Top 10 Bug-Out Songs

Monday comes early this week!  I’m posting Monday’s post on Sunday as I like to do on occasion.  Have fun with it!

Hey all you music minded people out there.  Today’s your chance to contribute some ideas to the blogosphere.  A reader wrote me this weekend asking what was on my iPod for bugging out and said it might be a good post idea.  Since I love music as much as I do I thought this was a fun post idea.

So here’s my spin on it:  the songs have to have something to do with getting out of dodge or some kind of doomsday theme.  One of my favorite songs is Wish You Were Here by Pink Floyd, but I can’t think of a way to spin that to a bug-out, so I can’t use it.

But Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald is a great doom song.

So without further ado here’s my list of bug-out songs:

10.  I’ve Been Every Where Man by Johnny Cash

9.  Big Old Jet Airliner by The Steve Miller Bankd

8.  We Gotta Get Outta This Place by The Animals

7.  Road to Nowhere by Talking Heads

6.  Road Trippin’ by The Redhot Chili Peppers

5.  Guaranteed by Eddie Vedder

4.  Safe and Sound by Taylor Swfit

3.  Ramble On by Led Zepplin

2.  Free Bird by Lynyrd Skynyrd

1.  Travlin’ Band by CCR

 

So there are my favorite doomer/bug-out songs.  What are yours?

Sound off below!

-Jarhead Survivor

64 comments… add one

  • Odd Questioner December 2, 2012, 12:32 pm

    I’m truly surprised. You included the awesome Mr. Cash, but you didn’t include the best doom song he ever wrote – “The Man Comes Around”:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k9IfHDi-2EA

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  • T.R. December 2, 2012, 12:33 pm

    Flight of the valkyries
    Bridge over the river qui
    more , none have lyrics .

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  • J December 2, 2012, 1:06 pm

    N.W.O. by Ministry – Not really sure what the lyrics mean but it sounds like a doomsday theme (New World Order?)

    Army of Me by Bjork – I know it sounds strange but I can imagine telling my family some of the stuff in the lyrics, like to stop complaining and to get to work!

    Comfortably Numb by Pink Floyd – not sure how to spin this into bug out either but I’d probably want it in the car on the way out of dodge.

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    • Odd Questioner December 2, 2012, 7:16 pm

      The whole album that N.W.O comes on is pretty awesome, in my opinion. Bit of an adrenaline-jump, though. :)

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    • Michael December 2, 2012, 11:07 pm

      Yeah, I can see Army Of Me being on the list. Great song.

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  • Jacob Roux December 2, 2012, 1:41 pm

    “It’s The End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine) ” By REM

    That’s great, it starts with an earthquake
    Birds and snakes, an aeroplane, and Lenny Bruce is not afraid

    Eye of a hurricane, listen to yourself churn
    World serves its own needs, don’t misserve your own needs
    Feed it up a knock, speed, grunt, no, strength
    The ladder starts to clatter with a fear of height, down, height
    Wire in a fire, represent the seven games
    And a government for hire and a combat site
    Left her, wasn’t coming in a hurry with the Furies breathing down your neck

    Team by team, reporters baffled, trumped, tethered, cropped
    Look at that low plane, fine, then
    Uh-oh, overflow, population, common group
    But it’ll do, save yourself, serve yourself
    World serves its own needs, listen to your heart bleed
    Tell me with the Rapture and the reverent in the right, right
    You vitriolic, patriotic, slam fight, bright light
    Feeling pretty psyched

    It’s the end of the world as we know it
    It’s the end of the world as we know it
    It’s the end of the world as we know it, and I feel fine

    Six o’clock, TV hour, don’t get caught in foreign tower
    Slash and burn, return, listen to yourself churn
    Lock him in uniform, book burning, bloodletting
    Every motive escalate, automotive incinerate
    Light a candle, light a motive, step down, step down
    Watch your heel crush, crush, uh-oh
    This means no fear, cavalier, renegade and steering clear
    A tournament, a tournament, a tournament of lies
    Offer me solutions, offer me alternatives, and I decline

    It’s the end of the world as we know it (I had some time alone)
    It’s the end of the world as we know it (I had some time alone)
    It’s the end of the world as we know it, and I feel fine (It’s time I had some time alone)
    I feel fine (I feel fine)

    It’s the end of the world as we know it (It’s time I had some time alone)
    It’s the end of the world as we know it (It’s time I had some time alone)
    It’s the end of the world as we know it, and I feel fine (It’s time I had some time alone)

