Playlist: Songs About Sally

Sometimes all you can do is make a playlist. In loving memory of Sally Ride, a hero — I give you an hour of music about Sally, all the Sallies.

Sally – Gogol Bordello
Mustang Sally – Sir Mack Rice
Where Has Sally Gone? – Caroline Smith and the Good Night Sleeps
Lay Down Sally – Eric Clapton
Sally Ann – Natalie Merchant
Sally Ann – Rufus Wainwright
Long Tall Sally – Little Richard
Sally I Can See You – Kimbra
Sally Gal (Alternate Take) – Bob Dylan
Sally Sue Brown – Bob Dylan
Sally’s Song – Catherine O’Hara
Sneakin’ Sally Through the Alley – Robert Palmer
Sally the Camel – The Montreal Children’s Workshop
My Pet Sally – blink-182
Ride Sally Ride – Al Green
Sally Simpson – The Who
Sally’s Pigeons – Cyndi Lauper
Sally Go ‘Round the Roses – Grace Slick and the Great Society
Miss Sally Hunter – Harp Music Collective
Morning Song for Sally – Nanci Griffith
Rocket Man – Elton John


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A.E. Osworth

A.E. Osworth is part-time Faculty at The New School, where they teach undergraduates the art of digital storytelling. Their novel, We Are Watching Eliza Bright, about a game developer dealing with harassment (and narrated collectively by a fictional subreddit), is forthcoming from Grand Central Publishing (April 2021) and is available for pre-order now. They have an eight-year freelancing career and you can find their work on Autostraddle (where they used to be the Geekery Editor), Guernica, Quartz, Electric Lit, Paper Darts, Mashable, and drDoctor, among others.

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  1. I think Sally Ride is probably the only one that Mustang Sally works for.

    For the rest of us, whenever it comes on it means being condemned to drunk men suddenly feeling at liberty to gyrate close to you and lasciviously slur ride, Sally, riiiiiiiiiide

    So many nightmares.

    • YES. It is incredibly annoying that a song would dare to be called “Ride Sally Ride” and not be about Sally Ride. It’s even worse that it’s a hetero sleaze song. From the 70’s. She should be awarded retroactive posthumous copyright over her name and that stupid song should be deleted from existence.

      Failing that, we should re-lyric it. Something about kicking the ass of anybody who demeans a woman’s powers of achievement or sexual self-determination or anything else.

    • I love that song, it’s one of my favorite David Bowie songs but it has kind of a downer ending…

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