Home Music Articles Forums Blog Chat More...      

HITTIN' THE ROAD (Richard/Dadai/Smith/Jiguma)


Get Flash to see this player.

Description
Jack:
I came up with the chords and melody about three years ago. When Rich pulled up stakes at MJ (of course he returned... heheh), I decided to pull out the song sketch and write some lyrics to capture something of what I thought was going on for him. Rich then added some more lyrics, including those in the bridge, and then Warren jumped in with some lines that became verse 5. This is a song for Richard (he makes it his own with his energy and vocals for sure)... kind of his song, his time. that being said, it's a song for anyone who has yearned to break loose from the past and chart a new course.

And special thanks to the Neil "jiguma" Porter for sitting in with his bass guitar. It was worth the cost of the round trip airfare to have him with us in studio... ;) , even if he did charge extra for the modulation. ;) ;)

Jack: music, lyrics, vocals, rhythm guitar
Richard: lyrics, vocals, harmonica, percussion (loops), mixing
Warren Smith: lyrics, solo guitar
Neil Porter: bass guitar
©2008 Jack Miller and Richard Schletty
Leave a Comment
You must be registered and logged-in to comment.
Lyrics
Hittin' the Road

v1 - Jack:
I'm packing my bags, grabbing my hat. I'm hitting the road.
I'm leaving behind my second thoughts. I'm dropping the load.
Got my guitar. I've got my songs. Ready to roll.
I'm Hitting the Road!

v2 - Rich:
Some say think twice, better get back, wouldn't be right.
Just dream a dream but don't step out, stay out of sight.
I'm telling you now I'm making my way, shining a light.
I'm Hitting the Road!

[bridge]

Jack & Rich:
Comes a time to grab the wheel,
turn the key, make it start.
My timing's set, this moment's real.
A new song straight from my heart!

[Instrumental]

v3 - Rich:
I'm taking a chance, spinning the wheel, throwing the dice.
I'm telling a tale, prayin' a prayer, makin' it nice.
I'm gettin' in tune, thinking it once, singing it twice.
I'm hittin' the road!

[bridge] – Jack & Rich

v4 - Jack:
I'm gearing it up, rarin' to go, reading the signs.
No stick in the mud, no rock in the road gonna break my spine.
I'm takin' the highway, doing it my way, draggin' the line.
I'm hittin' the road! .... (Modulation to Key of E)

v5 - Rich:
I'm chasing rainbows, following dreams, I'm going for broke
Some rain might fall, four winds may blow, that ain't no joke
Oh, can't you see, I gotta be free, that's why for me
I'm hitting the road!

© 2008 J. Miller/R. Schletty/W. Smith
Song Stats
Hits: 3490
Comments: 33
Fans: 22
Plays: 155
Downloads: 140
Votes: 8
Uploaded: Jun 01, 2008 - 11:10:50 AM
Last Updated: Jun 02, 2008 - 12:25:19 AM Last Played: Mar 21, 2017 - 11:18:42 AM
Song License
Creative Commons License:
Attribution-NoDerivs-NonCommercial

Creative Commons

Song Actions
share on facebook share on twitter download song
Hardware:
Richard’s stuff: Logic Express 7.2, Mbox, Audiotechnica 3035 mic, 500 MHz PowerPC G4/1 GB SDRAM, Hohner harmonicas

Jack’s stuff: Applause/Ovation AE 148-5 guitar, Shure M57, M-Audio MobilePre, MacBook

Warren’s stuff: Aria Pro III guitar, Mac G5 computer, iPhone

Neil’s stuff: Fender Precision bass direct into my Behringer UB802 mixer/pre, Logic Express 7.1 and Ozone 3.

Software:
Logic Express 7.2, GarageBand 4
Comments
kassia said 3283 days ago (June 1st, 2008)
The Road
Oh this is awesome! Very, very fun. Wonderful lyrics. Everyone sounds amazing. Sounds like you guys had alot of fun doing this. It's a great combination of talent and a wonderful collab! What a tune! Had me smiling the whole time.
Check out my latest song called Greensleeves
said 3282 days ago (June 1st, 2008)
a lot of fun...
a little bit of talent (mainly everyone else), a bunch of fun, and the right moment. Go figure...
Kassia, thanks!
said 3283 days ago (June 1st, 2008)
Great!
A great collaboration and a wonderful combo we have here. Top notch performance by all, kudos for the work... Can I ask for more please?

