What's Wrong With "On the Road Again?"

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    It's not really my style of music but I've always liked to sing it, and also have fond memories of being on the road, including hitchhiking with my acoustic and playing music with whatever strangers I encountered.
    I can certainly see not wanting to play a song that feels played out though, and also maybe some of us hate being on the road so it feels disingenuous.
     
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    Johnny bought half his songs from cons for canteen money.
     
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    ^This^ To provide an extreme example - I saw an upper-middle class middle school kid, whose voice hadn't changed yet, sing this song while accompanying himself on a uke and, although he had a nice voice and sang it in tune and all, the 'believe-ability' factor was a little lacking. I like coal miner ballads too, but I've decided I don't have the street cred for them.
     
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    I agree that the chord progression is not that great. Technically, it is the secondary dominants that do me in, as they usually do. I hated playing those so much, that in some bands, I would actually try to embellish them and hoke it up. Not so much that the audience would feel affronted--in fact, those kinds of embellishments usually played well to the crowd, so no harm done. Except to my tender sensibilities.

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    It was a huge hit for him, I played it in country bands in the 80s constantly.
    I saw him live in 82, and he did it TWICE.
     
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    Holy ****sticks! That is the worst ****ing backup band on the planet!

     
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    I think this is closest to my problem with it, combined with it not being so great musically, for Willie.

    But there have been several posts helping me articulate my feelings. The line between a song i feel like I can do as a performance of some persona and being a poser is interesting.
     
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    If people get up and dance, or even clap their hands and wiggle in their seats, the song is doing it's job whether or not you like it. Some story songs are just that, story songs. Sure some are more or less autobiographical, but not all. "El Paso" anyone? "Big Iron?" But if it seems too removed from your personal reality, don't sing it.
     
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    That s not a backing band, that s the supersuckers !
     
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    That they do.
     
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    I've done "On The Road Again" in one of my garage punk bands. We do a straight version of it, and no one in the audience ever knows quite what to make of it.

    I like doing things out ot context in that manner. I've been in a bunch of country and honkytonk bands, and I'd not like the idea of doing it at one of those gigs
     
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    Wasn't it ever used in a trucker film or maybe tv series?
     
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    We don't get much " country" music, except round Tamworth,
    but most people have heard On the Road again.
    I like it, it's bright and breezy, easy to sing and play and joyful.
    What's not to like about Willie's song?
    It's fun and I enjoy playing it.:)
     
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    Why not! It's a great tune, tells a great story, peppy, two steppers love it, and it's 2 1/2 minutes long.
    Not sure that it fits today's modern country circuits, but there are many places it will still go over.

    It used to be in our standard rotation back in the 80's... we re-wrote a lyric or two to suit our group and we spent 48 weeks a year on the road so we could really relate to it. Fast forward to now, it gets called out at a few afternoon shows and/or jams. I reach for my gut string and play it the way Willy would.... it's still fun!


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    Ever since your girlfriend asked if you knew any James Taylor, you have known that there are two kinds of songs, the ones you like and identify with and those that the audience likes and identify with.
     
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    Canned Heat already wrote a better song with the same title that became a stoner blues anthem. That's why I have never liked Willie's song. I like Willie quite a bit, but not that song. Every time I hear Willie's song I automatically think of Canned Heat. Maybe your band should try Canned Heat's version. Here they are in a cheesy Beat Club treatment of On the Road Again with full lip sync. Sound gets muted for a couple of seconds at the beginning of the clip. Al Wilson sure could sing great though. I have often wondered if Neil Young listened to him in LA clubs and copped some of his falsetto technique from Al who was a master of it:

     
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    How about “Jackson?” “We got married in a fever.....”

    Johnny Cash, right? You gotta like it.
     
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