Ray Charles - HIT THE ROAD JACK

First performance: 19/05/1977


Coverinfo

Not sure if Bruce performed the song but worth mentioning it :  
 
1977-05-19 - THE STONE PONY, ASBURY PARK, NJ

Springsteen turns up on a quiet night (only about twenty to thirty patrons!) and ends up playing with Bob Campanell's band The Shakes, who were a house band at the club at the time. Billy Smith has commented to Brucebase, "Springsteen was sitting at the bar alone and Campanell asked from the stage if he would like to play… Bruce smiled, put down his beer, walked across the empty dance floor and put on Bob's red guitar… he did "Jailhouse Rock" with all the Elvis moves, and "Sea Cruise" as well". Springsteen may have also performed during a third song in The Shakes set ("Hit The Road, Jack"), although memories are a bit hazy on this point.
 
 
 
 

Songinfo

"Hit the Road Jack" is a song written by the rhythm and blues artist Percy Mayfield and first recorded in 1960 as an a cappella demo sent to Art Rupe. It became famous after it was recorded by the singer-songwriter-pianist Ray Charles with The Raelettes vocalist Margie Hendrix. "Hit the Road Jack" won a Grammy award for Best Rhythm and Blues Recording. 
 
 
 

Other cover versions

Bruce on the artist

Lyrics

What you say?
[Hit the road JackAnd don't you come back no more, no more, no more, no more.Hit the road JackAnd don't you come back no more.]
Woah Woman, oh woman, don't treat me so mean
You're the meanest old woman that I've ever seen
I guess if you said so
I'd have to pack my things and go
[That's right!]
What you say?
[Hit the road JackAnd don't you come back no more, no more, no more, no more.Hit the road JackAnd don't you come back no more.]
Now baby, listen baby, don't ya treat me this-a way
'Cause I'll be back on my feet some day
[Don't care if you do 'cause it's understoodYou ain't got no money, you just ain't no good]
Well, I guess if you say so
I'd have to pack my things and go
[That's right!]
What you say?
[Hit the road JackAnd don't you come back no more, no more, no more, no more.Hit the road JackAnd don't you come back no more.]
Well
[don't you come back no more.]
Uh, what you say?
[don't you come back no more.]
I didn't understand you
[don't you come back no more.]
You can't mean that
[And don't you come back no more.]
Oh, now baby, please
[don't you come back no more.]
What you tryin' to do to me?
[don't you come back no more.]
Oh, don't treat me like that
[don't you come back no more.]