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This is Gregg Allman's signature song, describing how he continues on in the face of obstacles.
Roadie Kim Payne came up with the line "The road goes on forever." He got a songwriting credit for his contribution.
With the help of Kim Payne, who was guarding their equipment, Gregg Allman broke into their Macon recording studio in the middle of the night he wrote this. He wanted to get some tracks down before he forgot.
Gregg Allman used this to open his 1973 solo album Laid Back. It was released as a single and hit US #19.
This song can be heard in the movie Unbreakable when Bruce Willis's character is lifting weights. (thanks, ni - mechanicsburg, PA)
In 2013, this was used by Geico in a commercial for their motorcycle insurance. The spot, titled "Money Man," shows a rider literally made of money cruising while the song plays. The Allman Brother are certainly popular with the biker crowd, but those familiar with the band found the ad in poor taste, as both Duane Allman and Berry Oakley died in motorcycle accidents.
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