Carefree Highway (song)
|Single by Gordon Lightfoot|
|from the album Sundown|
|B-side||"Seven Island Suite"|
|Genre||Folk, country rock|
|Gordon Lightfoot singles chronology|
"Carefree Highway" is a song written by Gordon Lightfoot and was second single release from his 1974 album, Sundown. The song peaked at #10 on the Billboard Hot 100 and spent one week at #1 on the Easy Listening chart in October 1974.
The song's name comes from a section of Arizona State Route 74 in north Phoenix. Said Lightfoot, "I thought it would make a good title for a song. I wrote it down, put it in my suitcase and it stayed there for eight months." The song employs "Carefree Highway" as a metaphor for the state of mind where the singer seeks escape from his ruminations over a long ago failed affair with a woman named Ann. Lightfoot has stated that Ann actually was the name of a woman Lightfoot romanced when he was age 22: "It [was] one of those situations where you meet that one woman who knocks you out and then leaves you standing there and says she's on her way."
|Canadian RPM Top Singles||11|
|Canadian RPM Adult Contemporary ||1|
|Canadian RPM Country Tracks ||1|
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||10|
|U.S. Billboard Easy Listening||1|
|U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles||81|
"Stop and Smell the Roses" by Mac Davis
|Billboard Easy Listening Singles number-one single by Gordon Lightfoot
October 19, 1974
"Back Home Again" by John Denver
"I Honestly Love You"
by Olivia Newton-John
|RPM Country Tracks
November 30, 1974
by Tom T. Hall
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- Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
- "RPM Top Singles for November 23, 1974". RPM. Retrieved 11 October 2010.
- "RPM Adult Contemporary for October 12, 1974". RPM. Retrieved 11 October 2010.
- "RPM Country Tracks for November 30, 1974". RPM. Retrieved 11 October 2010.