highway call


New Member
I'm trying to translate James Taylor's 'Caroline in my mind'.
I do not understand what 'highway call' means in the sentence:
"Well it was dark and silent late last night
I think I might have heard the highway call
Can somebody explain what a 'highway call' means?
  • SwissPete

    Senior Member
    Français (CH), AE (California)
    :) Welcome to the forum, Ixey.

    Are you familiar with The Call of the Wild by Jack London? Same idea...

    The highway is calling me; I have to go.

    Miss Julie

    Senior Member
    The song is "Carolina in My Mind."

    Remember that song lyrics are open to interpretation and often are not the best ways to learn proper English grammar.

    That said, I believe it means that the highway is calling to him; he has wanderlust.


    New Member
    Indeed, translating songs isn't the best way to learn Englisch. But on the other hand, it's a very entertaining way to do so (a way I can sustain). ;-)

    Moreover, it is frustrating to search for a translation in dictionairies and on the Internet and not find it after all (I hope this was a correct sentence, i'm not sure). The more I search for it, the more I want to know it. So I'm glad I found this forum. And I'm glad some people give me the answer to my question! Now I understand it!
    < Previous | Next >