Allman Brothers – One Way Out

This is a cover of a blues song sung by  Sonny Boy Williamson. It was reworked to fit the Allman’s style. Duane Allman’s brilliant slide guitar dominates this song along with Gregg’s voice…not to mention Dickey Betts guitar work also.

Recorded during the Fillmore East shows but not released until a year later on Eat a Peach. The album was released after Duane died in a motorcycle accident on October 29, 1971. The album peaked at #4 in 1972 in the Billboard Album Charts.

Elmore James, Sonny Boy Williamson II,  and Marshall Sehorn are credited with writing the song.


From Songfacts

The Allmans recorded this at the Fillmore East in March 1971. It’s a live cut that follows three studio tracks on Eat A Peach.

The song is about a guy who is having an illicit affair with a woman whose husband has apparently come home. He’s starting to wonder if she’s worth the hassle, and one thing is for sure: he’s not going out the front door, since he doesn’t want to meet up with her man.

Duane Allman played his trademark bottleneck slide guitar on this song. It was released after his death on Eat A Peach, which was dedicated to him.

Berry Oakley comes in too early on the bass after the drum solo and messes up Duane’s slide solo. The drummers turn the beat around and cover it smoothly.

One Way Out

Ain’t but one way out baby, Lord I just can’t go out the door
Ain’t but one way out baby, and Lord I just can’t go out the door
‘Cause there’s a man down there, might be your man I don’t know

Lord you got me trapped a woman, up on the second floor
If I get by this time I won’t be trapped no more
So raise your window baby, I can ease out soft and slow
And Lord, your neighbors, no they won’t be
Talking that stuff that they don’t know

Lord, I’m foolish to be here in the first place
I know some man gonna walk in and take my place
Ain’t no way in the world, I’m going out that front door
‘Cause there’s a man down there, might be your man I don’t know
‘Cause there’s a man down there, might be your man I don’t know
‘Cause there’s a man down there and Lord, it might just happen to be your man

Lord, it just might be your man
Lord, it just a might be your man
Oh baby, I just don’t know

Author: Badfinger (Max)

Power Pop fan, Baseball fan, old movie and tv show fan... and a songwriter, bass and guitar player.

16 thoughts on “Allman Brothers – One Way Out”

    1. Around 3 years ago I read Gregg’s autobiography and I really started to listen to them a lot…the playing he did on their stuff…especially live was just unbelievable.


    1. They were so so so tight…I guess I made my point clear with the so’s lol. I get upset when people call them “southern rock”…no…they were way above that. They were jazz and blues. They just happen to be a band that was southern… Ok down off my soapbox.

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      1. I know they know how to jam and with the first rate guitar and keyboard and that jam vibe, I agree it is way beyond regular rock & roll. That’s like that other band I heard on pandora last week and posted their song (forgot their name). They are from Athens, GA.

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      2. A lot of good bands came from Athens. REM, Black Crowes, Drive by Truckers and many more.

        They did know how to jam…some called them the southern Grateful Dead…but the Allmans had a bit more edge to them.

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  1. Athens also produced Guadacanal Diary, B52s, Pylon & sorta Matthew Sweet (he’s from Nebraska but got his career going down there )…great music city, but not conventional ‘ Southern Rock’

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