"Hitchin' a Ride" is a song written by Mitch Murray and Peter Callander issued as a single by the UK-based band, Vanity Fare in late 1969. It reached #16 on the UK Singles Chart in February 1970, but was a bigger hit in the United States, reaching #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the spring of 1970. The song is about a young man who is attempting to hitchhike, since he has no money. The song is noted for its two clarinets, first heard in the introduction as well as in the sections between the choruses and the verses. The song is also noted for its instrumental middle section, featuring an electric piano, that plays a bass line in repetition, which is accompanied by the piano's upper register, bass, drums, and guitar, which is later heard before the song's fade. Some radio stations shorten the ending by eliminating the repeated instrumental portion, featuring the final repeated lines "RIDE, RIDE" before the song fades out. It sold a million copies in the United States alone.
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