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On The Road Again by Canned Heat

Album: Boogie With Canned HeatReleased: 1968Charted:
  • This song is based on a simple E/G/A chord progression.
  • Floyd Jones and Alan "Blind Owl" Wilson wrote this song. Wilson played on this a drone instrument, which gave the song a psychedelic feel. Wilson had gained a knowledge of Eastern music after studying the Veena (an Indian stringed instrument) while at UCLA.
  • Kate Meluia covered this song on her 2005 album Piece by Piece. (thanks, Edward Pearce - Ashford, Kent, England, for all above)
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Comments: 4

On November 22nd 1968, Canned Heat were one of the three acts* to play the first of two nights at the Filmore East in New York City...
Earlier in 1968 on August 4th the Los Angeles quintet's "On the Road Again" entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at position #99; seven weeks later on September 22nd it would peak at #16 {for 1 week} and it stayed on the chart for 11 weeks...
The group had four other Top 100 records; "Going Up the Country" {#11 in 1969}, "Time Was" {#67 in 1969}, "Let's Work Together" {#26 in 1970}, and with Little Richard "Rockin' With the King" {#88 in 1972}...
Lead singer Bob 'The Bear' Hite passed away on April 6th, 1981 at the young age of 38...
May he R.I.P.
* The two other acts on the bill were Iron Butterfly and the Youngbloods.
Barry - Sauquoit, Ny
Your lyrics are incorrect. The correct lyrics are:
In the rain and snow
I didn't have no farro
Not even no place to go

Farro is an Italian cereal dish made essentially out of boiled wheat. Not having any farro or no plce to go meant he was homeless
and hungry. Makes a lot more sense that "payphone". Also, if one listens to different versions recorded at different times by the Heat, the words morph from time to time.

The Correct lyrics:
Rod - Salina, Ks
I was hitchhiking around the USA, Canada,
and the far north when I first this track.
I could sure relate.
Craig - San Diego, Ca
I had always thought that Alan Wilson's voice was somewhat reminiscent of Pete Townshend's. I often thought that this would be a great cover song for Pete. Well, lo and behold, he did it on a great 1999 live double CD from the House Of Blues in Chicago. It's called "A Benefit For Maryville Academy." Check it out. The excellent version of "On The Road Again" was not the only fine track on this release.Stu - New York, Ny