This new song is a love letter to cycling

The new Bakers Eddy track also sounds a warning to drivers who dare get too close.

by Matt de Neef


You don’t hear too many songs about cycling. Yeah, there’s been a few over the years (shout-out to Shellac’s sludgy jam, ‘Riding Bikes’) but it’s not like bike riding is a popular source of inspiration for your average songwriter.

Which is why this new track from Melbourne-based Kiwi punk rockers Bakers Eddy caught our attention. ‘Hi-Vis Baby’ is a punchy, high-energy celebration of many of the things that make cycling great – riding fast, riding far, the invigorating joy of cold air on your face.

It’s also something of an anthem for cycling safety. “If you’re in a four-wheel drive, you can fuck off,” declares singer Ciarann Babbington. “My cycle. That’s my lane. Don’t touch me.”

We’ve all been there.

“Unfortunately it’s not metaphorical,” Babbington said about the lyrics. “I just really like riding my bike and I hate it when dickheads in 4x4s cut you off and run you off the road.

“The words were originally supposed to be placeholders but after we demo’d the song I started listening to it while riding and it felt badass so we kept them in.”

‘Hi-Vis Baby’ is set to appear on the Bakers Eddy’s upcoming debut album, Love Boredom Bicycles, due for release on March 25.

Lyrics for ‘Hi-Vis Baby’

I don’t care I like it raining on me
Can’t you see me I’m hi-vis baby
Well I’m taking my time I’m push push biking
I’m feeling myself I’m fast as lightning

I could go forever
Distance is nothing
I think I feel better
Cause my heart is pumping
If you’re in a four wheel drive
You can fuck off
I am not your problem
Cause I’m on a journey
Don’t concern you

My cycle
That’s my lane
Move over
My cycle
That’s my lane
Don’t touch me

I just wanna feel the cold air on me
It’s more than enough to me happy

I could go forever
Distance is nothing
I think I feel better
Cause my heart is pumping
If your in a four wheel drive
You can fuck off
My cycle
That’s my lane
Movе over
My cycle
That’s my lane
Don’t touch mе

If you’re in a four wheel drive
You can fuck off
I am not your problem
Because I don’t care
Just rain down on me
Can’t you see I’m hi-vis baby

My cycle
That’s my lane
Move over
My cycle
That’s my lane
Don’t touch me
Woo

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