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

Song facts

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

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


Is This What You Want? (Stereo)

LP • Released in 1969

3:58 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Drums, Producer
George Harrison :
Backing vocals, Guitar
Klaus Voormann :
Bass
Pattie Boyd / 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? (Mono)

LP • Released in 1969

3:58 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Drums, Producer
George Harrison :
Backing vocals, Guitar
Klaus Voormann :
Bass
Pattie Boyd / 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

New Day / Thumbin' A Ride

7" Single • Released in 1969

3:58 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Drums, Producer
George Harrison :
Backing vocals, Guitar
Klaus Voormann :
Bass
Pattie Boyd / 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

How The Web Was Woven / Thumbin' A Ride

7" Single • Released in 1970

3:58 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Drums, Producer
George Harrison :
Backing vocals, Guitar
Klaus Voormann :
Bass
Pattie Boyd / 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? (2010 remaster)

Official album • Released in 2010

3:58 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Drums, Producer
George Harrison :
Backing vocals, Guitar
Klaus Voormann :
Bass
Pattie Boyd / 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

Latest concerts where Thumbin' A Ride has been played

Paul McCartney has never played this song in concert.

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