Driftin' Man is a fast pace Southern Rock tune reminiscent of Golden Earring's Radar Love and The Doors' L.A. Woman. This song will get your foot tappin', your fingers drummin' and your head bobbin'.
The song is about a bank robber who sees himself as invincible having escaped many tight squeezes in the past. All of his accomplices are dead or in jail. He's wanted in 13 states. Slipping in and out of reality as a 'Cool Hand Luke' kind of drifter, he makes a covert trip to his home town of Savannah, Georgia. Careless, he runs into an old flame. She bewitches him as she did years ago when she broke his heart. Together, they embark on a Bonnie & Clyde adventure that leads to an eventual shootout on a highway. Only she isn't what he thought she was. She's a cop and she is forced to take him down.
As her tin badge flashes across his eyes, he lays dying on the hot asphalt staring at her with a grin realizing the irony of his defeat.
In his last breath, she gently brushes her hand across his eyes, to change his world forever, and send him back to the House of the Rising Sun where he is reborn.
The bridge part of the song climaxes into a cool Gypsy style dance just before the song falls back into the last verse. There's a sudden break in the action with a more quiet reflective moment, then it flies off again, to build up into an all out 'winner take all' ending.
Rey Cote's lead guitar answers to every vocal line JP Ranger belts out. While Ranger hammers the acoustic guitar, Glen Scammell's bass and Gilles Cholette's drums hold the rhythm section to this fast music train. The song's back beat is ever present and on cruise control with the pedal to the metal.
Recorded, mixed and produced by J.P. Ranger at Deer Horn Productions
Mastered by David Cain - Soundmaster Studios