"The Road" was written & performed by Danny O'Keefe in 1973. Jackson Browne had a huge hit with it a few years later, and many others have covered it over the decades, including Sung Woo...
Highways and dance halls
A good song takes you far
Your write about the moon
And you dream about the stars
Blues in old motel rooms
Girls in daddy's car
You sing about the nights
And you laugh about the scars
Coffee in the morning cocaine afternoons
You talk about the weather
And you grin about the rooms
Phone calls long distance
To tell how you've been
Forget about the losses, you exaggerate the wins

And when you stop to let em know
You've got it down
Its just another town along the road

The ladies come to see you
If your name still rings a bell
They give you damn near nothin
And they'll say they knew you well
So you tell em you'll remember
But they know its just a game
And along the way their faces
All begin to look the same
And when you stop to let em know
You got it down
Its just another town along the road

Well it isn't for the money
And its only for a while
You stalk about the rooms
And you roll away the miles
Gamblers in the neon, clinging to guitars
You're right about the moon
But you're wrong about the stars
And when you stop to let em know
You got it down
Its just another town along the way


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"The Road" as written by Danny O'keefe

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    General CommentFantastic tune about the life of a musician. Faces coming in and out of your life if only for the moment. A very lonely existance really, yet so many wish to have it. Beautiful melody. very visual.
    LolaBaton March 31, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis song was actually written by Danny O'keefe. Both versions are tremendous, and quite different.
    ihearechoeson September 14, 2011   Link
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    General CommentYes, Danny O'Keefe wrote "The Road" in 1973, and Jackson Browne had a huge hit with it a few years later.

    Jackson's version is great, but Danny O'Keefe's is more powerful... more of the lonely intensity somes through.

    Do yourself a favor -- listen to Danny O'Keefe's music from the '70s and '80s. "The Road" is just one example of his superb songwriting.
    teekayeon July 25, 2016   Link

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