Goddess on a Hiway

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"Goddess on a Hiway"
Single by Mercury Rev
from the album Deserter's Songs
Released November 2, 1998
August 16, 1999 (re-issue)
Format CD, 7" vinyl
CD, eCD (re-issue)
Recorded Tarbox Studios, NRS Studios, Six Hours Studios
Genre Alternative rock
Length 3:45
Label V2 Records
Songwriter(s) Jonathan Donahue, Sean "Grasshopper" Mackowiak
Producer(s) Dave Fridmann, Jonathan Donahue, Aaron Hurwitz
Mercury Rev singles chronology
"Everlasting Arm"
(1995)
"Goddess on a Hiway"
(1998)
"Delta Sun Bottleneck Stomp"
(1999)
"Everlasting Arm"
(1995)
"Goddess on a Hiway"
(1998)
"Delta Sun Bottleneck Stomp"
(1999)

"Holes"
(1999) Holes1999

"Goddess on a Hiway"
(re-issue)

(1999) String Module Error: Match not found1999

"Nite and Fog"
(2001) Nite and Fog2001

"Goddess on a Hiway" is the first single from Mercury Rev's fourth studio album, Deserter's Songs. The single was first released on November 2, 1998, and then re-issued on August 16, 1999. Two music videos were produced for the song, one directed by Anton Corbijn, the other directed by James & Alex (featured on the 1999 eCD single). B-sides include a cover of "I Only Have Eyes for You" featuring musician Sean O'Hagan.

The song's lyrics takes advantage of homonymy: the first verse contains the lines "I got us on a highway, I got us in a car..." This changes to "She's a goddess on a highway, a goddess in a car..."

In October 2011, NME placed it at number 122 on its list "150 Best Tracks of the Past 15 Years".[1]

Background[edit]

"Goddess" was originally written by Mercury Rev frontman Jonathan Donahue in 1989[2] while he was still a member of The Flaming Lips.[3] The song had been largely forgotten until it was found on an old cassette tape during the sessions for Deserter’s Songs. Donahue was reluctant to work on the old song, and had to be convinced to resurrect it for the album.[4]

Track listing[edit]

UK[edit]

1998 CD:

  1. "Goddess on a Hiway" - 3:45
  2. "Ragtag" - 2:42
  3. "I Only Have Eyes for You" (featuring Sean O'Hagan) - 4:22

1998 7" vinyl:

  1. "Goddess on a Hiway" - 3:45
  2. "Ragtag" - 2:42

UK Re-issue[edit]

1999 CD #1:

  1. "Goddess on a Hiway" - 3:45
  2. "I Don't Want to Be a Soldier" (Live Peel Session, May 5, 1999) - 3:30
  3. "Car Wash Hair" (Live BBC Radio Session) - 7:55

1999 CD #2:

  1. "Goddess on a Hiway" - 3:45
  2. "I Dreamt" (read by Robert Creeley) - 1:30
  3. "Very Sleepy Rivers" - 12:31
  4. "Goddess on a Hiway" (enhanced video)

US[edit]

"Goddess on a Hiway +5" promo EP CD:

  1. "Goddess on a Hiway" - 3:45
  2. "Delta Sun Bottleneck Stomp" (The Chemical Brothers Remix) - 6:22
  3. "Ragtag" - 2:42
  4. "I Only Have Eyes for You" (featuring Sean O'Hagan) - 4:22
  5. "Vampire Blues" (Live) - 2:50
  6. "Isolation" (Live) - 4:10

Japan[edit]

EP CD:

  1. "Goddess on a Hiway" - 3:45
  2. "Car Wash Hair" (Live BBC Radio Session) - 7:55
  3. "Caroline Says Pt. II" - 3:33
  4. "Vampire Blues" (Live) - 2:50
  5. "Holes" / "I Collect Coins" [unlisted] (Live) - 7:04
  6. "Isolation" (Live) - 4:10
  7. "Very Sleepy Rivers" - 12:31
  8. "I Only Have Eyes for You" (featuring Sean O'Hagan) - 4:22
  9. "Goddess on a Hiway" (enhanced video)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "150 Best Tracks Of The Past 15 Years: #122 Mercury Rev - Goddess On A Hiway". NME.com. Oct 2011. 
  2. ^ Halpin, Padraic (16 May 2011). "Interview: Mercury Rev On The Record That Brought Them Back From The Brink". Ragged Words. Archived from the original on 2013-08-27. Retrieved 20 Aug 2012. 
  3. ^ Cameron, Keith (Nov 1998). "The Untold History Of America’s Most Pioneering Band". New Music Express. Retrieved 20 Aug 2012. 
  4. ^ Halpin, Padraic (16 May 2011). "Interview: Mercury Rev On The Record That Brought Them Back From The Brink". Ragged Words. Archived from the original on 2013-08-27. Retrieved 20 Aug 2012. 

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