Canned Heat – On The Road Again

The song peaked at #16 in the Billboard 100, #8 in the UK and #8 in Canada in 1968. This song was on Canned Heat’s album “Boogie with Canned Heat.”Alan Wilson played a tamboura on this song to get the droning effect. Wilson’s falsetto was in the style of Skip James.

On Sept 3. 1970 Alan “Blind Owl” Wilson would die of an overdose. Later in 1981 Bob “The Bear” Hite would also die of an overdose.

 

On The Road Again

Well, I’m so tired of crying
But I’m out on the road again
I’m on the road again
Well, I’m so tired of crying
But I’m out on the road again
I’m on the road again
I ain’t got no woman
Just to call my special friend

You know the first time I traveled
Out in the rain and snow
In the rain and snow
You know the first time I traveled
Out in the rain and snow
In the rain and snow
I didn’t have no payroll
Not even no place to go

And my dear mother left me
When I was quite young
When I was quite young
And my dear mother left me
When I was quite young
When I was quite young
She said “Lord, have mercy
On my wicked son”

Take a hint from me, mama
Please don’t you cry no more
Don’t you cry no more
Take a hint from me, mama
Please don’t you cry no more
Don’t you cry no more
‘Cause it’s soon one morning
Down the road I’m going

But I ain’t going down
That long old lonesome road
All by myself
But I ain’t going down
That long old lonesome road
All by myself
I can’t carry you, baby
Gonna carry somebody else

Author: badfinger20

Guitar, Bass, song writer,

4 thoughts on “Canned Heat – On The Road Again”

    1. Good harder blues band… I think their only other hit was “Lets Work Together” which Hite was singing. I never knew much about them until recently when I started to read about Wilson.

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  1. That is really tragic about Hite also being gone too young. I’m not very much of a blues fan, but I liked Canned Heat’s songs. There was something catchy and upbeat about them, even though they were blues.

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    1. I’m with you…some of the old blues is repetitive. I was going to post another song by them but I wanted to keep it with Wilson singing… “Keep It Together” is really good…it is blues but catchy blues with Hite singing.
      I never knew much about them until recently…their story was interesting and how Wilson helped Son House regain a living.

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