Are You Gonna Go My Way

Album: Are You Gonna Go My Way (1993)
Charted: 4
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  • I was born long ago
    I am the chosen I'm the one
    I have come to save the day
    And I won't leave until I'm done

    So that's why you've got to try
    You got to breath and have some fun
    Though I'm not paid I play this game
    And I won't stop until I'm done

    But what I really want to know is
    Are you gonna go my way?
    And I got to got to know

    I don't know why we always cry
    This we must leave and get undone
    We must engage and rearrange
    And turn this planet back to one

    So tell me why we got to die
    And kill each other one by one
    We've got to love and rub-a-dub
    We've got to dance and be in love

    But what I really want to know is
    Are you gonna go my way?
    And I got to got to know

    Are you gonna go my way?
    'Cause baby I got to know
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Comments: 17

  • Luke from London, UkI remember late '92 or early '93, this was getting so much airplay. And the inevitable Hendrix comparisons. Sure he may have been influenced by Jimi, but aren't most rock guitarists? I played this single to death.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn April 17th 1993, Lenny Kravitz performed "Are You Gonna Go My Way" on the NBC-TV program 'Saturday Night Live'...
    Two months later on June 6th, 1993 it peaked at #1 (for 2 weeks) on Billboard's Mainstream Rock chart...
    And on April 3rd, 1993 it also reached #1 (for 6 weeks) on the Australian ARIA Top Singles chart.
  • Marcus from Columbia, MoIf anyone noticed in the video, he doesn't even play his own solo. And I don't know if this happens in all of his songs but Hendrix obviously played all of his solos. So stop comparing the two.
  • Louis Rodriguez from Lancaster, CaLenny is the son of Roxie Roker and Seymour "Sy" Kravitz. Roxie played Helen Willis on the The Jeffersons for 11 seasons. His dad was an american film maker and NBC news producer. She was also cousin to Al Roker a television news personality.
  • Oldpink from New Castle, InFabulous song, and definitely my favorite from Lenny.
    The video for it is simple, but has a nice visual of rotating lights on the ceiling.
    Lenny was most definitely paying homage to Hendrix on this one, especially with that final bit of echo on his guitar for the last notes.
    Way to go on this one, Lenny.
  • Allie from A Little Ol' Town In, MiThe guitar is awesome, but i don't really listen to Kravitz that much, Jimi is waaaaayyy better, he puts more feeling into his guitar!
  • Carlospassage from Cali-colombia, South AmericaLenny se atrevio a emular a Hendryx. Le fue bien. Se agarro como un gato desesperado a la guitarra, se ahogo en su propio sueño y lo consiguio. Fue la primera cancion que pusimos con Mario en el lanzamiento de la emisora SUPERESTACION fm 100.5 en Cali, Colombia.
  • Johnny from Los Angeles, CaWhen I first heard this on the radio, I thought "wait a minute, I've never heard this Hendrix song before!" I figured out that it was lenny kravitz and was stunned. The music artist that I am most embaressed to say I like is probably lenny.
  • Daniel from Northern Ireland, United StatesThis song is lame for one reason and one reason only.
    Listen to Easy Rider By Jimi Hendrix, he has just stole a riff from the bridge of the song.
  • Brian from Fairborn, OhThis song was on the video game "GRAN TURISMO 3"
  • Evan from Flower Mound, Txi agree with dino...kravitz is not the next hendrix, there will probably never be another hendrix, but nevertheless the riff is cool
  • Julian from Anaheim, CaThis is one of my favorite songs by Lenny. I am seeing him and Aerosmith in Febuary. It was my christmas present.
  • Brad from Indianapolis, InEverything is derivative of something before it. Why does Lenny get so much heat for it?

    Lenny has written some beautiful lyrics, and set them to some compelling music, and those songs have helped me in my life. That is enough for him to earn my admiration.
  • Matt from Millbrae, CaMetallica did a brief 45 second version of this at the 2003 VMA's...they also played Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana, Seven Nation Army by the White Stripes, and Beat It by Jacko.
  • Mike from Lake Hopatcong, NjLenny in fact did not get his start in show business even though he did do a Burger King commercial that showed him biting into a burger. He left home at the age of 15 and lived in a Ford Pinto for $5 a day. When he went to record companies with his demo, they either said his music was not black enough or not white enough. Meanwhile, as his critics continue to say he's a fad, rip off, phoney and countless other remarks. However, 16 years and 4 grammy awards later, he's still going strong. Unlike countless groups that were around when he started. It just goes to show you that his critics know nothing and they probably can't name many artists who have had their albums go platinum or gold in 31 countries around the world and write, produce and play all the intruments on their albums. Like him or not, he must be doing something right.
  • Dino from Athens, Greecei dont like kravitz, but the riff is cool
  • Eddie from Lachine, Mi Kravitz at this point in his career was being forced to milk the fact that he was the only really commercial succesful black guitarist since Hendrix. His tone is resemblant of Jimi's, but Lenny has no soul. It is worth pointing out that Kravitz is a pop-culture-slave-type artist that got his start in show business at a very young age(earlier than 7) in a Burger King commercial.
    But yes, the song is about direction of free-will and the choices humanity makes.
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