She was cruising down the Big Sur coast,
Looking for a little romance.
I was walking the edge of Highway One,
Hoping for a second chance.
She pulled that Ford to the side of the road.
I opened the door, got in.
Said, “My name’s Adam, baby. What’s yours?”
She said, “They call me Original Sin.”
She didn’t look like no high-school sweetheart.
She was no obvious beauty queen.
But she had something every man knows,
That fire that’s felt not seen.
We coasted down that seaside highway
Until the evening fog rolled in,
Then checked ourselves into the Pines Motel,
Where I first knew Original Sin.
When I awoke the next morning
The room held nothing but me and a note.
“Nice knowing you, Adam, but I gotta roll.
See you around sometime,” she wrote.
I wandered on down the side of the road,
Feeling just strange and tired.
Stuck out a thumb and a rig pulled over,
Said, “You want a job moving, you’re hired.”
We drifted along the curves below Sur
For most of that foggy morning,
Crawled over a hill and into a bunch
Of cops and cars with no warning.
Below the carved cliffs, out on the rocks
Was the smoldering wreck of a Ford.
Gulls swarmed above it, calling and calling,
Looking for a little reward.
“Another damn fool,” said the trucker.
“Took the curve just a little too quick.
I seen it before and I’ll see it again.
It’s a killer of a road when it’s slick.”
He edged round the cops and the gawkers,
Hit the gas, downshifted the gears.
“Pull over,” I said, ” and let me get out.
Far as I go is right here.”
I walked back to the Sur and got me a job.
Worked hard, got some money laid in,
And opened this bar by the side of the road,
And I named it Original Sin.
And sometimes halfway to morning,
When the last of the drunks have rolled home,
I find myself down by the Pines Motel,
And I know that I’m never alone,
Know now that I’m never alone.
And that’s my sad old story, pal.
Just one of a million I hear.
But this tale is mine to know and to tell.
Tell me yours and I’ll buy you a beer.
Tell me yours and its worth
One cold beer.