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Well, I heard it on the highway like the holy word of G-d

It was so loud and clear I had to pull over, I was so awed

Well, I heard it on the highway and I couldn’t resist the push

It was just like a commandment from heaven, like the voice in the burning bush

Well, shake, rattle, and roll down the Garden State

Down Routes 35, 71, and 88

Even if we’ll just run round in circles cursed by fate

We’ll capture all the views now ‘cause we may never be here again

I heard it on the highway, it was the greatest song in history

It had a rhythm and melody all its own but the lyrics, they were a mystery

It was the sound of the rock’n’roll heart and it was beating in full blues time

It said, Go down to the ocean and make the music of your mind

Well, I saw it from the highway

Risin’ on the horizon like Mt Sinai in flames

Like a fiddler on the roof down on the Parkway

Singin’ out that tune and calling my name

It was handed to me by the seaside

White hot and written in stone

Full power forward and full speed ahead

No stopping now that you’re on your own

It was the day I graduated

when I came back in touch with the calling

It was there where fifteen bands were playing

Paying respect to the one who had fallen

It was just as the all-star open jam was ending

The sound of drums boomed from way up high

There were ten bolts of lightning, one for each Word

crashing through the mist-choked sky

I heard an organ scream through a Leslie

But none on Earth ever sounded so great

I looked up to heaven, I thought I saw the moon

But I knew I was staring clear through the gates

I kicked off my shoes, I fell down on my knees

I bowed face down into the sand

But he didn’t want none of that false formality

She just wanted me to reach out my hand

Well, I heard it on the highway …

©2017, 2022 The Hesh Inc.
Heard It on the Highway
And this is the highway I heard it on.

This track is about hearing the greatest rock'n'roll song on the radio. I wrote it in 1989 or thereabouts, when I was living in Boston and making the five-hour trip to the Jersey Shore whenever I could take the opportunity. The music came to me along the last leg of the journey, when I was cruising down the Garden State Parkway in the wee hours immediately before reaching my destination.

Is it right to list here where I pilfered the music from? Why not. Try to imagine "Jungleland" played in a minor key, filtered through "Born To Be Wild," and then taking the exit ramp and going through the local roads with the second half of "Layla" playing, until the music deposits you at the beach just as the sun is coming up.

Its earliest version, keyboards and voice only, was released on the first Soul In Exile album in 1999, and the full-band version on Soul In Exile 3: Love Runs Aground in 2017. This remixed and remastered version appears on Soul In Exile Redux, released on January 28, 2022.

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