    The other night I dreamt a nice continental drift divide
    Mountains sit in a line, Leonard Bernstein
    Leonid Brezhnev, Lenny Bruce, and Lester Bangs
    Birthday party, cheesecake, jellybean, boom
    You symbiotic, patriotic, slam but neck, right? Right

    It’s the end of the world as we know it (It’s time I had some time alone)
    It’s the end of the world as we know it (It’s time I had some time alone)
    It’s the end of the world as we know it, and I feel fine (It’s time I had some time alone)

    It’s the end of the world as we know it
    It’s the end of the world as we know it
    It’s the end of the world as we know it, and I feel fine (It’s time I had some time alone)

    It’s the end of the world as we know it (It’s time I had some time alone)
    It’s the end of the world as we know it (It’s time I had some time alone)
    It’s the end of the world as we know it, and I feel fine (It’s time I had some time alone)

    It’s the end of the world as we know it (It’s time I had some time alone)
    It’s the end of the world as we know it (It’s time I had some time alone)
    It’s the end of the world as we know it, and I feel fine (It’s time I had some time alone)

    (It’s time I had some alone)

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  • ruscou December 2, 2012, 2:52 pm

    “Eve of Destruction” by Barry McGuire (1965)

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    • Jarhead Survivor December 3, 2012, 8:20 am

      Oh man! That’s so good I should have thought of it myself!

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    • smokechecktim December 3, 2012, 3:51 pm

      WOW now there is an old song that I remember having a 45 rpm Great pick!!

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  • lee December 2, 2012, 3:46 pm

    run to the hills ( iron maiden )

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    • wolverine6 December 2, 2012, 10:35 pm

      Great song!

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  • S.Q. Whrill December 2, 2012, 4:21 pm

    Wouldn’t want to be like you
    By Alan Parson project
    I robot

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  • D'ja'c December 2, 2012, 4:34 pm

    Not in any particular order but: 1. Life During Wartime by Talking Heads/ 2. Rockin’ the Casbah by the Clash/ 3. Ramblin’ Man by Allman Brothers Band/ 4. A Country Boy Can Survive by Hank Jr. / 5. It’s TEOTWAWKI by R.E.M. / 6. Road Trippin’ by Steve Warner/ 7. Couldn’t Stand the Weather by Stevie Ray Vaughn/ 8. Bad Moon on the Rise by CCR/ 9. Invincible by Muse/ 10. Apocalypse Please by Muse. These aren’t “desert island songs” or anything, just get pumped and get going. Might have to put this play list in the MP3 for trail running! Thanks for the “light post” Jarhead it beats thinking about politics and “How Agenda 21 Will Affect YOU!”

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    • D'ja'c December 2, 2012, 5:45 pm

      Wow , Jarhead, the Vedder vid is very cool. I haven’t seen the movie but I read the book. That book and ‘A Walk in the Woods’ by Bill Bryson got me back into hiking and camping. That lead me into prepping.

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      • Jarhead Survivor December 3, 2012, 10:24 am

        The movie actually wasn’t half bad. I read the book and enjoyed the movie too.

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  • Kenneth Click December 2, 2012, 5:36 pm

    Run Through the Jungle, Creedence Clearwater Revival

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  • Jason December 2, 2012, 5:49 pm

    The SHTF songs just to name a few …

    Life During Wartime by Talking Heads

    We Gotta Get Out of This Place by The Animals

    For What it’s Worth – Buffalo Springfield

    Castaway by Green Day (this is a favorite)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VceLxklg0D4

    What A Wonderful World by The Ramones (I made a music video to this song)

    Tangled up & Blue by Bob Dylan

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  • Spectre December 2, 2012, 6:20 pm

    Most of mine have already benn said, but here’s some more recent songs:
    Boulevard of Broken Dreams – Green Day

    Some Nights – FUN

    Radioactive – Imagine Dragons

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    • Jarhead Survivor December 3, 2012, 8:29 am

      I love Green Day. That’s a great song and so is Radioactive!

