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Thread #169891   Message #4137695
Posted By: Jim Dixon
24-Feb-22 - 01:05 PM
Thread Name: US Highways (fed and state) and songs about them
Subject: Lyr Add: HIGHWAY 59 (Roy Hawkins)
My transcription from the Internet Archive. Again, there are several doubtful phrases.

As recorded by Roy Hawkins and His Orchestra on Modern Hollywood 859 (1952)

Yeah, I woke up this mornin’ with just one thing on my mind: (2x)
To get me a bus down Highway Fifty-Nine.

My baby have left me, but she’s still on my mind. (2x)
She’s somewhere travelin’ on Highway Fifty-Nine.

I’ve got spendin’ money; don’t have many friends.
I’ll just keep on ridin’ and say, God, I’ll be in.
Roll me outside, yes, keep on singin’ mine.
Yes, singin’ my blues out on Highway Fifty-Nine.

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U.S. Route 59 runs from the Canadian border near Lancaster, Minnesota, to the Mexican border near Laredo, Texas—but I don’t know if this is the highway Hawkins had in mind. Hawkins was born in Texas but his professional life took place mainly in California. There is a California State Route 59 but it seems relatively unimportant.