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"The Ride"
Single by David Allan Coe
from the album Castles in the Sand
Released 1983
Genre Country
Label Columbia
Writer(s) J. B. Detterline, Jr., Gary Gentry
Producer Billy Sherrill
David Allan Coe singles chronology
"Whiskey Whiskey"
"The Ride"
"Cheap Thrills"

"The Ride" is a song written by Gary Gentry and J.B. Detterline Jr., performed by country singer-songwriter David Allan Coe and released in 1983. The ballad tells the story of an encounter with the ghost of Hank Williams, Sr.


The song first appeared on Coe's Castles in the Sand/Once Upon a Rhyme album. It was first covered by Hank Williams, Jr. and later by Tim McGraw (appearing at the end of the "Real Good Man" music video, which was recorded live).

Chart performance

Chart (1983) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles 4
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 2



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