The song “On the Road Again” by Willie Nelson is a great example of the idea of romancing the road. For Nelson, the road means bonding with friends, a nomadic lifestyle, and new experiences. Nelson specifically likens him and his friends on the road to “a band of gypsies”. This implies a certain nomadic lifestyle or a lack of a home. Being with his friends on the road like a band of gypsies, for Nelson seems to imply a lack of normal daily responsibilities. He sings of going places that he’s never been and making music with his friends. These ideas of a lack of responsibilities and new experiences are part of the larger idea of a road trip, which is explored through many movies. This idea that you can find out who you really are by taking a road trip and a break from your daily responsibilities is an idea that is played out quite often in American media. There is some part of this nomadic lifestyle, which for short periods, is very appealing to Americans. I have a tough time figuring out why this idea is so appealing to us, but one explanation may be the fact that Americans work longer hours than people in other parts of the world. Also, many Americans cannot even escape work while at home and often bring their work home with them. This can possibly force Americans to want become homeless and nomadic for some period of time, and take the road with friends or family as an escape from their myriad of everyday responsibilities. Willie Nelson plays out this image beautifully.