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Send Me on My Way

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Released  1995
Label  RCA
Genre  Folk rock, acoustic rock, alternative rock
Length  4:33 (Cruel Sun version) 4:19 (When I Woke version)
Writer(s)  Michael Glabicki, Liz Berlin, John Buynak, Jim Dispirito, Jim Donovan, Patrick Norman and Jennifer Wertz
Producer(s)  Dave Brown (Cruel Sun version) Bill Bottrell (When I Woke version)

"Send Me on My Way" is a 1995 single by Rusted Root. It peaked at number 72 on the Billboard Hot 100.



Originally released as a rough version on 1992's Cruel Sun, it was rerecorded in 1994 for their second album, When I Woke. Root's frontman, Michael Glabicki, wrote the lyrics, and its other members – Liz Berlin, John Buynak, Jim Dispirito, Jim Donovan, Patrick Norman and Jennifer Wertz – contributed to the track.

In February 2013, in an interview with Songfacts, Glabicki recalled entering the band's studio – a warehouse with big windows – on a sunny day, picking up a guitar and just writing the song amidst "a very, very happy feeling" in which "there was a lot of happiness in the room" In the same interview, he said that Toni Childs was an influence on the song.

The song makes use of nonsense phrases such as "oombayseeyou" and "seemoobadeeyah". These were added on the grounds that they sounded good and felt right and use of a dictionary word would not have been an improvement. In addition, the song contains a penny whistle solo played by Rusted Root member John Buynak.

Critical reception

Critical reception has been mixed. In January 2014, in a review for Cruel Sun, Kurt Keefner said that "the African vocal riff from "Send Me on My Way" is bad Ladysmith Black Mambazo", whereas Chris Baker of said "The song's pep and lightheartedness is undoubtedly responsible for its success. Unlike the fervor found in songs like "Ecstasy" or "Lost in a Crowd," "Send Me on My Way" is unbridled optimism – perfect for a children's movie."

In popular culture

It has since maintained wide recognition through its frequent use in motion picture soundtracks, most notably in the movie adaptation of Roald Dahl's Matilda, as well as Ice Age from Blue Sky Studios. This also includes other media, such as:

  • Party of Five (1996 soundtrack)
  • Pie in the Sky (1996)
  • Matilda (1996)
  • Race the Sun (1996)
  • The Theory of Flight (1998)
  • Ice Age (2002)
  • Standing Still (2005)
  • Used as theme music for Treehouse's Are We There Yet?: World Adventure (2007–2009)
  • Alpha and Omega (2010)
  • Chuck (2011)
  • Featured song in NHL and NCAA campaigns for Enterprise Rent-A-Car, which aired 254 times between 2011–2013
  • New Girl – Season 1, Episode 12 (2012)
  • Cuckoo – Season 3, Episode 7 (BBC 3 version) (2015)
  • In addition, NASA engineers chose "Send Me on My Way" as "wake up" music for the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity, for Sol 21.

    Because of its use in popular culture, frontman Glabicki has said that the song has "become a different thing for us. It's this thing that lives next to us. Everyone has a great memory or connection with the song. The song grew up and now has a life of its own; it's bigger; we get to sit back and watch it."


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