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Robert Earl Keen — The Road Goes On Forever
Album: West Textures
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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 man
Who knew some Cuban refugees that 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 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 readin' 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
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{#Crashcomp}{#Headache} Hank Sr., Johnny, The Carter Family, Willie; soooo many others to choose from for that country feelin'


amen 

noiseindustries wrote:
I cry (and mute the sound) every time stuff like this comes on... so little country music is worth listening to!



I cry (and mute the sound) every time stuff like this comes on... so little country music is worth listening to!
{#Beat} yay for mute. =1

Fabulous, I sit in the middle of Manhattan, and everytime I hear this it takes me on a little trip south (acid flashback, hmmmmm).
Recreate 1968..................
frednic wrote:
This sounds like Guy Clark.

Overall I think Mr. Clark is a better songwriter, but Mr. Keen's 'West Textures' is hard to beat.

This song is like 'Freebird' to me: I've heard it a million times, live, covered, you name it, and I STILL really dig it. Neck, red? Check.

c.


 Shesdifferent wrote:
Sorry, he looks good but it's music like this that makes me change the station.

 
Agreed. "Eclectic" only goes so far.

I second that.

Shesdifferent wrote:
Sorry, he looks good but it's music like this that makes me change the station.




Sorry, he looks good but it's music like this that makes me change the station.
Hannio wrote:
I didn't either until I moved here and found out what a great place it is with genuinely friendly people.


Pi$$ off, a44hole.

Just kidding, from 78703.

c.

