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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
Written by: STEPHEN RAY PERRY, BILL CUOMO, RANDY GOODRUM, CRAIG KRAMPF
Lyrics © BMG Rights Management, Round Hill Music Big Loud Songs, Downtown Music Publishing, PHOSPHENE MUSIC
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10 facts about this song
"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.
"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.
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.
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.
"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.
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.
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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