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ROAD GOES ON FOREVER, THE (Robert Earl Keen Jr.) Robert Earl Keen Jr. - 1989 The Highwaymen - 1995 Sherry was a waitress at the only joint in town She had a reputation as a girl who'd been around Down Main Street after midnight with a brand new pack of cigs A fresh one hangin' from her lips and a beer between her legs She'd ride down to the river and meet with all her friends The road goes on forever and the party never ends Sonny was a loner, boder than the rest He was going in the Navy but he couldn't pass the test So he hung around town and he sold a little pot The law caught wind of Sonny and one day he got caught But he is back in business when they set him free again The road goes on forever and the party never ends Sonny's playin' eight-ball at the joint where Sherry works When some drunken outta-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 and walked on out the door She's runnin' right behind him, reachin' for his hand The road goes on forever and the party never ends They jumped into his pickup, Sonny jammed her down in gear Sonny looked at Sherry, said, "Let's get on outta here" The stars were high above them, the moon was in the East The sun was settin' on them when they reached Miami Beach They got a motel by the water and 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 cards 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 and Sonny grabbed a jack He broke a 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 into the alley with a single shot 410 The road goes on forever and the party never ends They left the lawman dyin' and they made their getaway They got back to the motel just before the break of day Sonny gave her all the money and he blew her 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 There'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 read that Sonny is goin' to the chair She pulls back onto Main Street in her new Mercedes Benz The road goes on forever and the party never ends (Transcribed by Mel Priddle - March 2017)

    


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