Thanks Bill!  My wife finally knows one of the songs you've picked! {#High-five}
Texas is in the house!{#Cowboy}
PurplePrincess wrote:
I don't much like TexAss but this is a great song.
I didn't either until I moved here and found out what a great place it is with genuinely friendly people.
Fat, drunk and singing like Bob Dylan is no way to go through life, son
what a great song - listern to the lyrics - also check out Joe Ely's - live version on Live @ Antone's - it's awesome
Marr wrote:
What have you got against Texas?
Well, it is full of Texans...
Dang! Its the TexAss version of 'Lily, Rosemary & The Jack of Hearts'!
I'm hoping to maybe hearing some songs on RP from Robbie Earl's buddy from Texas, Eric Taylor, who hardly ever gets any airplay anywhere, yet plays the most amazing blues-infected Texan folk.
Thank you Bill
I realize there's a storytellin' goin' on so I don't want to interrupt, but I don't want to hear this one again either.
PurplePrincess wrote:
I don't much like TexAss but this is a great song.
Then you don't know enough about TEXAS.
PurplePrincess wrote:
I don't much like TexAss but this is a great song.
What have you got against Texas?
Great storytelling. I love this song
I don't much like TexAss but this is a great song.
I love it! I have been living in Texas for about a year now and I have seen REK three times. There are a few versions of this song. you should play more REK!!! Love you guys Charlie in Texas :)
Is it a banjo in the background? :ask: Anyway....it's bit too countryesque for my taste.
Lyle Lovett and then this dreck - I want my money back :wink:
Nice to hear REK! I admit that this version of this song is a bit tame. But he does a nice version live and on his live album. "No Kinda Dancer" is a fine album and he has written a lot of very good songs.
frednic wrote:
This sounds like Guy Clark.
Yeah. They're both from central Texas. REK went to Texas A&M where he once roomed with Lyle Lovett.
I'd much, much rather hear the Beer Run riff on this song.
This song goes on forever, and the earpain never ends.
frednic wrote:
This sounds like Guy Clark.
Same neck of the woods if I'm not mistaken. I've seen them onstage together (on TeeVee)...
This sounds like Guy Clark.
ploba wrote:
yuck yuck yuck yuck YUCK
What the sucko barfo rating was invented for, gets worse on every listen.
yuck yuck yuck yuck YUCK
No no no no. NO.
redtex wrote:
Perhaps....if it were a country song.
So what is it then? Other than complete garbage that is :wink:
I have a feeling this song will go on forever.
Bill, 2 years (to the day) since you played Merry Xmas (click here) Time to replay it, don't you think?
fredriley wrote:
It's rather difficult to shit without a bum. Or is this another instance of two countries separated by a shared language? ;-)
Just don't go on about bumming fags and jumping lorries, ok?
tiggers wrote:
Yee bloody ha!!! Please tell me it's a parody of everything bad about country songs.
Perhaps....if it were a country song.
That is one lame album cover. Real creative there, Robert.
Yee bloody ha!!! Please tell me it's a parody of everything bad about country songs.
fredriley wrote:
It's rather difficult to shit without a bum. Or is this another instance of two countries separated by a shared language? ;-)
LOL
...bad flashback to morning doorstep surprises when i worked across the street from the alamo...
Odyzzeuz wrote:
Does a bum shit in a doorway?
It's rather difficult to shit without a bum. Or is this another instance of two countries separated by a shared language? ;-)
leathepea wrote:
Is that a yes?
Does a bum shit in a doorway?
mandolin wrote:
...appreciation for originals notwithstanding, i think this song could really benefit from more of a rock than country treatment...
Joe Ely does a version of this that is perhaps a bit peppier. But to hear a fully-energized version, check out REK live! Woohoo!!! :cowboy:
theme song of our lives :motor:
Odyzzeuz wrote:
He writes songs like some people eat Pez.
Is that a yes?
Yep, the things we men do for women. You'd think we'd learn.
p2h2d2 wrote:
Cultural myopia does not equal criticism. Hook 'em horns
I hear your truthiness. Go, local sports franchise! I support the accident of your geographical closeness!
leathepea wrote:
Normally, I hate country, but this one is alright. It must be the lyrics and phrasing of the melody, did he write this?
He writes songs like some people eat Pez.
Not a bad song, but REK sings one note. Terrible singer.
Normally, I hate country, but this one is alright. It must be the lyrics and phrasing of the melody, did he write this?
Joe Ely has a more rocked-up version of this song. Great storytelling.
Yawn, that drum beat is killing me - not the most interesting musically, guess it's the lyrics?
First REK I ever heard - hooked ever since!
See REK live and you will have a good time and them boys can play. Good Texican music :boohoo:
Odyzzeuz wrote:
This is the ''Women are basicallly bitches'' song.
Cultural myopia does not equal criticism. Hook 'em horns
Hearing REK right after Mark Knopfler's Camerado makes me want to see these two on stage together... and with Lyle Lovett, too.
...appreciation for originals notwithstanding, i think this song could really benefit from more of a rock than country treatment...
