Soul Survivors Expressway to Your Heart

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Soul Survivors Expressway to Your Heart

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The song “Expressway to Your Heart” by The Soul Survivors was their biggest nationally charting hit. The song was written by Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, who produced the track as well.  Gamble often took the Schuylkill Expressway to go from his home in New Jersey to Philadelphia, and the idea for the lyrics came when he was going to see a girlfriend but was stuck in traffic. The track starts with car horn sounds. The Soul Survivors had a hit with the song in 1967, releasing it as a single backed with “Hey Gyp” and on their 1967 album When the Whistle Blows Anything Goes. On the national charts, the song went to #3 on the R&B Chart and #4 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 in 1967. On the regional charts, it was #1 in Philadelphia and New York. It sold more than one million copies and was the first hit for Gamble and Huff, who became famous as Philadelphia soul record producers (e.g., producing The O’Jays, Dusty Springfield, Billy Paul,  Lou Rawls, The Jacksons, Teddy Pendergrass, among many others).

The Soul Survivors were from New York, who became a Philadelphia-based R&B group. They were known as a Sixties blue-eyed soul group. They formed in New York and members included Kenny Jeremiah, Charlie Ingui and Richie Ingui, Joe Forgione, Paul Venturini, and Chuck Trois. The Soul Survivors had another top 40 hit with “Explosion (In My Soul).”

Here are the lyrics to “Expressway to Your Heart” by The Soul Survivors:

“I’ve been tryin’ to get to you for a long time
Because constantly you been on my mind
I was thinkin’ ’bout a shortcut I could take
But it seems like I made a mistake

But I was wrong, mmm, I took too long
I got caught in the rush hour
A fellow started to shower
You with love and affection
Now you won’t look in my direction

On the expressway to your heart
That expressway is not the best way
At five o’clock it’s much too crowded
It’s much too crowded, so crowded
No room for me (too crowded)
Oh, too crowded

Now there’s too many ahead of me
They’re all the time gettin’ in front of me
I thought that I could find a clear road ahead
But I found stoplights instead

I was wrong, baby, took too long
I got caught in the rush hour
A fellow started to shower
You with love and affection
Come on, look in my direction

On the expressway to your heart
That expressway is not the best way
At five o’clock it’s much too crowded
Much too crowded, too crowded
No room for me (too crowded)
Oh, too crowded

Oh, much too crowded
Oh, so crowded

[Fade]”

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