Hit 'em boys

Well I've said it before and I'll say it again
You get nothing for nothing, expect it when
You're backseat driving and your hands ain't on the wheel
It's easy to go along with the crowd
And find later on that your say ain't allowed
Oh that's the way to find what you've been missing

So I'm heading out to the highway
I got nothing to lose at all
I'm gonna do it my way
Take a chance before I fall
A chance before I fall

You can hang in a left or hang in a right
The choice, it is yours to do as you might
The road is open wide to place your bidding
Now, wherever you turn, wherever you go
If you get it wrong, at least you can know
There's miles and miles to put it back together

And I'm heading out to the highway
I got nothing to lose at all
I'm gonna do it my way
Take a chance before I fall
A chance before I fall

On the highway
On the highway

Making a curve or taking the strain
On the decline, or out on the wane
Oh everybody breaks down sooner or later
We'll put it to rights, we'll square up and mend
Back on your feet to take the next bend
You'll weather every storm that's coming at ya

And I'm heading out to the highway
I got nothin' to lose at all
I'm gonna do it my way
Take a chance before I fall
Yes, I'm heading out to the highway
I got nothing to lose at all
I got nothing to lose at all


Lyrics submitted by Idan, edited by sokorny

Heading Out to the Highway Lyrics as written by Kenneth Downing Glenn Raymond Tipton

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  • +3
    General Comment

    This is probably in my top 5 favorite songs of Judas Preist.

    Ummagumma69on March 10, 2008   Link
  • +3
    General Comment

    What a great feel this song has.

    It's about taking control of your life, taking risks and not letting other people make your decisions for you. "You get nothin' for nothin', expect it when You're back seat drivin' and your hands ain't on the wheel" Mistakes are bound to happen, but you can always "put things back together". "Now, wherever you turn, wherever you go If you get it wrong, at least you can know There's miles and miles to put it back together."

    venusblewon July 19, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    great song especially live

    he actually doesnt say hit em boys by the way

    ULlilLadyon July 14, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    This is my theme song. I first heard this when I was a kid, and I forgot about it until I quit trying to get jobs in offices and stuff and became a truck driver. Having been through all that office nonsense, this song rings so true for me!

    I have a feeling he was probably writing more about motorcycles or hitchhiking, but it works for my profession as well.

    Also, coincidentally for me, I love driving in the desert, and the video features them playing in a studio with a 360° mural of a desert scene all around them.

    I don't really care if Rob Halford may have hidden references to gay lifestyles in his music. If he did so in this song, I'm hard-pressed to recognize it so easily as with other songs he wrote. With that said, it could be thinly argued that this song is about escaping heteronormative or marital expectations that were so strong when this song was written.

    maddpsyintyston July 10, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    Although this a standard rock song, decent lyrics, simple guitar riffs, nothing special. A song that probally took no more than 5 minutes to write, it's still a fave of mine. I remember Jamming this song with my friends on a daily basis. Just a fun song to hear and to play.

    Cowboytrevon March 05, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    Bronze Yeah! Well this song is about racing with the crowd on an abanded highway.

    Highrise101on August 20, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    I know you don't want to hear it, but Rob has said he put his double meanings about his homosexuality into some Priest songs. This is one of them I would argue. This is the one thing about Priest with Halford I just don't like.

    Fredzepon September 21, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    Check the video of this song on YouTube

    It was played constantly on MTV in the 80's the theme of a drag race between the two guitarists Downing and Tipton with Rob Halford singing as if he is the officiator in charge of the drag race.

    Erayman64on January 23, 2015   Link
  • 0
    My Interpretation

    I'd say @venusblew is the only one I truly believe is on the right track for the meaning of the song.

    I interpret it in a similar meaning ... that is live your life, make your own decisions/choices and don't follow the same path as everyone.

    The highway is a metaphor for life in this song. Biblical a path is typically used, however Priest have adopted a more contemporary metaphor. The song uses other transport metaphors throughout, e.g.

    • backseat driving is a metaphor for others controlling your life, telling you how to live your life.

    • road is open wide to place your bidding = lots of choices out there for you to make

    • miles and miles to put it back together = can make amends for wrong choices / mistakes in your life, as our lives are relatively long

    • everybody breaks down = depression, sad, makes mistakes, falls etc.

    • back on your feet to take the next bend = recover from that fall, make amends, learn from your mistakes.

    sokornyon March 18, 2016   Link

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