What a perfect way to finish a hot South Texas afternoon on the San Antonio River (at work) and head home for a cool beverage. The road does go on forever and the party truly never ends. Robert Earl Keen will be at John T Floore in Helotes on September 2, 2007. Be there and enjoy this song live, under the stars, with 2,000 other fans who know the words to every REK song. Yes, there will be some Aggies there also. Thanks RP for playing REK after Lyle Lovett (his Aggie friend)and, then, Grateful Dead. What could be better!
dbenwen wrote:
And REK covers James McMurtry. And McMurtry covers Townes Van Zandt.
I heard an interview with Joe Ely, and he said they've all done so many of each others' songs, sometimes they forget who wrote what. Bob Keen, Joe, Butch, Jimmie, the whole Lubbock gang. Townes is in a class by himself, but you knew that. Billy Joe Shaver is another whose influence reaches much farther than his notoriety, and he has the added (dis)advantage of having lived every word of his songs. If you like those folks, give a listen to JAMES HAND. He is an old-school cowboy singer-songwriter and sounds every bit the part. I think he plays a weekly gig at the Broken Spoke.
davin wrote:
Wow, this was a self destructive cliche in the first 5 seconds. Spectacularly bad. Yeehaw.
Sorry you feel that way. Us Texans (and T-sips) LOVE Robert Earl Keen, his college roommate, and a whole bunch of other spectacularly talented folks from the flatlands, wastelands, and hinterlands of Texas. See him live, you might change your tune. c.
Paints a vivid picture of a made-for-tv movie
Odyzzeuz wrote:
This is the ''Women are basicallly bitches'' song.
That's ridiculous...it's much more of a existential, shrug your shoulders and move on with life kind of thing.
Ugh.
Odyzzeuz wrote:
This is the ''Women are basicallly bitches'' song.
Sorry, it's more like the 'Some people make lousy choices' song. What else was she supposed to do? Might as well spend the money, honey. c.
davin wrote:
Wow, this was a self destructive cliche in the first 5 seconds. Spectacularly bad. Yeehaw.
Nice kneejerk. You're not gettin' it. Go see him live before you utter another work about Robert Earl.
davin wrote:
Sorry to hear that.
I don't necessarily agree with the sentiment but it was certainly well stated.
cmrump wrote:
Sorry, no sweet tea in TX. I discovered both REK & sweet tea after moving out of TX to NC. Love 'em both.
Actually, there's a lot of sweet tea in TX...visit the eastern part of the state sometime
This is classic REK, classic TX. When he starts this at his shows, the crowd usually goes crazy. Great song, great story, and great memories...
dreadpixie wrote:
I feel like I should be sitting on a porch in the South somewhere, drinking sweet iced tea and sweating my ass off. Listening to bad music.
Sorry, no sweet tea in TX. I discovered both REK & sweet tea after moving out of TX to NC. Love 'em both.
davin wrote:
Sorry to hear that.
:lol:
oufason wrote:
REK on a hot Texas Friday afternoon and beer o'clock is right around the corner! It doesnt get much better.
Sorry to hear that.
This is the ''Women are basicallly bitches'' song.
REK on a hot Texas Friday afternoon and beer o'clock is right around the corner! It doesnt get much better.
Sometimes when I hear when I hear a song that only contains I IV and V chords I get really depressed..
Wow, this was a self destructive cliche in the first 5 seconds. Spectacularly bad. Yeehaw.
Studio version is worthless compared to live.
What happens when you play country music backwards? (Not an REK fan...sorry.)
I feel like I should be sitting on a porch in the South somewhere, drinking sweet iced tea and sweating my ass off. Listening to bad music.
Typesbad wrote:
This guy is an amazing song writer. Check out any of his albums, and you'll find gems in every one. I'm still trying to figure out who is the better writer, him or his collage roomate (this guy from my high school with an asymmetrical face and funny hair). Either way it makes an Aggie proud. That said, it is a little difficult sitting through this one when you are familiar with the live version.
That other guy's hair isn't funny- its just put way up high like Mrs Thompson's...
This guy is an amazing song writer. Check out any of his albums, and you'll find gems in every one. I'm still trying to figure out who is the better writer, him or his collage roomate (this guy from my high school with an asymmetrical face and funny hair). Either way it makes an Aggie proud. That said, it is a little difficult sitting through this one when you are familiar with the live version.
The Joe Ely version of this is one of my all-time favorite songs. Believe it or not, I've never heard the REK version; Thanks, Bill!
rtkmusic wrote:
Awesome storytelling! Have seen Ely do this live - both solo and with a band. Ely's version is probably a bit better, but that is nitpicking.
I knew I heard this song two Fridays ago with Ely,Lovett,Clark and Hiatt!! Nice. This album is on my list.
Alpine wrote:
This song appeals to my inner white trash, redneck.
Them is them texin rednecks. The good rednecks is in apalacher.
Keith_Eel wrote:
ANOTHER DAMN AGGIE FROM TEXAS.....SORRY FOLKS YOU HAD TO BE SUBJECTED TO THIS FELLA....
Yeah, Robert Earl and Lyle are really stinkin' up the joint. Gotta love those narrow minded t-sips.
Alpine wrote:
This song appeals to my inner white trash, redneck. I'll give it a 7.
This song appeals to my inner white trash, redneck.
didn't you used to play the live version a lot?
