On the Road (Lee Roy Parnell song)

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"On the Road"
Single by Lee Roy Parnell
from the album On the Road
B-side "Back in My Arms Again"[1]
Released August 9, 1993
Format 7" single
Genre Country
Length 4:38
Label Arista Nashville
Writer(s) Bob McDill
Producer(s) Scott Hendricks
Lee Roy Parnell singles chronology
"Tender Moment"
"On the Road"
"I'm Holding My Own"

"On the Road" is a song written by Bob McDill, and recorded by American country music artist Lee Roy Parnell. It was released in August 1993 as the lead-off single and title track from his album of the same name. It peaked at number 6 in the United States, and number 12 in Canada.


The song consists of three vignettes featuring various characters (a neglected young wife, an underachieving teenager whose father has voiced his disappointment in him, and a retired couple whose children have forgotten them and never visit), who all flee their troubled or unfulfilling lives (in a Ford Fairlane, and "hot rod Chevy" and an Airstream trailer, respectively) and find adventure on the road.

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Michael Oblowitz.

Chart positions[edit]

"On the Road" debuted at number 67 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks for the week of August 21, 1993.

Chart (1993) Peak
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[2] 12
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[3] 6


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. p. 315. ISBN 0-89820-177-2. 
  2. ^ "Top RPM Country Tracks: Issue 2317." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. December 4, 1993. Retrieved August 5, 2013.
  3. ^ "Lee Roy Parnell Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Lee Roy Parnell.