Song of the Day #4,355: ‘Covered Wagon’ – Miranda Lambert

This song appears toward the end of Disc One of Miranda Lambert’s 2016 The Weight of These Wings. It’s one of only two tracks on the double album not written by Lambert.

‘Covered Wagon’ is a cover of one of singer-songwriter Danny O’Keefe’s earliest songs. O’Keefe is a Seattle-based folk-rock performer whose work has been covered by a host of artists over the past 50 years. The one readers of this blog might know best is ‘The Road,’ performed by Jackson Browne on his Running on Empty album.

O’Keefe’s version of ‘The Road’ is worth checking out, as is ‘Good Time Charlie’s Got the Blues,’ his only song to chart (it reached #9). Both songs appear on the 1972 album O’Keefe.

[Verse 1]
Get the lead out, Momma
Pack up everything we own
The smog’s about to get me
And I’ve got a mind to roam

[Chorus]
In my covered wagon
Honey, down the road we go
On down the road we go
On down the road we go

[Verse 2]
Got an itch to ramble
And I got no place to be
The people in the city
They ain’t got no use for me

[Chorus]
In my covered wagon
Mamma, down the road we go
On down the road we go
On down the road we go
Alright

[Chorus]
Baby, down the road we go
On down the road we go
On down the road we go

[Verse 3]
I’m headed for the country
Can’t nothing keep me here
I feel so free and easy
Like a funky pioneer

[Chorus]
In my covered wagon
Mamma, down the road we go
On down the road we go
In my covered wagon
Baby, down the road we go
On down the road we go
Down the road we go
On down the road we go
Baby, down the road we go
On down the road we go
Baby, down the road we go
On down the road we go
Honey, down the road we go

[Outro]
Down the road I know
Down the road I go
Down the road I go (On down the road we go)
Down the road I go (On down the road we go)
That’s alright (On down the road we go)
That’s alright (On down the road we go)
Down the road I go
(On down the road we go)
Down the road I go
(On down the road we go)
(On down the road we go)
Down the road I go
(On down the road we go)
Down the road I go
(On down the road we go)
Down the road I go
(On down the road we go)
On the road I know
(On down the road we go)
Down the road I go
(On down the road we go)
That’s alright

(On down the road we go)
(On down the road we go)
(On down the road we go)
(On down the road we go)

2 thoughts on “Song of the Day #4,355: ‘Covered Wagon’ – Miranda Lambert

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    I’ve never heard of Danny O’Keefe, and I had no idea he rather than Jackson Browne wrote “The Road.” He was clearly a talented songwriter, and I’m glad we continue to get exposure to his songs through artists like Lambert.

  2. Peg says:

    I really could see me driving with this song blaring down some back roads in Vermont maybe 😊

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