Ridin' My Thumb to Mexico

Johnny Rodriguez

About Ridin' My Thumb to Mexico

"Ridin' My Thumb to Mexico" is a song written and recorded by American country music artist Johnny Rodriguez. It was released in August 1973 as the first single from the album All I Ever Meant to Do Is Sing. "Ridin' My Thumb to Mexico" was Rodriguez's second number one on the U. S. country singles chart. The single stayed at number one for two weeks and spent a total of thirteen weeks on the charts.


Year:
2000
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This old highway seems so lonesome
When you're going where you've been
And a lonesome song can make you cry
Time and time again

By listenin' to a friend of mine
Ten years ago today
I'd have a better job
Than what I've got today

But the billboards on the highway
And the brake lights on the cars
Make me jump out on the highway
With my bag and my guitar

If she comes or if she goes
It doesn't matter anymore
Cause I'm ridin' my thumb to Mexico

Ridin' my thumb to Mexico
It don't matter when or how I go
I'll ride this thumb 'til I see her again
So I'm ridin' my thumb to Mexico

Well, the reason why she left me's
Not the reason that I'm here
I'm a travelin' kind of man
Just need a change of atmosphere

If there's any place I haven't been
At all that's where I'll go
So I'm ridin' my thumb to Mexico

Ridin' my thumb to Mexico
It don't matter when or how I go
I'll ride this thumb 'til I see her again
So I'm ridin' my thumb to Mexico

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Johnny Rodriguez

Johnny Rodriguez (born December 10, 1951 in Sabinal, Texas) is an American country music singer. He was the first famous Latin American country music singer, infusing his music with Latin sounds, and even singing verses of songs in Spanish. more »

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Written by: JOHNNY RODRIGUEZ

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10 facts about this song

Song Origin
"Ridin' My Thumb to Mexico" is a country music song written by the iconic songwriter Norro Wilson.
Artist Performance
The song was performed by the American country singer Johnny Rodriguez, who is of Mexican descent, thus bringing a unique blend of American and Mexican culture to his music.
Album Placement
"Ridin' My Thumb to Mexico" is a track from the album "All I Ever Meant to Do Was Sing" released in 1973.
Chart Performance
It also served as the album's second single and soared to number two spot on the U.S. country singles charts.
Song Theme
The song's lyrics tell a story of a man hitchhiking his way to Mexico after a heartbreaking break-up, offering a true example of traditional story-telling in country music.
Covers
Over the years, "Ridin' My Thumb to Mexico" has been covered by several other artists, exhibiting its influence and popularity in the country music genre. Artists like Kenny Chesney and Willie Nelson have given their renditions of the song.
Career Impact
Johnny Rodriguez's performance of this song is considered one among his major hits, contributing greatly to his successful career in country music which led to his induction into the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame in 2007.
Songwriting Style
Norro Wilson, the songwriter, is renowned for his ability to convey a vivid story through his lyrics, which is highly evident in "Ridin' My Thumb to Mexico".
Continual Popularity
Despite being decades old, "Ridin' My Thumb to Mexico" continues to receive airtime on country radio stations and is often included in playlists and compilations.
Prominent in Performance
Johnny Rodriguez frequently performed this song in his live sets, owing to its popularity and the enthusiastic response it inevitably got from audiences.

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