Drift Away



Dobie Gray

Day after day I'm more confused
Yet I look for the light in the pouring rain
You know that's a game that I hate to lose
I'm feelin' the strain, ain't it a shame

Oh, give me the beat, boys, and free my soul
I want to get lost in your rock and roll and drift away
Oh, give me the beat, boys, and free my soul
I want to get lost in your rock and roll and drift away
(won't you take me away)

Beginning to think that I'm wastin' time
I don't understand the things I do
The world outside looks so unkind
I'm countin' on you to carry me through

And when my mind is free
You know a melody can move me
And when I'm feelin' blue
The guitar's comin' through to soothe me
Thanks for the joy that you've given me
I want you to know I believe in your song
Rhythm and rhyme and harmony
You help me along makin' me strong

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On February 18th 1973, "Drift Away" by Dobie Gray entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at position #85; and on May 6th it peaked at #5 (for 1 weeks) and spent 21 weeks on the Top 100 (and for 4 of those 21 weeks it was on the Top 10)...
It reached #7 in Canada and #42 on Billboard's R&B Singles chart...
In 2003 Uncle Kracker covered it; his version peaked at #9 on the Top 100, but on Billboard's Adult Contemporary Tracks charts on June 1st, 2003 it reached #1 and remained in the top spot for an amazing 28 non-consecutive weeks ("Forever and for Always" by Shania Twain ended its run)
R.I.P. Mr. Gray, born Lawrence Darrow Brown, (1940 - 2011).
- Barry, Sauquoit, NY
I was the drummer in the band backing Dobie in South Africa. What a great guy, what a great tour. Fond memories still prevail, God bless you Dobie.
- Dave, Cape Town, South Africa
The flip of this single "City Stars" is also an excellent number.
- Michael, McFarland, WI
An incredible song by an incredible voice. "Drift Away" is always one of my demo songs when testing out a new MP3 player and/or headphones. Mr. Gray's version of "Loving Arms" is also unbelievable.
- Brad, Barry, TX
I attended my first concert at which Dobie Gray performed on a double header with the Main Ingredient. This was in 1974 before a segregated audience in South Africa.He was backed by an incredible local band called Redlum.(Ironically, they were an all white band).Amazing live performance and a superb artist.Certainly my favourite song of his.
- Kelly, Pretoria, South Africa
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