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)
 
 
 
 
Bruce and Patti, along with Lisa Lowell, perform with Timepiece (Patti's brother Mike Scialfa's band) at a private party for friends. Bruce mainly played guitar on the five songs listed here, but did provide lead vocals on "Oh, Pretty Woman" , "Born On The Bayou" and "Brown Eyed Girl". Springsteen's first known performance of Stevie Ray Vaughan's "The House Is Rockin'". It is possible other songs were performed, or that the songs were played in a different order.
 
 

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