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Thumbin' A Ride

Written by Jerry LeiberMike Stoller

Album This song officially appears on the New Day / Thumbin' A Ride 7" Single.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1969
Timeline This song has been recorded in 1969
Sessions This song has been recorded during the following sessions

Some other unreleased songs from "Run Devil Run" sessions

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Song facts

Thumbin’ A Ride” is a Leiber-Stoller song recorded by The Coasters back in 1960.

Last updated on November 1, 2019

Lyrics

I had myself a day job
Pumpin' gasoline
A dollar a day is all they pay
And I just can't make that scene
That's why I'm thumbin' a ride

Thumbin' a ride, thumbin' a ride
On the road
If I could find some money
I'd straighten out right quick
But every time I get a dime
I spend it on some chick
That's why I'm thumbin' a ride
Thumbin' a ride, thumbin' a ride
On the road
That's why I'm thumbin' a ride
Thumbin' a ride, thumbin' a ride
On the road
I'm walkin' down the highway
Sweatin' like salt pork
I'm puttin' down this country town
'Cause my soul's up in New York
That's why I'm thumbin' a ride
Thumbin' a ride, thumbin' a ride

On the road
Thumbin' a ride, thumbin' a ride
Keep on thumbin' a ride
Thumbin' a ride on the road
Yes, I'm thumbin' a ride
Somebody just gotta get me a lift soon
Ooh, my achin' feet
But I'm gonna make it home soon
I gotta woman waitin'
Ah, keep on thumbin'
Keep on thumbin' a rode

Officially appears on


New Day / Thumbin' A Ride

7" Single • Released in 1969

3:58 • Studio version

Paul McCartney:
Drums, Producer
George Harrison:
Backing vocals, Guitar
Klaus Voorman:
Bass
Pattie Harrison:
Backing vocals
Jackie Lomax:
Vocal
Billy Preston:
Organ, Piano
The Rascals:
Backing vocals

Session Recording:
Mar 11, 1969
Studio:
Apple Studios, 3 Savile Row, London


Is This What You Want?

Official album • Released in 1991

3:56 • Studio version

Live performances

Paul McCartney has never played this song in concert.


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