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The Road Goes On Forever
Joe Ely Lyrics

Sherry was a waitress at the only joint in town
She had a reputation as a girl who'd been around
On main street after midnight, a brand new pack of cigs
A fresh one hanging from her lips, a beer between her legs
She rides down to the river, and meets with all her friends
The road goes on forever and the party never ends

Sonny was a loner, older than the rest
He was goin' in the navy, but couldn't pass the test
So he hung around town, he sold a little pot
The law caught wind of sonny and one day he got caught
But he was back in business when they set him free again
The road goes on forever and the party never ends

Sonny's playin' eight-ball in the joint where sherry works
When some drunken out-of-towner put his hand up sherry's skirt
Sonny took his pool cue, laid the drunk out on the floor
Stuffed a dollar in her tip jar, walked out the door
She's running right behind him, reaching for his hand
The road goes on forever and the party never ends

They jumped into his pickup, sonny jammed it down in gear
Sonny looked at sherry, said "let's get on out of here
The stars were high above them, the moon was in the east
The sun was setting on them when they reached miami beach
They got a hotel by the water, a quart of bombay gin
The road goes on forever and the party never ends

They soon ran out of money, but sonny knew a man
Who knew some cuban refugees, who dealt in contraband
Sonny met the cubans in a house just off the route
With a briefcase full of money and a pistol in his boot
The card were on the table when the law came bustin' in
The road goes on forever and the party never ends

The cubans grabbed the goodies, sonny grabbed the jack
Broke the bathroom window and climbed on out the back
Sherry drove the pickup through the alley on the side
Where a lawman tackled sonny and was reading him his rights
She stepped out in the alley with a single shot 410
The road goes on forever and the party never ends

They left the lawman lying, they made their getaway
Got back to the motel just before the break of day
Sonny gave her all the money, he blew a little kiss
If they ask you how this happened say I forced you into this
She watched him as his taillights disappeared around the bend
The road goes on forever and the party never ends

It's main street after midnight, just like it was before
Twenty-one months later, at the local grocery store
Sherry buys a paper and a cold six-pack of beer
The headlines say that sonny is going to the chair
She pulls back onto main street in her new mercedes benz
The road goes on forever and the party never ends

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Bryan Hurst

One of the greatest story songs ever, written by one of our best songwriters (Robert Earl Keen, Jr.), and another of our best songwriters/performers turning it into his own epic masterpiece. I had the great pleasure of meeting Mr. Ely when a duo I was in opened for him many years ago, and I can honestly say that he may well be the most genuinely nice performers/legends I've ever met.

Johnny Salter

@Brent Boere That is a perfect description.

Brent Boere

I'll agree with what you stated about one of the greatest story songs.
When I listen to this, its basically an entire movie in my head.
This is my favorite version of this tune, though.
He owns it now.
Gotta love country music

Leif Vidar Gullstad

can`t find the original studio version by Robert Earl Keen here, so this is as good as it can be...……..::)) always been a fan of Joe Ely"!!

Glen Yates

I am born raise in Lubbock Texas and yes yes joe enly is big big big time in Lubbock Texas and texas and coming back to Lubbock Texas later on when things get back to normal ps hes the real deal nice nice man and had a hell of a guitar player in jesse taylor i know jesse Taylor too mom brother and sister yes joe Enly from born raise in Lubbock Texas now married 28 years live in pretty water sapulpa Oklahoma Glenn Linda the cats yates ps ps rest in peace Jesse Taylor ps ps if any listener knows anything about kathy taylor and timmy fain please let glenn Linda know on this track on joe Enly channel thank you too

Helen Minnes

Just listened to the Walking The Floor podcast and Robert Earl Keen said that this is his favourite version of the song.

John Stulpin

I have a modified single shot .410.
Love this song

way cool jr

Wish this album was on vinyl

Robert Horton

Great song!


Me and the wife visited family in the USA and they played this song a good few times, and it’s now fair to say Joe has two new UK fans 😀

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