Charlie Segar - KEY TO THE HIGHWAY

First performance: 23/10/1971


Coverinfo

"Key to the highway" is known to have been performed at least twice in Bruce Springsteen's early years. Very little is known about shows from this early period, and therefore, the song must have been played on some more dates. 
 
1971-10-23 - KELLER HALL GYMNASIUM, UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND, RICHMOND, VA (The Bruce Springsteen Band)
 
1971-12-03 - STUDENT PRINCE, ASBURY PARK, NJ (The Bruce Springsteen Band)
 
2015-08-01 - WONDER BAR, ASBURY PARK, NJ (Timepiece)
was performed off-tour during a private party for friends of Bruce Springsteen and Patti Scialfa. The couple performed a seven-song set with Timepiece, a local band of which Patti Scialfa's brother Michael is a member. Springsteen played guitar on key to the highway.
 

Songinfo

"Key to the Highway" is a blues standard that has been performed and recorded by several blues and other artists. Blues pianist Charlie Segar first recorded the song in 1940.
 
 
 

Bruce on the artist

Lyrics

I got the key to the highway, I'm raring to go
I got the key to the highway, I'm raring to go
'Cause I'm gonna leave here running, walking's most too slow

I'm going back to the border where I'm better known
I'm going back to the border where I'm better known
'Cause you ain't doing nothing but driving a good man away from home

Give me one more kiss, mama, one more kiss before I go
Give me one more kiss, babe, just before I go
I'm gonna leave here, ain't coming home no more

When the moon creeps over the mountain, I'll be on my merry way
When the moon creeps over the mountain, I'll be on my merry way
I'm going to walk the highway until the break of day

So long baby, I must say goodbye
So long, so long baby, I must say goodbye
I'm gonna roam the highway until the day I die