- Version Big Bill Broonzy 1941:
I got the key to the highway, and I'm billed out and bound to go.
I'm gonna leave here runnin', cause walkin' is most too slow.
I'm goin' down on the border, now where I'm better known.
Cause woman you don't do nothin', but drive a good man 'way from home.
Now when the moon creeps over the mountain, I'll be on my way.
Now I'm gonna walk this old highway, until the break of day.
Come here, sweet mama, now and help me with this heavy load.
I am due in West Texas, and I've got to get on the road.
I'm goin' to West Texas, I'm goin' down behind the sun
I'm gonna ax the good Lord what evil have I done.
Version Little Walter:
I got the key to the highway,
Billed out and bound to go.
I'm gonna leave here runnin',
Because walkin' is most too slow.
I'm goin' back to the border,
Where I'm better known.
Because you haven't done nothin',
But drove a good man 'way from home.
Give me one more kiss mama,
just before I go.
But when I'm leave this time, girl,
I won't be back no more.
When the moon creeps over the mountain,
Honey, I'll be on my way.
I'm gonna roam this old highway,
Until the break of day.
Well it's so long, so long, baby,
I must say goodbye,
I'm gonna roam this highway,
Until the day I die.