Friday, December 09, 2005

The Lyrics to a Song

This is the lyrics to a song by a Texas boy, Robert Earl Keen. It is the one I have chosen to cover for my CD. It is very country, but I will put my spin on it. I will post a demo soon. Yes that is right. I will come off my high horse (is the horse loaded?) and post one. All of my blog family will get a copy of the cd when it drops. Robert spins these stories in all his songs. This has been covered by The Highwaymen, Counting Crows and others. I just really like it and it is going to be a great challenge to make it work in my style.

Keen Robert Earl
The Road Goes On Forever
Album: The Party Never Ends

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 he was older than the rest
He was going into the Navy but he 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' 8-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 and said lets get on outta here
The stars were high above them and the moon was in the east
The sun was settin' on them when they reached Miami Beach
They got a hotel 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 manWho knew some Cuban refugees that delt 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 the 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 lyin' 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

Its Main Street after midnight just like it was before
21 months later at the local grocery store
Sherry buys a paper and a cold 6-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


At 10:51 AM, Blogger ticharu said...

So many words, like a Dylan song, I can never remember that much stuff!

At 12:53 PM, Blogger Kid Ric said...

Great tune for sure. Can't wait to hear your version.

If your interested.

The 4 hour Basement Jam loop is up and running smoothly. Three cheers for Rachel Fuller , Pete Townshend and the team at eelpie!!

I don't know about you but I'm ready for a party! I will be hosting the "In the Basement" loop chat and be in Ballerina Gurl's chat - - around 5:15 pm eastern time Sunday December 11. I tried to base this time around the majority. Sorry if it does not fit your schedule? I have invited a special mystery guest co-host, who has excepted, and you never know who else may honor us with an appearance. The loop should start at 5:30 pm. eastern. You are cordially invited to stop by and join us. Thanks.

If you Don't have a link to Towser T.V. go to my blog and click on the Amplifier/Towser T.V. to watch the loop. It is on 24/7 every 4 hours. Great performances.

Peace, love and light.

At 12:50 AM, Blogger BallerinaGurl said...

Peek A Boo! I like that song! Come chat with Ric in the loop tomorrow and we can talk about this song..I have some questions for you on it!

Hello to my Cabana Boy!!

At 8:15 AM, Blogger Anne-Marie said...

Hi Joe,

What a great tale! I was thinking it went like a few of Dylan's songs from Desire- the ones about the Panama Hat, Joe, and certainly Hurricane. I'd have to dig out the LP to remember the titles of the other two!

Can't wait to hear your version!


At 3:45 PM, Blogger Claire Eliza said...

I like it that you're making this song your own.

I hate it though when I hear covers of songs I love that are way different than the original, I think: Do they even know what the song is about and why it was written?
But thats just because im possesive and I need to work on that.

Anyway, when I perform songs most of them are already different than the original without me trying because they are being sung by a girl instead of a guy. Besides Janis I don't cover many songs by women.
Can't wait to hear some of your stuff Joe.
- claire -

At 1:33 AM, Blogger BallerinaGurl said...

Why not audio blog a blurb from this song for me and everyone to hear? I would love that!

Also send my warmest wishes to my Cabana boy for the upcoming show this week!


At 5:03 PM, Blogger Marietta said...

This is great!

Post an MP3 with you singing it!
It's a pity you couldn't make it to the chat yesterday. KidRic has posted some excerpts, they're hilarious!



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