Dang, RP is on fire today! :dancingbanana_2:
Keith_Eel wrote:
ANOTHER DAMN AGGIE FROM TEXAS.....SORRY FOLKS YOU HAD TO BE SUBJECTED TO THIS FELLA....
Gig'M
This is a great song....Don't really see what the previous debate is all about. How do you rate songs and performers relative to other performers is beyond me. Fact is, this song has attitude, gobs of it and it Moves Me, if you know what I mean..... Love it.
what a nice song, I like it really
wally42 wrote:
the difference is Dwight covers REK.
And REK covers James McMurtry. And McMurtry covers Townes Van Zandt. Regardless of unfortunate cover choices by Dwight (I Want You to Want Me comes to mind), I think he is the best country music singer performing today. REK is not that impressive, IMHO.
A home grown favorite! It's great to have one of our own played and praised here amongst many of the worlds' greats. Give a listen to 'Picnic' if you can.
ANOTHER DAMN AGGIE FROM TEXAS.....SORRY FOLKS YOU HAD TO BE SUBJECTED TO THIS FELLA....
dbenwen wrote:
I think REK is overrated...no one can touch Dwight Yoakam for currently performing country singers. More from Dwight,please Bill!
the difference is Dwight covers REK.
dbenwen wrote:
Todd Snider, I think.
He quotes this song in B-E-E-R-R-U-N. The boys in the song are going to a REK show in santa cruz or somewhere, and they get to sing with all thier friends...
I think REK is overrated...no one can touch Dwight Yoakam for currently performing country singers. More from Dwight,please Bill!
Awesome storytelling! Have seen Ely do this live - both solo and with a band. Ely's version is probably a bit better, but that is nitpicking.
Robert Earl Keene... awesome in concert! Santa Cruz and a girl named Susie... a Saturday night and the party never ended. :hug: Talk about your happy banana! :dancingbanana: Damn near sent me south of the border on a Gringo Honeymoon.
Thanks Bill. Nice balance.
Joe Ely did a much better, slightly less-country version of this toon. Much moodier and contempletive
The fiddle on this is really fine!
There was a guy I used to work with that went on and on about REK. I didn't like that guy, and I don't really like this music either. 2
I'd heard this done by Joe Ely and thought it a better version.
MrsAustin wrote:
I know the 'Beer Run song' ...I thought of that too when I heard the song playing.
LOVE THAT SONG!!!!!! "Bee, double EEE, double RRR,U - N!!!! All you need is a Ten, a Fiver, a car, a key and a sober driver!!!! :dancingbanana_2: :motor: :cheers:
Jack_Jefferson wrote:
From the lyrics, it looks like Sherry should have got the chair. So did Sonny confess to this crime to get Sherry in the clear? Like I said, this would make great movie material.
"Sonny gave her all the money, and blew a little kiss. Said 'If they ask you how this happened, say I forced you into this.'" So yeah, he definately took the fall.
Great song
AlienRelic wrote:
From the song: "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" Not just a botched drug deal, but a dead cop in an alleyway. That'll get you the chair, in Florida at least. Even if he didn't pull the trigger and could prove it, it's a death during the commission of a felony. That's a capital crime.
From the lyrics, it looks like Sherry should have got the chair. So did Sonny confess to this crime to get Sherry in the clear? Like I said, this would make great movie material.
Jack_Jefferson wrote:
Any truth to the rumor that this song is going to be made into a movie? It could work if you could stretch your imagination about the death penalty going that far. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I'm not sure that there has ever been a death sentence rendered based only on a botched drug deal. Anyway, it would be better than another movie based on a long forgotten TV show. The story in this song reminds me of Thelma & Louise (but with a man and a woman).
From the song: "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" Not just a botched drug deal, but a dead cop in an alleyway. That'll get you the chair, in Florida at least. Even if he didn't pull the trigger and could prove it, it's a death during the commission of a felony. That's a capital crime.
I don't get RP today. It's been non-stop country and butt rock...Seriously, change it up a little.
MrsAustin wrote:
I know the 'Beer Run song' ...I thought of that too when I heard the song playing.
is that the "B double E double R U N... beer run!" song? i've only heard it once, and nearly died from overexposure to awesomeness.
9 out of 10 drunk mooks can't be wrong. (ok, ok. "drunk mook" is redundant)
Any truth to the rumor that this song is going to be made into a movie? It could work if you could stretch your imagination about the death penalty going that far. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I'm not sure that there has ever been a death sentence rendered based only on a botched drug deal. Anyway, it would be better than another movie based on a long forgotten TV show. The story in this song reminds me of Thelma & Louise (but with a man and a woman).
MrsAustin wrote:
I know the 'Beer Run song' ...I thought of that too when I heard the song playing.
Dang i dont know that song by Todd, and i love him! and the live version of this song is one of the best guitar solos EVER!!!!
This would make my Desert Island Disc.....Without a doubt. Love it...Thanks RP.