“Highwayman” released by The Highwaymen

I was a highwayman, along the coach roads I did ride,

With sword and pistol by my side.

Many a young maid lost her baubles to my trade.

Many a soldier shed his lifeblood on my blade.

The bastards hung me in the spring of twenty-five:

But I am still alive.


I was a sailor, I was born upon the tide.

And with the sea I did abide.

I sailed a schooner round the Horn to Mexico.

I went aloft and furled the mainsail in a blow.

And when the yards broke off, they said that I got killed:

But I am living still.


I was a dam builder across the river deep and wide;

Where steel and water did collide.

A place called Boulder on the wild Colorado,

I slipped and fell into the wet concrete below.

They buried me in that great tomb that knows no sound:

But I am still around.

I’ll always be around,

And around and around and around and around.


I fly a starship across the Universe divide.

And when I reach the other side,

I’ll find a place to rest my spirit if I can.

Perhaps I may become a highwayman again.

Or I may simply be a single drop of rain;

But I will remain.

And I’ll be back again,

And again and again and again and again.


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One response to ““Highwayman” released by The Highwaymen

  1. Highwayman was written and recorded by Jimmy Webb in 1977, but went on to become the perfect fit for Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Waylon Jennings and Johnny Cash, who decided to do a project together, and with the inspiration of this song, ‘The Highwaymen’ were born.
    Highwayman was the name of their first single and album, and went on to become the Billboard Hot Country No.1 for the week of 17 August 1985.

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