Odetta didn't even write or play this song. She played a song called Easy Rider, not, the Ballad of Easy Rider. These lyrics have nothing to do with Odetta' s blues hit, which, in my opinion is far better than this boring tune. Odetta s song Easy Rider was not in any way tied to the movie either. This is a huge mis conception and many keep making this mistake all over the web. Shortcutters!