About The Song

Remember the thrill of the open road, the wind whipping through your hair, and the promise of adventure waiting around every bend? Elvis Presley’s “Highway Star (Follow That Dream)” captures that spirit of wanderlust perfectly. This lesser-known gem from his 1962 film of the same name showcases Elvis in a more relaxed, lighthearted mood, offering a glimpse into the yearning for freedom and a new beginning.

Released in 1962 as part of the soundtrack for the movie Follow That Dream, “Highway Star (Follow That Dream)” might surprise listeners familiar with Elvis’s high-octane rock and roll anthems. Here, we hear a different side of the King – a dreamer with a restless spirit and a song in his heart. The song itself is a country-tinged ballad, with a melody that evokes the vastness of the open highway and the promise of a fresh start.

The lyrics paint a picture of a man yearning for a better life. He’s tired of the same old routine and longs for the freedom of the open road. Lines like “Gonna leave all my troubles behind” and “Gonna follow that highway, follow that dream” showcase the determination and hope for a brighter future. Elvis delivers these lyrics with a touch of optimism and a hint of grit, his voice perfectly capturing the spirit of a restless soul on a mission.

Musically, the song complements the lyrics beautifully. A gentle acoustic guitar strumming lays the foundation, punctuated by the rhythmic tapping of drums and the occasional twang of a steel guitar. The use of a harmonica adds a touch of country flavor, further emphasizing the song’s road trip theme. There are no flashy guitar solos or driving beats here. “Highway Star (Follow That Dream)” is all about the laid-back groove and the hopeful message of the lyrics.

“Highway Star (Follow That Dream)” might not be a chart-topping hit, but it’s a song that resonates with anyone who’s ever dreamt of a fresh start. It reminds us that Elvis Presley could connect with listeners beyond the rock and roll persona, offering a relatable story of chasing dreams with a hopeful heart. So, put on your headphones, roll down the windows, and let Elvis take you on a musical road trip with “Highway Star (Follow That Dream)”.