Back in the Saddle


Back in the Saddle

Infobox Single
Name = Back in the Saddle


Artist = Aerosmith
from Album = Rocks
B-side = "Sick as a Dog"
Released = 1977
Recorded = 1976
Format = 7"
Genre = Hard rock, heavy metal
Length = 4:40
Label = Columbia Records
Writer = Steven Tyler, Joe Perry
Producer = Jack Douglas
Reviews =
Last single = "Walk This Way" (1976)
This single = "Back in the Saddle" (1977)
Next single = "Draw the Line" (1977)

"Back in the Saddle" is a song by American hard rock band Aerosmith. It was written by Steven Tyler and Joe Perry. It is the first song on Aerosmith's pinnacle hard rock album "Rocks" released in 1976. The song was released as the third single from the album in 1977. It peaked at #38 on the Billboard Hot 100.

ong Background

The song's main riff was written by Joe Perry on a Fender Bass VI, which gives the song its distinctive "growl". Brad Whitford plays the lead guitar part. "Back in the Saddle" also features one of the heaviest and noticeable bass lines by Tom Hamilton. The song is also notable for the slow buildup of the drum beat and guitar riff in the beginning of the song, as well as the sound effects of a galloping horse and whips, and screams and yodeling by Steven Tyler at the end of the song. A real bullwhip was intended to be used for the whip effects and hours were spent trying to get it to crack. The band members ended up cut up and hurt without making any progress. Eventually, the band decided the whip effects would be created by whirling a 30-foot cord from the studio, then by firing a cap gun to create the crack of the whip. When the song is performed in concert, Steven Tyler often makes more noticeable lyrical and visible references to sex. Although the lyrics, by Steven Tyler, were written with the simple idea of cowboys and sex, this song took on new meaning after Aerosmith reunited in 1984 and embarked on their Back in the Saddle tour.

Today, the song remains a staple on rock radio and in concert. It is arguably one of the heaviest songs of Aerosmith's Top 40 singles, and is cited by rock musicians Slash and James Hetfield as among their favorite rock songs.

Cover versions

Sebastian Bach covered the song on his 2007 solo album "Angel Down", the song is duet with Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose.

In other media

*Provided theme music for the NFL season kick-off in 2003
*It can be heard in the film License to Drive staring Corey Haim and Corey Feldman while they attend a party.
*A remake of this song, filmed in Las Vegas, served as ESPN's theme music for NASCAR in 2007.
*Was used as entrance music for the late Canadian professional wrestler, Chris Benoit during his time in Extreme Championship Wrestling.
*UFC fighter Randy Couture used the song as entrance music for his 2007 comeback fight against Tim Sylvia where at 43 years of age, he won the UFC Heavyweight title.
*Used as introduction music for the Oklahoma State University football team.
*Is included on Walt Disney World's Rock 'n' Roller Coaster located in MGM Studios.
*Is used in the film "Shanghai Noon" as background music. The specific scene finds the movie's protagonists escaping the hangman's gallows.
*It appears in .

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