“Easy Rider”


"Easy rider, see what you have done... Made me love you, now your man done come." The singer expresses regret about the relationship between men and women, but hopes to do better in the future


The Random House Historical Dictionary of American Slang's "b" definition [of "easy rider"], "a woman who is sexually promiscuous or easily seduced", is the one that applies here. (Another definition, interestingly enough, is "guitar.") - PJS

Cross references


  • Texas Alexander, "Easy Rider Blues" (Vocalion 02856, 1934)
  • Bea Booze [pseud. for Muriel Nichols], "See See Rider Blues" (Decca 8633, 1942; Decca 48055, n.d.)
  • Jimmie Davis, "Easy Rider Blues" (Bluebird B-5570, 1934)
  • Scott Dunbar, Celeste Dunbar & Rosie Dunbar, "Easy Rider" (on MuSouth05)
  • Blind Lemon Jefferson, "Easy Rider Blues" (Paramount 12474, 1927)
  • Tom Johnson & John Copeland, "See See Mama" (on MuSouth05)
  • Sam McGee, "Easy Rider" (Vocalion 5254, c. 1929; rec. 1928)
  • Ma Rainey, "See See Rider Blues" (Paramount 12252, 1925)
  • Leo Soileau, "Easy Rider Blues" (Paramount 12808, 1929)
  • Chuck Willis, "C. C. Rider" (Classic Wax CW-0004, rec. 1957)


  1. Sandburg, pp. 246-247, "C. C. Rider" (2 short texts, 1 tune)
  2. Lomax-FSUSA 22, "Easy Rider" (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. Courlander-NFM, p. 19, "(See See Rider)" (1 tune, partial text); cf. pp. 152-153 (apparently a combination of this song with "Satisfied") (1 text, 1 tune)
  4. Silber-FSWB, p. 75, "Easy Rider" (1 text)
  6. Roud #10056
  7. BI, LxU022


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1925 (recording, Ma Rainey)
Found in: US(So)