Country Road

James Taylor

About Country Road

"Country Road" is a song written and performed by James Taylor. It appears on his 1970 second album, Sweet Baby James. The song was inspired by Somerset Street in Belmont, Massachusetts, a wooded road running adjacent to the land owned by McLean Hospital, where Taylor had committed himself in 1965 to receive treatment for depression. "Country Road" reached number 37 on the Billboard pop singles chart and number 9 Easy Listening in early 1971. On the Canadian charts, the song was a bigger hit on both the Pop (#19) and Adult Contemporary (#3) charts. "Country Road" is also featured on James Taylor's 1976 Greatest Hits record. The song has been played at most of his concerts since 1970. Randy Meisner, later of The Eagles, played bass on the album version. According to Taylor's friend Danny Kortchmar, "Country Road" captures the restless, anticipatory, vaguely hopeful feeling that plays a large part on James' character and appears in "Carolina in My Mind," "Blossom" and "Sweet Baby James." The road leads away from his ensnaring family: "Mama don't understand it/She wants to know where I've been/I'd have to be some kind of natural-born fool to want to pass that way again." It also takes him away from shattered affairs, prep schools, mental institutions — all manner of traps and bummers. At the end of the road lie freedom and ideal life in Carolina, and "a heavenly band of angels." 


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1970
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Take to the highway, won't you lend me your name?
Your way and my way seem to be one and the same.
Mamma don't understand it, 
She wants to know where I've been.
I'd have to be some kind of natural born fool 
To want to pass that way again,
But I could feel it on a country road.

Sail on home to Jesus, 
Won't you good girls and boys.
I'm all in pieces, you can have your own choice.
But I can hear a heavenly band full of angels 
And they're coming to set me free.
I don't know nothing 'bout the why or when 
But I can tell that it's bound to be,
Because I could feel it, child, yeah, 
On a country road.

I guess my feet know 
Where they want me to go 
Walking on a country road.

Take to the highway, won't you lend me your name?
Your way and my way seem to be one and the same.
Mamma don't understand it, 
She wants to know where I've been.
I'd have to be some kind of natural born fool 
To want to pass that way again,
But I could feel it on a country road.

Walk on down, 
Walk on down, 
Walk on down, 
Walk on down, 
Walk on down a country road.
Na na na na na na na na na na na, 
Country road, yeah, 
Walking on a country road...

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James Taylor

James Vernon Taylor (born March 12, 1948) is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist. A five-time Grammy Award winner, Taylor was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2000. more »

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Written by: JAMES TAYLOR, JAMES V TAYLOR

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10 facts about this song

Album Release
"Country Road" is a popular song from James Taylor's famous album “Sweet Baby James” which was released in 1970.
Chart Success
Upon its release, the song rapidly gained popularity and secured No. 37 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Song's Inspiration
The inspiration behind the song was the countryside in Massachusetts, where Taylor lived at the time. He claimed that the peaceful and quiet surroundings helped him recover from his drug issues, and this influence is reflected in the song.
Live Performances
"Country Road" is one of Taylor's most frequently performed live songs.
Notable Cover
The song has been covered by several artists, the most notable one being the cover by Garth Brooks for the 1991 tribute album, "Two Rooms: Celebrating the Songs of Elton John & Bernie Taupin."
Song Features
The song features a classic folk and acoustic sound, a style James Taylor is highly known for.
Critical Acclaim
The song was praised by the critics and fans alike for its feel-good nature and tranquil melody.
Songwriting Prowess
"Country Road" is considered one of the best demonstrations of Taylor's unique songwriting style.
Use in Media
The song has been featured in various TV shows and movies such as "The West Wing" and “Running on Empty.”
Long standing Impression
More than half a century after its release, "Country Road" remains one of James Taylor's most loved and popular songs.

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