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  • Spook45 December 2, 2012, 7:54 pm

    BAT OUT of HELL! Meatloaf… Fire On the Mountain MArshel Tucker Band. Uneasy Rider CDB,

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  • Anonymous December 2, 2012, 8:06 pm

    Too many people — McCartney

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  • Anonymous December 2, 2012, 10:31 pm

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  • ND December 2, 2012, 10:33 pm

    Since it’s the season and I have a sense of humor I’d add “Christmas at Ground Zero” by “Weird” Al Yankovic

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  • Michael December 2, 2012, 11:11 pm

    Here’s my Zombie Apocalypse play list. I tried to make it equal parts aggression towards Evil Fuckers and hopeful inspiration towards family and love ones. All of it’s fast paced, seeing how Rule #1 in a Zombie Apocalypse is cardio.

    That’s when I reach for my revolver- Mission Of Burma
    Seek and Destroy- Agent Orange
    Fuck You- DOA
    The City of the Dead- The Clash
    Beat On The Brat- The Ramones
    Motor City Is Burning- MC5
    Everybody’s Going Wild- The Detroit Cobras
    Keep Hanging on- Hüker Dü
    Seven Nation Army- White Stripes
    Shit List- L7

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  • Walt December 3, 2012, 7:20 am

    AC/DC – If You Want Blood (You’ve Got It)

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  • Yoda December 3, 2012, 10:26 am

    Happy Monday Jarhead:

    “NOBody Does It Better”
    “You And Me Against The World”

    US Government Attack On Low And Middle Class Lifestyle”
    http://www.magnifiedview.com

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    • Jason December 3, 2012, 1:41 pm

      Yo-duh,

      I thought you would have picked “Comfortability Numb” by Pink Floyd.

      However, I guess the Carly Simon song is probably a better fit … which part do you relate to?

      http://www.lyricsdepot.com/carly-simon/nobody-does-it-better.html

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      • D'ja'c December 3, 2012, 2:22 pm

        Jason, I just spit coffee out my nose with the Comfortably Numb comment. Thatks for the laugh!

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        • Jason December 4, 2012, 10:45 am

          Happy to oblige but sorry to hear you wasted good coffee however, your nose is probably more awake now …..

          I can’t believe I misspelled Comfortably, I spent many hours listening to Pink Floyd.

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  • riverrider December 3, 2012, 10:41 am

    if i had a rocket launcher by bruce cockburn,
    all she wants to do is dance-don henley,
    there’s a song i can’t find. it starts out “there’s a rifle in the corner”, anybody know it? its driving me crazy…

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    • Walt December 3, 2012, 6:20 pm

      Mike and the Mechanics “Silent Running” RR? That’s a good one, too.

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      • riverrider December 3, 2012, 8:32 pm

        THAT”S IT!!!!!THANKYOUTHANKYOU THANKYOU!!!!

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  • Waterboy December 3, 2012, 12:04 pm

    Let’s hear it for “I’m movin’ on” by Willie Nelson…

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  • GoneWithTheWind December 3, 2012, 1:03 pm

    A better reference or learning tool for preppers is the Dr Zhivago movie (the one with Omar Sharif in it). It was not intentionally a movie about preppers so it escapes the crazy ideas in movies about preppers. It is an incredible insight to what happens to people and a country in a revolution and WROL period. It is a survival story that puts Bear Grylls to shame. Lots of lessons and ideas in this movie.

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  • j.r. guerra in s. tx. December 3, 2012, 1:53 pm

    John Hiatt’s song – NATIVE SON.

    http://www.metrolyrics.com/native-son-lyrics-john-hiatt.html

    The song itself is way cool, give it a listen if you have the chance . . .

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  • poleski December 3, 2012, 2:35 pm

    “Bad Moon Rising” Creedence Clearwater

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  • Tricia December 3, 2012, 3:02 pm

    I don’t know the name of the song but that song by Big Al on ‘Doomsday Preppers’ is stuck in my head

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  • day_tripper December 3, 2012, 3:31 pm

    When SHTF…

    D.O.A. by Bloodrock

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A1PLT0GljPA

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  • Anonymous December 3, 2012, 3:34 pm

    Should I Stay Or Should I Go..The Clash

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  • Wally December 3, 2012, 7:27 pm

    “It’s a beautiful world” DEVO

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  • riverrider December 3, 2012, 8:31 pm

    oooo, the theme from firefly!!

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  • Vicky December 3, 2012, 11:43 pm

    Live and Let Die by Paul McCartney and Wings

    Iron Man by Black Sabbath. (Maybe not so much the words as the ominous music.)