Take Care
- Yeman A. Al-Rawi
said 3283 days ago (June 1st, 2008)
Hittin' the Road
Thanks so much, Yeman. Glad you like it.
magnatone said 3283 days ago (June 1st, 2008)
Hittin' The Road
what a great tune! Thanks for the detailed description of how it came to be, and who's doing what (with whom). Wonderful collab - thanks guys!
Check out my latest song called Hallelujah (Leonard Cohen) and Variations
said 3283 days ago (June 1st, 2008)
Sweat and laughter
Jack's gift to my arsenal of aspiration is very gracious. This song does mean a lot to me. Warren and Jack are two of my biggest fans and confidants regarding my musical passions. They understand %u2013 their lyrics are spot on.

"Hitting the road" is not a practical option for any of us, but we sing and play our hearts out, anyway, from the comfort of our own homes. I love singing both lead and harmonies. And that is my mean harmonica in there! My Dad gave me one harmonica lesson when I was about 12.
said 3283 days ago (June 1st, 2008)
Oops
%u2013 is not vulgarity -- it was supposed to be a dash. Simon never did fix the handling of special characters.

Ha, there's lots of "special characters" here at MacJams!
Moviz said 3283 days ago (June 1st, 2008)
Great
all round. Love the rhythm, vocals and the harmonies are brilliant and the lyrics too are great , good sound and mix. Excellent collab'. cheers M
Check out my latest song called Angels
Feter said 3283 days ago (June 1st, 2008)
HITTIN' THE ROAD
what a cool band ...awesome vocal Jack & Richy ..nice
backin ..the harp works so fine ..wonderfull answers
from the guitar ..solid boomin bass as always Neil !
this is just a uplifted charmin gem bros thnx alot
for sharin !!!!
Check out my latest song called Roll with it
Warren Smith said 3282 days ago (June 2nd, 2008)
questions & answers
Ha-ha-hah - the guitar leads seemed to bring up more questions than answers, which perhaps is natural in an online collaboration - but thanks for mentioning it, just the same : >

Rich did a fantastic job of taking the various leads I sent in ... and mixing them into the soundtrack in surprising ways. Very innovative.
Check out my latest song called Brand New Day
craighalkett said 3283 days ago (June 1st, 2008)
Wonderful
really enjoyed this really well done thanx 4 sharing cheers Craig
Check out my latest song called Working Man
davisamerica2 said 3282 days ago (June 1st, 2008)
Beautiful blend of talent
You guys work great together. This was smooth, and very enjoyable! Thanks for sharing. Terry
Check out my latest song called Road to Yourself/with Abandon Style
said 3282 days ago (June 1st, 2008)
Yep....
We were all just traveling down old Route 66... and then the inspiration hit us... the rest is history! LOL I love that artist pic of yours. On behalf of the members of the band (spoken with a faux British accent) ... we hope we passed the audition!

;)
Vic Holman said 3282 days ago (June 1st, 2008)
super collab
this has road song written all over it. very nicely done!
Check out my latest song called Strawberry Fields
said 3282 days ago (June 1st, 2008)
boy,,,
,,, Vic, you really missed it here... This is an intimate parlor song of unrequited love... so cruel and painful, yet so beautiful and illuminating... and ... and....

Ok, I'm out of here..... ;)
digitalnirvana9 said 3282 days ago (June 1st, 2008)
Bound for Glory!
Woody would be proud of you guys. Great performances, Catchy song, and wonderful vocals. What more could one ask for? Thanks for the download too.....Peace, Norman
Check out my latest song called Blues in the Night 2.0
jiguma said 3282 days ago (June 1st, 2008)
Thanks Jack
Sorry I had to get off the bus slightly early here. Nice final sound - good work everyone!

Just for the record: Fender Precision bass direct into my Behringer UB802 mixer/pre, Logic Express 7.1 and Ozone 3.

Came up well Jack.
Neil
Check out my latest song called Dead Man Walking
said 3282 days ago (June 2nd, 2008)
Wow!
Better than the Goodwillys! Ha ha...

You guys should stick together for several more tunes and give yourselves a cool name!

Love it!

Be well gents!
said 3282 days ago (June 2nd, 2008)
The Frigidaires!
Now there is a cool name... what do you think? heheh.

