Thursday, January 07, 2010

The Rest of My Life I Will Always Drive and Drive

Since I posted back in April 2008 about a certain mystery track I’ve had on my computer since early college — it’s labeled as “Autobahn” by the band Karate, yet it’s not by the band most often associated with that name and it seems to have no relation to the Kraftwerk album Autobahn — this blog has received a hit or two a month from people trying to find “karate autobahn” or “karate autobahn mislabeled” or some such thing. However, no one arriving here seems to know who actually performed the song in question or what it’s actually called. And at least one other person has posted online about not knowing the truth about this song. Recently, someone who like me downloaded this mislabeled song back in the days of Audiogalaxy arrived here, and, lacking any answers, he emailed me:
Drew, As a fan of Geoff Farina and Karate, I too downloaded this song, labeled as Autobahn by Karate. Its been driving me crazy for years that I cannot find the correct artist who performs this. I was wondering if you had any, shazam, friends have all come up empty.
This prompted me to finally post the song on my blog and see if anyone else can listen to it and tell me if it sounds familiar. Please do, music experts. And, even better, please send to your music expert friends and see if they can recognize it. I actually like the song and would like to give proper credit to whoever made it.

As you can tell from the singer’s vowels, he either has a British-sounding pronunciation or is trying to sound like he does. I can tell you literally nothing else about the track other than that it would have been available on Audiogalaxy and Napster back in 2000, 2001, or 2002 — back in the days when MP3s ran wild and free through college dorm rooms. And Googling about for it has so far turned up nothing. In hopes that this may help my cause, I’m also posting the lyrics — or at least how I’ve best been able to interpret the lyrics. The combination of the singer’s accent and the music itself make it difficult to hear certain parts, and if you think you can do better than I did, please fire off a comment pointing out what might replace some of these [inaudible] markers. My best shot:
I put up to my shoulders every now and then No matter how I try I’m always halfway there The roads are empty Trying to avoid myself No matter what I do I’m always halfway there I am [inaudible] before I have a shot The blissful ignorance will [inaudible]
{Chorus: Why would I need another day? I try to find another way It’s just I don’t know what to do and no one else seems to know it I’m not yourself and that’s more frustrating than knowing you’re undead}
[Inaudible] play for keeps are rolling under me All this distance, still I’m always halfway there Yes I had a bad day They know I can do better A safe return forever From now on this is downhill
I’ll be alone when it’s cold [a wild guess on this line] Yeah, I’ll be here to here when it’s cold [Inaudible] [Inaudible] The rest of my life I will always drive and drive The rest of my life I will always drive and drive The rest of my life I will always drive and drive The rest of my life I will always drive and drive The rest of my life I will always die and die
So... Anyone? Anyone?


  1. The last lines before the "always drive and drive" are:-

    I'll be alone when it's cold
    I'll be here, to hear when it's close
    Yes, damn the doors, and all of them will be closed
    Damn the doors, all of them will be closed

  2. Ah. Thanks so much for the clarification. But no clue as to who the artist might be?

  3. C. Patrick4:51 PM

    Drew, I wrote you before as quoted above. Im still trying to find the answer to this. You'd think someone out there would know who the hell wrote this song!

  4. Cool. Much appreciated. But a question: What do you mean "as quoted before"?

  5. Anonymous3:09 AM

    Found your blog while running a search on the "title". Good luck with this!

  6. I'm the girl whose mix you linked to and I still haven't been able to figure this out! If I find anything, I'll let you know, but keep on with your search. :)

  7. I'm happy that someone is also obsessed with figuring this out. I'm sad that no one has the answer. Good luck!

  8. Anonymous5:14 AM

    I'm happy that I'm not the only one, who can't get this song out of my head. Likewise, I got it in 2001 from Audiogalaxy. Since then I was randomly asking around, and no one could guess what that is. I'll try to spread the video link once again, but frankly, I think, it's hopeless.

  9. Anonymous4:33 PM

    Hi friends of this amazing song. In search of the "real" artist I've found this blog - and at least I know now that I'm not the only one longing to get the band's name performing this great piece of music.
    Regards from Germany

  10. Hi there, Germany. Thanks for the heads-up. It's oddly comforting to be reminded that other people are wondering about this song.

  11. I'm in your boat. A favorite but mysterious song from early '00s college days. No answer.

  12. fake karate fan3:51 PM

    same boat.. shazam doesnt know either

  13. Hi Drew, here's the guy from Germany again (22.11.2011)
    I've posted it now also on my (quite new) facebook site, in hope that first the site will become more popular, and of course finally the song will be recognised by any follower (in case there are ;-)
    Gimme a Like if you like!
    Regards, Quentin

    1. Thanks, man. Do give me a heads up if you learn anything.

  14. I had this SAME experience as well.
    Early 2000s, crappy college apt, slow internet, AudioGalaxy..."Autobahn" by Karate.
    I even played it on my college radio show back then.

    I'd love to find the creators of this song but I also love the mystery of this, the internet has destroyed
    mystery everywhere else.

    Thanks for your blogpost on the song.