is originally a Southern
term for a prostitute
's live-in boyfriend
, who doesn't have to pay for her professional quality sexual
favors. He's got an easy ride, get it
Co-writer Terry Southern came up with the title, but Peter Fonda took it a step further in a 1969 interview:
'Easy Rider' is a southern term for a whore's old man, not a pimp, but the dude who lives with a chick. Because he's got the easy ride. Well, that's what's happened to America, man. Liberty's become a whore, and we're all taking an easy ride.