Hitchin' a Ride

Vanity Fair

About Hitchin' a Ride

"Hitchin' a Ride" is a song written by Mitch Murray and Peter Callander issued as a single by the English pop/rock band Vanity Fare in late 1969. It reached number 16 on the UK Singles Chart in February 1970, but was a bigger hit in the United States, reaching number 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 on June 27, 1970. Billboard ranked the record as the number 14 song of 1970. The song is about a young man who is attempting to hitchhike, since he has no money. The song is noted for its two recorders, first heard in the introduction as well as in the sections between the choruses and the verses. The song is also noted for its instrumental middle section, featuring an electric piano, that plays a bass line in repetition, which is accompanied by the piano's upper register, bass, drums, and guitar, which is later heard before the song's fade. The U. S. single edit shortens the ending by eliminating the final repeated lines of "ride, ride" before the song fades out. "Hitchin' a Ride" sold a million copies in the United States alone, and it became a gold record. 


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1997
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A thumb goes up, a car goes by
It's nearly one A.M. and here am I
Hitchin' a ride, hitchin' a ride
Gotta get me home before the morning light

I got no fare to ride a train
I'm nearly drowin' in the pouring rain
Hitchin' a ride, hitchin' a ride
Gotta get me home to my baby's side

Ride, ride, ride, hitchin' a ride
Ride, ride, ride, hitchin' a ride

Long distance call I got today
She sounded lonely so I'm on my way
Hitchin' a ride, hitchin' a ride
Gotta get me home, to keep her satisfied

Ride, ride, ride, hitchin' a ride
Ride, ride, ride, hitchin' a ride

A thumb goes up, a car goes by
Oh, won't somebody stop and help a guy?
Hitchin' a ride, hitchin' a ride
Been away too long from my baby's side

Ride, ride, ride, hitchin' a ride
Ride, ride, ride, hitchin' a ride

Ride, ride
Ride, ride
Ride, ride

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Vanity Fare

Vanity Fare (due to the similarity of the novel and magazine title often misspelled Vanity Fair) were a UK pop/rock group formed in 1966, best remembered for its million-selling song, "Hitchin' a Ride," which became a worldwide hit in 1970. more »

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Written by: MITCH MURRAY, PETER CALLANDER

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