"The Race is On" is a song written by Don Rollins. It was originally performed by the late George Jones in 1964. Sawyer Brown released the song in 1989 on their album The Boys are Back. The Sawyer Brown version went to #5 on the U.S. Billboard Country chart.

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I feel tears wellin' up cold deep inside
like my heart's sprung a big break
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 any 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 hearts 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 ventured in love
never once suspectin' what the final result would be
and how I lived in fear of waking up each morning
finding that you're 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
and I came out in second place



"The Race is On" appears on four Sawyer Brown albums:

Music VideoEdit

The music video for "The Race is On" was directed by John Lloyd Miller. It featured behind the scenes footage of Sawyer Brown on tour.

The Race is On

The Race is On