"Hit the Road Jack" is a rhythm and blues song from the 1960s.
History[change | change source]
Percy Mayfield wrote and sang "Hit the Road, Jack" in 1960.
The song is ranked #377 on the Rolling Stone magazine's list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
Lyrics[change | change 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" or "Hit the road, Jack, and don't come back anymore"
In this context, "hit the road" is an idiom meaning "get lost," as the following words indicate.
Recording Details[change | change 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