Forty Miles of Bad Road

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"Forty Miles of Bad Road"
Single by Duane Eddy, His 'Twangy' Guitar and the Rebels
from the album $1,000,000 Worth of Twang
B-side"The Quiet Three"
ReleasedMay 1959 (1959-05)
GenreInstrumental rock

"Forty Miles of Bad Road" is a rock and roll instrumental recorded by Duane Eddy. Released as a single in 1959, it charted #9 Pop.[1] It also appeared on Eddy's 1960 album $1,000,000 Worth of Twang.

Michael Gray has written that the idea of the song title came from Eddy's producer Lee Hazlewood, who heard one Texan say to another, "Your girl has a face like forty miles of bad road," and immediately recognised the remark's potential as a song title.[2]

The idiom is referenced in the lyrics of the R.E.M. song "Crush with Eyeliner": "She's a sad tomato/She's three miles of bad road".


  1. ^ Koda, Cub (1994). Rock Instrumental Classics Volume 1: The Fifties (p. 14) [CD booklet]. Los Angeles: Rhino Records.
  2. ^ Gray, The Bob Dylan Encyclopedia, pp. 655–656.