Oh Sherrie

Steve Perry

About Oh Sherrie

Not to be confused with Sherry by The Four Seasons."Oh Sherrie" is a song written by American singer Steve Perry, Randy Goodrum, Craig Krampf, and Bill Cuomo. It was recorded and released on Perry's first solo album Street Talk in 1984, which he released while still a member of Journey. The song is often regarded as an "honorary" Journey song, being credited to the band on several hit compilation albums and in other media, largely due to its resemblance to the band's trademark sound, as well as their performances of the song on the Raised on Radio Tour, which proved to be Perry's live swansong with the band. The song is written in F major. The song was Perry's biggest hit as a solo artist and written for his then-girlfriend Sherrie Swafford, who also appeared in the music video. The song hit number three on the pop chart and number one on the rock chart in the United States, partly aided in its success by a music video released to promote the song, which received heavy airplay on MTV. 


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You should've been gone
Knowing how I made you feel
And I should've been gone
After all your words of steel
Oh I must've been a dreamer (must've been a dreamer, oh)
And I must've been someone else (someone else)
And we should've been over (over by now)

Oh Sherrie, our love
Holds on, holds on
Oh Sherrie, our love
Holds on, holds on

But I want to let go
You'll go on hurtin' me
You'd be better off alone
If I'm not who you thought I'd be

But you know that there's a fever
Oh, that you'll never find nowhere else
Can't you feel it burnin', on and on

Oh Sherrie, our love
Holds on, holds on
Oh Sherrie, our love
Holds on, holds on
Oh Sherrie

But I should've been gone
Long ago, far away
And you should've been gone
Now I know just why you stay

Oh Sherrie, our love
Holds on, holds on
Oh Sherrie, our love
Holds on, holds on

Oh Sherrie, our love
Holds on, holds on

Hold on, oh Sherrie

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Steve Perry

Stephen Ray Perry is an American singer, songwriter and record producer. He is best known as the lead singer of the rock band Journey during their most commercially successful periods from 1977 to 1987 and again from 1995 to 1998. more »

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10 facts about this song

Song Origin
"Oh Sherrie" was written by Steve Perry, Randy Goodrum, Craig Krampf, and Bill Cuomo.
The song is from Steve Perry's debut solo album, "Street Talk," which was released in 1984.
Chart Performance
"Oh Sherrie" peaked at number three on the United States Billboard Hot 100 and was also number one on Billboard's Rock chart for four consecutive weeks.
Song Subject
The song was written about Steve Perry's real-life girlfriend at the time, Sherrie Swafford, who also appeared in the song's music video.
Music Video
The music video for "Oh Sherrie" begins with Perry and his band performing the song onstage for a mock music video. Perry walks off set and begins singing the song in real-life as he roams around the studio.
Single Sales
"Oh Sherrie" was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for over 500,000 sales of the single.
"Oh Sherrie" is considered by many to be Steve Perry's signature song, and it still receives considerable airplay on classic rock and adult contemporary radio stations.
Live Performance
Despite its popularity, Steve Perry refrained from performing "Oh, Sherrie" in his live concerts following his time with the band Journey, primarily as he wanted to distance his solo work from his work with the band.
Song Length
The length of "Oh Sherrie" is 3 minutes and 48 seconds.
Impact on Personal Life
Despite the fame and popularity of the song, Perry and Sherrie Swafford eventually ended up parting ways. Perry has reportedly stayed single since then, affirming the strong impact Swafford had on his life.

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