You got me smiling there Mike. Thanks for listening to your fellow oldies.

Jack
said 3280 days ago (June 4th, 2008)
Band names
The Lifters
The Thrombones
Old Beaters
Capstan Drivel
The Roadmen
Supper's Ready
Grandeloquents
Pontius Pilots
Firing On All Four
Thirty Years Late
Born to Be Tentative
The Benchmarks
The Thrusters
Arterial Joy
Men Having Serious Fun
Bilge Pumps
What Me Worry
Torque Bars
Minstrel Psychos
The Shifters
The Running Boards
The Fins
The Internet Trust
Jack's Sprats
The Playmen
The Dipsticks
The Ultradrives
Grab the Wheel
The Coils
Blow That Carbon Out
The Tools
Hindsight
What Could Have Been
The Load
said 3280 days ago (June 4th, 2008)
More
The Bounders
The Warren Commission
The Jacksmiths
Walk Like Men
The Coastal Blocks
The Ointments
Overdriven
Rubidium Collective
The Magnetos
Slip and the Sliders
Drip and the Grinders
Hearth
Comfort Zone
Imperium
Colossus of Roads
jiguma said 3279 days ago (June 5th, 2008)
What about ..
.. "4 Wheel Jive"?
B)
Check out my latest song called Dead Man Walking
gail60 said 3282 days ago (June 2nd, 2008)
how fun is that??
You guys did a wonderful job! Full of life and fun and lots of happy thoughts. Great song, well sung and played. Please let me know when the first tour starts so I can see the excitement firsthand!! Great collab!
Check out my latest song called Ed - Forever in our hearts
said 3282 days ago (June 2nd, 2008)
Tour d'farce
Yeah, we'll let you know when we hit the circuit. Thanks for being a member of our road team. Pump up the dream!
EEFliess said 3282 days ago (June 2nd, 2008)
Hittin' the Road
Jerry Garcia, alava sholom, would be VERY pleased with this!!!
Check out my latest song called Here We Go Again (2016 Extended) (…again)
said 3282 days ago (June 2nd, 2008)
Very nice.
Very nice listen enjoyed, very much all the music, and the great singing.

Love the harp. Well done guys.

Peace Dee.
davisamerica said 3279 days ago (June 5th, 2008)
rev it up now
pretty nice powerhouse performance gents ... this is a keeper!
Check out my latest song called empathy
Outtaorbit said 3279 days ago (June 5th, 2008)
i really
like this, thanks
Check out my latest song called My Last Great Depression
caroline said 3243 days ago (July 11th, 2008)
nice one - thank you
and into itunes it goes - and ty eddie for sending me over x
Check out my latest song called i'm a reunion maid MJRF 2010
Char said 3222 days ago (July 31st, 2008)
Band Names
Via Grass
Pasta Primes
Elder Statesmen
LOL! Thanks, guys.




Check out my latest song called When Loving Is One-sided, Music by Bob Rodgers
Roxylee said 3222 days ago (August 1st, 2008)
Wow, guys
When are you coming to play at a club near me? This is great! Sounds like you all had a great time doing this one. I love the instrumentation, the singing, the arrangement- everything sounds great. I'm downloading this to put on a road songs collection. Now if only the price of gas would go down so a road trip could be possible.
Check out my latest song called Emma, by davisamerica
jdholliday said 2604 days ago (April 11th, 2010)
Excellent
song and colab, i hear the Beatle's here?
Check out my latest song called Please Help, Pride of NYC needs tracks!
alackbass said 2604 days ago (April 11th, 2010)
Nice Collab
I especially like the bridge. Nice bright catchy pop.
Check out my latest song called Mean Miss Teacher
Artist Info
artist photo
Name: Jack Miller & Richard Schletty
Location: somewhere over the rainbow United States
send a note
Jack Miller aka Dadai (songs) is just Drifting Today. Also HERE Then again, maybe he's just got those Move Along Blues Richard Schletty is seeking The Joy of Grace. Also see our Postludes Trio Project... [see more]

Check out some of my other songs:

Genre Info
Folk-rock is a musical genre, combining elements of folk music and rock music. In the original and narrowest sense, the term referred to a genre that arose in the United States and Canada around the mid-1960s. The sound was epitomized by tight vocal

More songs in Folk-Rock:

Chat
Who's Online
Invisible Members: 1
Visitors: 92