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Johnny works in a factory and billy works downtownTerry works in a rock ’n’ roll band looking for that million-dollar soundMe I got a little job down in darlington but some nights I don’t goSome nights I go to the drive-in and some night I stay homeYou see I followed that dream just like those guys do way up on the screenWith a built-up challenger down route 9Through the dead ends and all the bad scenesAnd when the promise was broken I cashed in a few of my old dreamsYou see I built that challenger by myselfBut I needed money and so I sold itAnd I lived a secret I should have kept to myselfBut I got drunk one night and I told itAll my life I fought that fightThe one that I can’t ever winAnd everyday it just gets harder to liveThe dreams I’m believing inThunder roadOh baby you were so rightThunder roadThere’s something dying on the highway tonightWell now my daddy taught me how to walk quietAnd how to make my peace with the pastAnd I learned real good to tighten up insideAnd I don’t say nothin’ unless I’m askedWhen the promise is broken you go on livin’But it takes something from down in your soulLike when the truth is spokenAnd it don’t make no differenceSomething in your heart turns coldYou see I followed that dream, me and some guysThrough the dead ends and all the two-bit barsWhen the promise was brokenI was drunk and far away from homeSleeping with a stranger in the back seat of a borrowed carThunder roadAnd when it washes away with the rainThunder roadYou learn to walk among the remainsThunder roadI remember when me and terry we’d always sayThunder roadWe were gonna take it allAnd throw it allAway

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