodProfessor ZündappGremAcerFrancesco BernoulliVladimir TrunkovJ. Curby GremlinIvanUncle TopolinoMama Topolino
Cars 3: Cruz RamirezJackson StormSterlingMiss FritterChase RacelottDanny SwervezBubba WheelhouseBobby SwiftSmokeyJunior, River, and Louise
Mater and the Ghostlight: Screamin' Banshee
Cars Toons: KabutoBig DSkipper RileySandy DunesBlue GritIdle ThreatShifty SidewinderDidi 05Mike 07
Video Games: CandiceStinger
Deleted Characters: Zil

Episodes
Mater's Tall Tales: Rescue Squad MaterMater the GreaterEl MaterdorTokyo MaterUnidentified Flying MaterMonster Truck MaterHeavy Metal MaterMoon MaterMater Private EyeAir MaterTime Travel Mater

Tales From Radiator Springs: HiccupsBuggedSpinningThe Radiator Springs 500½
Cancelled Episodes: To Protect and Serve

Songs
Cars: Real GoneLife is a HighwayOur TownSh-BoomRoute 66Find YourselfBehind the CloudsMy Heart Would Know

Cars 2: You Might ThinkCollision of WorldsNobody's Fool
Cars 3: Run That RaceGlory DaysRide
Video games: Free Ride

Organizations/Groups
DinocoTuner CarsWorld Grand PrixLemons
Locations
Radiator SpringsLuigi's Casa Della TiresRamone's House of Body ArtCozy Cone MotelMrs. PistonWilly's ButteRadiator Springs CuriosRadiator Springs Drive-In TheatreWheel Well MotelLondon, EnglandParis, FrancePorto CorsaTokyoCaliforniaLos Angeles International SpeedwayMotor Speedway of the SouthOrnament ValleyBig BenTop Down TruckstopBig BentleyHollywood
Objects
Piston CupAllinolTripleDent Gum
See Also
The Science Behind PixarPixar in a Box
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