    AquaLung by Jethro Tull (Ditto)

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  • irishdutchuncle December 4, 2012, 12:47 pm

    my hearing isn’t so great, and I don’t dance. (no time for dancing during a bugout anyway… )

    I like all the Credence and Doors songs everyone mentioned.

    Hard Times (come again no more) Steven Foster
    (De Dannan versions)
    Carrickfergis
    (Chieftans, instrumental version)

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  • Anonymous December 4, 2012, 12:51 pm

    carrickfergus.

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  • Steve December 4, 2012, 1:05 pm

    A Simple Desultory Philippic (or How I Was Robert McNamara’d into Submission)
    Simon and Garfunkel

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  • smokechecktim December 4, 2012, 2:28 pm

    so the questions is….do preppers naturally like good music or do people who like good music just naturally become preppers?

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    • riverrider December 4, 2012, 6:36 pm

      answer: to get to the other side:)

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    • D'ja'c December 4, 2012, 7:11 pm

      The answer is yes! When we rebuild a new society on the other side there will only be good music {;-D. So the question is why did Jim Morrison “Break on thru”?

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      • Jason December 4, 2012, 11:25 pm

        D’ja’c,

        Answer: to leave the Riders on the Storm & the People (who) Are Strange and get to the L.A Woman on the Crystal Ship & have her Light His Fire. He Loved Her Madly because he was her true Back Door Man.

        Unfortunately, he met The End in her Soul Kitchen.

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        • D'ja'c December 5, 2012, 6:34 am

          Too much! When he said to the 20th Century Fox, Hello I love you won’t you tell me your name, did she say, G-L-O-R-I-I-I-A?

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          • Jason December 5, 2012, 11:08 am

            Before she could answer, another Jim said to the Foxy Lady – “move over Rover & let Jimi take over …. you know what I’m talking about yea, get on with it babe.”

            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vqf9FxaMIsI

            And when he says “(you’ve) gotta a new fool, I like it like that”, enter Yoda ….

  • kaypuff December 4, 2012, 2:29 pm

    99 Red Balloons – Nena

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  • Tank December 5, 2012, 10:23 am

    “Ghost Riders” by Spiderbait

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  • Anonymous December 5, 2012, 8:44 pm

    Give Blood by Pete Townshend from his White City solo albumn .listen to the background warning on the song. “it’s all building up to something I’m telling you.”

    it is one intense song!

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  • No More Mr. Nice Guy December 6, 2012, 10:06 pm

    No special order so here goes. My City was Gone(The Pretenders) 2112 (Rush) No Way (David Gilmore) Sky Pilot(Eric Burdeon & The Animals) Ridin’ the Storm Out (REO Speedwagon) Die Mother Fucker Die (Dope) Zombie (The Cranberries) Heading Out on the Highway (Judas Priest) The Great Gig in the Sky (Pink Floyd) When the Levee Breaks (Led Zeppelin) When the musics over….. turn out the lights

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  • Anonymous December 7, 2012, 2:37 pm

    Michelle Shocked

    Lyrics to The Secret To A Long Life (is Knowing When It’s Time To Go) :

    Billy Barlow was a poor boy
    That’s why he robbed the Union Grove Bank
    He was a sweet talking ladies man
    At least that’s what he’d have ladies all to think
    Oh, the secret to a long life is knowing when it’s time to go
    So when the posse came riding
    Billy went hiding down south
    Holed up in a shack with Maria
    With the black hair and the ruby-red mouth
    Oh, the secret to a long life is knowing when it’s time to go
    Oh, the secret to a long life is knowing when it’s time to go
    When this news reached her lover
    Billy ran for cover, don’t you know
    And when the bullets started ringing
    Billy started singing “Time to go…”
    Oh, the secret to a long life is knowing when it’s time to go
    Oh, the secret to a long life is knowing when it’s time to go
    Time to go!
    Billy headed north where the sands of the Badlands blow
    But in his dreams he’s still south
    He’s still kissing on that ruby-red mouth
    Oh, the secret to a long life is knowing when it’s time to go
    Oh, the secret to a long life is knowing when it’s time to go

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  • AuricTech December 7, 2012, 6:36 pm

    While it’s not, strictly speaking, a bug-out song, Prism’s “Armageddon” is a great song for TEOTWAWKI.

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    • Jason December 7, 2012, 9:42 pm

      Read some of your blog – it is very clever & amusing. The Bill Whittle video commentary was excellent & I was in tears with the Star Trek/White Rabbit video – it was absolutely hysterical!

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