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 cig's,
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 motel 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 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, Sonny grabbed a 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 four-ten
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.


Its 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.


Lyrics submitted by roger wilco, edited by timjo

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  • +1
    MemoryHearing this song live is awesome. Damn, I love this song, and REK!
    HoboSpartan7on November 19, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAwesome song REK is completely underrated. I have a couple of his albums and all his songs are this good. He is the best country/western singer around and one of the only ones that stuck to the roots of country and western music rather than conforming like the famous country singers that live in Hollywood. If you like this song look up Undone, Travelin' Light, Shades of Grey, Feelin' Good Again, Then Came Lo Mein, and No Kinda Dancer.
    act13on April 24, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentfuckin' A! i am not a country or roots music fan by any stretch, but i love this song! the story is just so reckless and quixotic.

    to me it's saying, "fuck it all, if you're gonna go, go all the way right out."

    ...live life without fear of consequence.
    roger wilcoon June 09, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is mt Second Favortie REK song, and prolly his most popular.
    TheIcemanon June 17, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentdude robert is really cool....you people need to check his stuff out...its pretty sweet....this song is very good for people with musical tastes of all kind...just awesome
    knixknax44on December 17, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is the first REK song that I herd and I was hooked. The funny thing is that it is not even one of his better written songs.
    Kichkinet2003on February 22, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think the name says it all. Its one of my favorite quotes ever. Life keeps going, with some great parites and then some that compeletly suck, but there is always more to come. All REK songs tell a story and this a great one, but I agree with Kichkinet, he has better. Im from Texas, and this guy is one of the most underrated performers outside the state. I go to school in Alabama and all my friends like him almost as much as I do.
    LFHolland01on March 02, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think the name says it all. Its one of my favorite quotes ever. Life keeps going, with some great parites and then some that compeletly suck, but there is always more to come. All REK songs tell a story and this a great one, but I agree with Kichkinet, he has better. Im from Texas, and this guy is one of the most underrated performers outside the state. I go to school in Alabama and all my friends like him almost as much as I do.
    LFHolland01on March 02, 2006   Link
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    General CommentJust had to comment on what a great story-teller REK is. One of my favorite songs ever. Even though it doesn't require any deciphering, it takes you on a fantastic journey!
    DailyBuzzon March 18, 2008   Link

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