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Hitchhiker

©2006 Sandra L. Reay

Colorado Sandstorm Music, B.M.I.

 
1.
The sun in my eyes, cold wind in my hair
  With a sign that just said "please"
  Watching couples in sports cars go racing by
  And families in S.U.V.s
   
chorus I was a Hitchhiker on love's highway
  Didn't know which way to go
  Until you cruised by in your four-wheel-drive
  Found me standing by the road
   
2.
You saw me and stopped, we talked for a while
  I jumped in and said "Let's go"
  Pedal to the metal, no looking back
  Doing 90 down a one-way road
 
chorus
 
bridge Eyes on each other, blind to the signs
  Seems like I never learn
  No flashing lights. No siren song.
  Not long till we crashed and burned
 
chorus Now I'm a Hitchhiker on love's highway
  Didn't know how far we'd go
  When you cruised by in your four-wheel-drive
  Found me standing by the road
 
coda
Oh, you cruised by in your four-wheel-drive
  Left me standing by the road
 

Sandy met John Stewart in Sept. 2006, and told him that she stole a line from him for a song she'd just written.

With a twinkle in his eye, he smiled and patted her shoulder, then said, "You better have a good lawyer."

She said, "I didn't take the line from one of your songs. I took it from your introduction to 'July, You're a Woman.' It was on a live concert recording."

He said, "Well, then, that's okay. Tell me about the song."

She said, "It's called 'Hitchhiker,' and starts 'Sun in my eyes, cold wind in my hair / With a sign that just said please.'"

He interrupted and said, "That's a great line. That's a wonderful line! This is a great song because it has such a great line in it!"

She said, "Yes, I know. I stole it from you."

 
Hitchhiker
Full-length Demo / Rough
 
 
Samples from Production Versions:
 
I Wanted to Fly - Sandy Reay & Friends
I Wanted to Fly CD
661 K
Sandy Reay & Friends: I Wanted to Fly
 
Colorado Bluegrass Music Society 2009 Compilation CD
Colorado Bluegrass Music Society 2009 Compilation CD
661 K
 
Live at Swallow Hill -
Rocky Mountain Jewgrass
Shalom Feivel and Rocky Mountain Jewgrass - Live at Swallow Hill CD
527 K
  • Sandy Reay: lead vocal, upright bass
  • Saul Rosenthal: guitar, harmony vocal
  • Ben Cohen: banjo, harmony vocal
  • Gail deVore: fiddle
 
Sandy Reay - Three For the Road Demo CD
481 K
 
 
Award:
 

John Stewart, B.J. Suter and Christy Wessler contributed to the lyrics. Ernie Martinez arranged the song and changed the third verse into the bridge.

 
  • Hitchhiker was featured in concert at the Coconino Arts Center in Flagstaff, Jan. 10, and in concert at the Tempe Center for the Arts, Jan 11, during the Rocky Mountain Jewgrass 2009 CD-release Arizona tour.
  • Hitchhiker was performed Nov. 1, 2008, at a CD recording concert by Rocky Mountain Jewgrass at Swallow Hill Music Association.
 

"I was hanging out at the car dealership, in 2001, watching them rearrange the 4-wheel-drives in the showroom. I came out of there with the chorus. From time to time I worked on it, but couldn't come up with verses. In summer, 2005, I sang the chorus to a couple of band mates who both offered to write the verses. In spring, 2006, a third band mate said, 'Just write the verses yourself!' so I did." — San

     
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