Hitch Hike

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"Hitch Hike" is a 1962 song by Marvin Gaye, released on the Tamla label. Another song Gaye co-wrote (this time with Clarence Paul and William "Mickey" Stevenson), this time instead of confessing to being stubborn, the singer is now hitchhiking on the look out for his girl, whom he feels has run so far that he has to travel "around the world" thinking of places she could have found herself at including St. Louis, "Chicago City Limits" and "L. A."The song sparked a brief dance craze when audience members from American Bandstand performed the "hitch hike" dance. Marvin performed the song on the show and also did the move onstage. The dance was also performed during Marvin's performance of the song in the T. A. M. I. Show. The single was successful enough to land Gaye his first top forty pop single in 1963 with "Hitch Hike" reaching number thirty on the pop singles chart while reaching number twelve on the R&B singles chart. Again, like "Stubborn", Martha and the Vandellas accompanied Gaye on this song. Artists including The Sonics, The Rolling Stones, The Mothers of Invention and Alice Cooper covered this song during their early years. 


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I'm goin' to Chicago
That's the last place my baby strayed
Yeah, hitch hike
I'm packin' up my bags
Gonna leave this old town right away
Hitch hike
I've got to find that girl
If I have to hitch hike 'round the world
Hitch hike

Chicago City Limits
That's what the sign on the highway read
Hitch hike
I'm gonna keep movin' till I get to that
Street corner 6th and 3rd
Hitch hike, yeah
I've got to find that girl
If I have to hitch hike 'round the world
Hitch hike, baby

Hitch hike, now hitch a hike
It's all right hitch hike Jenny
Hitch hike, hitch hike
Yeah, hitch hike, hitch hike Jenny

(Hitch hike baby, hitch hike Susan)
(Hitch hike baby, hitch hike Susan)
(Hitch hike baby, hitch hike baby)

I'm goin' to St. Louis
But my next stop just might be L.A.
Now what'd I say
Got no money in my pocket
So I'm gonna have to hitch hike all the way
I've got to find that girl
If I have to hitch hike 'round the world
And what'd I say

Come on, hitch hike
Come hitch hike Jenny
Hitch hike now hitch hike baby
Hitch hike hitch hike baby
Now hitch hike
To the hitch hike

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Marvin Gaye

Marvin Gaye (April 2, 1939 – April 1, 1984), born Marvin Pentz Gay, Jr., was an American singer-songwriter and musician whose career spanned more than two decades. Born and raised in Washington, D.C., he was the son of a storefront minister of a local Pentecostal church sect and grew up singing gospel in church revivals as a young child. Gaye branched out into secular music as a teenager, joining the doo-wop group The Marquees, after returning from an honorable discharge from the United States Air Force, before the group was hired by Harvey Fuqua to be Harvey & The Moonglows. Following the band's separation in 1960, Gaye began working as a session drummer for the Detroit music label, Anna, before signing with Motown Records in 1961, adding an "e" to his s… more »

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