(I'm A) Road Runner

Lyrics: Holland, Dozier, Holland
Music: Holland, Dozier, Holland

This was played a couple of times by the Grateful Dead in 1986, but more frequently by Jerry Garcia with solo bands in the mid-70's and early 80's and by Bob Weir with Kingfish in the mid-70's. It was recently revived by Phil Lesh & Friends in 2002. Note that it's the Motown song done by Junior Walker and the All Stars, not the Bo Diddley song.

This is the version recorded for Garcia's second solo album ("Compliments Of ..."), though not released on the original album.

Money, who needs it
Let me live a life free and easy
Put a toothbrush in my hand
Let me be a travelling man
I'm a roadrunner baby

I'm a road runner baby
Any place is my home
I'm a road runner baby
You look for me and I'll be gone

Well you can love me if you want
But I do declare
When I get restless
I've got to move somewhere

I'm a road runner baby
Just got to keep on keeping on
And I love the life I live
And I'm gonna live the life I love

Don't want no woman
To tie me down
Gotta be free baby
To roam around

All my life it's been like this
If you love me it's your own risk
When the dust hits my shoes
I got the urge to move

I'm a road runner baby
Anyplace is my home
And I love the life I live
And I'm gonna live the life I love
Roadrunner baby
This is the version Bob Weir sang with the Grateful Dead in 1986--very similar to Garcia's:
Money, who needs it
Let me live a life free and easy
Put a toothbrush in my hand
Let me be a travelling man
I'm a roadrunner

I'm a road runner baby
Got to keep on keeping on
I'm a road runner baby
Might look for me and I'll be gone

You can love me if you want to
But I do declare
When I get restive
I've got to move somewhere

I'm a road runner baby
Got to keep on keeping on
And I love the life I live
And I'm gonna live the life I love
Roadrunner

Don't want no woman
To tie me down
Gotta be free baby
To roam around

All my life it's been like this
You can love me, it's your own risk
When the dust hits my shoes
I got the urge to move

'Cause I'm a road runner baby
Got to keep on keeping on
And I love the life I live
And I'm gonna live the life I love
Roadrunner mama

I'm a road runner baby
Got to keep on keeping on
I'm a road runner baby
Might look for me and I'll be gone

You can love me if you want to
But I do declare
When I get restive
I've got to move somewhere

Since I'm a road runner baby
Got to keep on keeping on
And I love the life I live
And I'm gonna live the life I love
Roadrunner now

Recordings from dead.net Tapers Section

Furthur Digital Downloads and CDs
 
Jerry Garcia Recordings
     Date Album Recorded By
      1 Sep 1974 Pure Jerry 4: Keystone, Berkeley Jerry Garcia & Merl Saunders Band
     15 Dec 1974 Garcia Live Volume 3 Legion Of Mary
      1974 Compliments Of ... Jerry Garcia (note 1)
     18 Nov 1975 Jerry Garcia Collection, Volume 2: Let It Rock Jerry Garcia Band
     31 Dec 1975 Garcia Live Volume 5 Jerry Garcia Band
 
Bob Weir Recordings
      1985 Kingfish (Relix) Kingfish
Notes
(1) bonus track on the reissued album included in the box set All Good Things



Futher Information
For more information on recordings see Matt Schofield's Grateful Dead Family Discography
For sheet music, see:
          Jerry Garcia Songbook (vocal line and chords)

 


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