Hit The Road Jack chords



You can learn how to play Hit The Road Jack by Ray Charles!

Released in 1961, Hit The Road Jack is a single by Ray Charles, although he didn’t actually write it.

Written by Percy Mayfield a year earlier, who sent it to record company boss Art Rupe who in turn knew Ray from when he was younger and had recorded with Guitar Slim.

Art Rupe is the man behind another great pianist, singer, and entertainer, Little Richard, and is responsible for hits such as Tutti Frutti and Long Tall Sally.

As a worldwide hit and #1 in the U.S, Sweden, and New Zealand, Hit The Road Jack has grown to become one of Ray Charles’s signature songs.

Famously sung by his female singers, The Raelettes, and answered by Ray, it has been on most Motown/Soul cover bands’ set list for over seven decades.

Let’s take a look at the super simple chord progression and lyrics, you’ll memorize this one in a few seconds.


Hit The Road Jack chords and lyrics


||: G#m F# | E7 D#7 :||

||: G#m F# | E7 D#7 :||
Hit the road Jack, and don’t you come back,
no more, no more, no more, no more.
Hit the road Jack, and don’t you come back no more. What you say?
Hit the road Jack, and don’t you come back,
no more, no more, no more, no more.
Hit the road Jack, and don’t you come back no more.

||: G#m F# | E7 D#7 :||
Oh woman, oh woman, don’t treat me so mean,
you’re the meanest old woman that I’ve ever seen.
I guess if you said so, I’ll have to pack my things and go (that’s right).

||: G#m F# | E7 D#7 :||
Hit the road Jack, and don’t you come back,
no more, no more, no more, no more.
Hit the road Jack, and don’t you come back no more. What you say?
Hit the road Jack, and don’t you come back,
no more, no more, no more, no more.
Hit the road Jack, and don’t you come back no more.

||: G#m F# | E7 D#7 :||
Now baby, listen baby, don’t ya treat me this a way,
’cause I’ll be back on my feet some day.
(Don’t care if you do ’cause it’s understood, you ain’t got no money, you just ain’t no good)
Well, I guess if you say so. I’ll have to pack my things and go (that’s right).

||: G#m F# | E7 D#7 :||
Hit the road Jack, and don’t you come back,
no more, no more, no more, no more.
Hit the road Jack, and don’t you come back no more. What you say?
Hit the road Jack, and don’t you come back,
no more, no more, no more, no more.
Hit the road Jack, and don’t you come back no more.

||: G#m F# | E7 D#7 :||
Well (don’t you come back no more).
Uh, what you say? (don’t you come back no more).
I didn’t understand you (don’t you come back no more).
You can’t mean that (don’t you come back no more).
Oh, now baby, please (don’t you come back no more).
What you tryin’ to do to me? (don’t you come back no more).
Oh, don’t treat me like that (don’t you come back no more).


Hit The Road Jack chord progression

Using one endless VI – V – IV – IIIx loop in Abm. AbmGbEEb, ranked #9 on Spytunes top 10 chord progression list, Hit The Road Jack just keep building tension.

I’ve written these chords above as Abm, not G#m as when playing in a soul band with horns, you tend to avoid # keys.

However, there’s a problem in there, E and Eb are both represented, E is a chord with # notes in it.

So really, if we want to be 100% accurate, we have to write Fb, not E. But who the hell says Fb with a straight face?

So, to me, it does make more sense to say it’s G#mF#ED#. Just to avoid the Fb debate!

So this is what I‘ve written above as Hit The Road Jack’s chords and lyrics, G#m.


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