Hit the Road, Jack

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"Hit the Road Jack" is a rhythm and blues song from the 1960s.

History[change | edit source]

Percy Mayfield wrote and sang "Hit the Road, Jack" in 1960.

Ray Charles made the song famous. Ray Charles's song was number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in fall of 1961.

The song is ranked #377 on the Rolling Stone magazine's list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

Lyrics[change | edit source]

The chorus of the song is:

Hit the road, Jack, and don't you come back no more, no more, no more, no more.
Hit the road, Jack, and don't you come back no more.

The words of this song are not standard English. In standard English, the words could be "Hit the road, Jack, and don't come back again"

"Hit the road" is an idiom. It means "Immediately start on a journey". For example, a parent could say "Everyone into the car; let's hit the road! We don't want to be late to Grandma's house"

Recording Details[change | edit source]

For the most popular recording

  • Title: "Hit the Road Jack"
  • Artist: Single by Ray Charles
  • B-side: "The Danger Zone"
  • Released: September 1961
  • Format: 7", 45rpm
  • Genre: R&B
  • Length: 2:00
  • Label: ABC
  • Writer(s): Percy Mayfield