The Race Is On

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I feel tears wellin' up cold and deep inside
Like my heart's sprung a big leak
And a stab of loneliness sharp and painful
That I may never shake

You might say that I was taking it hard
Since you wrote me off with a call
But don't you wager that I'll hide in sorrow
When I may lay right down and bawl

Now the race is on
And here comes pride in the backstretch
Heartaches goin' to the inside
My tears are holdin' back, they're tryin' not to fall

My heart's out of the runnin'
True love's scratched for another's sake
The race is on and it looks like heartaches
And the winner loses all

One day I'd ventured in love
Never once suspectin' what the final result would be
And how I lived in fear of waking up each morning
Thinking that you'd gone from me

There's ache and pain in my heart
For today was the one that I hated to face
Somebody new came up to win her
I came out in second place

Well the race is on
And here comes pride in the backstretch
Heartaches goin' to the inside
My tears are holdin' back, they're tryin' not to fall

My heart's out of the runnin'
True love's scratched for another's sake
The race is on and it looks like heartaches
And the winner loses all

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The Race Is On (unreleased cover)
Written byDon Rollins
Performed byElvis Costello & The Sugarcanes

First known performance:
June 9, 2009, Red Bank, NJ
Last known performance:
July 1, 2010, Dublin, Ireland
     (24 known performances)


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Recordings by other artists

 Jimmie Gray  1963 The Race Is Onsingle
George Jones  1964 I Get Lonely In A Hurry AMG
 George Jones  1964 The Race Is Onsingle
 Jack Jones  1965 My Kind Of Town
Loretta Lynn  1965 Blue Kentucky Girl
 Kitty Wells  1965 Lonesome, Sad & Blue
Waylon Jennings  1969 Don't Think Twice
Conway Twitty  1976 This Time I've Hurt Her More
Grateful Dead  1981 Reckoning
Dave Edmunds  1981 Twangin... AMGWikipedia
 Sawyer Brown  1989 The Boys Are Back
George Jones & Travis Tritt  1994 The Bradley Barn Sessions
Merle Haggard  2006 Jones Sings Haggard, Haggard Sings Jones: Kickin' Out The Footlights Again

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