Song Lyric Sunday — Hit the Road Jack

For this week’s Song Lyric Sunday theme, Jim Adams has given us the names Jack and John. The obvious choice for me was to go with the Ray Charles classic, “Hit the Road Jack.”

“Hit the Road Jack” was written by Ray Charles’ good friend Percy Mayfield, an R&B singer who was badly disfigured in a car accident soon after he started performing. Mayfield cut back his touring and made his mark as a prolific songwriter, with many of his compositions performed by Charles.

The Ray Charles recording of “Hit the Road Jack” hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in October 1961, and won a Grammy award for Best Rhythm and Blues Recording.

The song is about a woman telling her man that he’s got to leave. She knows she’s stuck with someone who isn’t worth holding onto, and she’s kicking him out. The guy begs and pleads for another chance, but he knows it’s hopeless.

The singers playing the woman’s role in the recording are Charles’ backup group, the Raelettes, with lead singer Margie Hendrix.

Here are the lyrics to the song.

Hit the road Jack and don’t you come back
No more, no more, no more, no more
Hit the road Jack and don’t you come back
No more
What’d you say?

Hit the road Jack and don’t you come back
No more, no more, no more, no more
Hit the road Jack and don’t you come back
No more

Oh woman, oh woman, don’t treat me so mean
You’re the meanest old woman that I’ve ever have seen
I guess if you say so
I’ll have to pack my things and go (that’s right)

Hit the road Jack and don’t you come back
No more, no more, no more, no more
Hit the road Jack and don’t you come back
No more
What’d you say?

Hit the road Jack and don’t you come back
No more, no more, no more, no more
Hit the road Jack and don’t you come back
No more

Now baby, listen baby, don’t you treat me this way
‘Cause I’ll be back on my feet some day
Don’t care if you do, ’cause it’s understood
You ain’t got no money, you just ain’t no good
Well, I guess if you say so
I’ll have to pack my things and go (that’s right)

Hit the road Jack and don’t you come back
No more, no more, no more, no more
Hit the road Jack and don’t you come back
No more
What’d you say?

Hit the road Jack and don’t you come back
No more, no more, no more, no more
Hit the road Jack and 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 (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, baby (don’t you come back no more)

20 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday — Hit the Road Jack

  1. CARAMEL June 14, 2020 / 3:35 am

    This was the first song that came to my mind too…but how could I choose it when I love my Jack??? He would not have like that at all.

    Liked by 3 people

  2. J-Dub June 14, 2020 / 6:42 am

    I copied you but not on purpose. I always post then read. Great choice if I do say so myself. Lol

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Paula Light June 14, 2020 / 7:26 am

    I wanted to do “Abraham, Martin and John,” but I thought you’d choose it! 🤣

    Liked by 1 person

    • Fandango June 14, 2020 / 8:38 am

      I did at first, but then I decided that it was too sad, so I went with a lighter theme of a woman telling her significant other to hit the road. 😏

      Liked by 1 person

  4. aisasami June 14, 2020 / 7:37 am

    Such a classic song, thanks for picking it!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. newepicauthor June 14, 2020 / 7:59 am

    I was hoping that somebody would use this song today. Margie Hendrix had Ray Charles’ baby.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Lisa Coleman June 14, 2020 / 5:14 pm

    This was the first song I thought of. So glad you shared it with us today! Ray was “The Man”! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  7. msjadeli June 14, 2020 / 8:32 pm

    The title has become common useage in our language! Good choice, Fandango.

    Liked by 1 person

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