The Highwayman

Thanks to Waylon, Willie, and the boys, this got stuck in my head this weekend.

It’s not exactly country music (more on that Wednesday), and the version I first heard was Irish.

The Makem and Clancy version brings memories of driving through the San Juan Mountains one a chilly, cloudy June day. It’s the version I imprinted on. Jimmy Webb wrote and recorded it in 1977 after a dream, and it was picked up by a lot of other musicians, but only 8-10 years later.

I’m recovering from a grading/computer irritation/editing marathon, so I’ll come back to this and some other Highwaymen (Waylon, Cash, Kristofferson, and Willie) songs on Wednesday. And if you want something really different . . .

(Fair warning, it’s a heavy metal cover.)



4 thoughts on “The Highwayman

  1. It is what it is.
    The Highwaymenwere a living legend, and their songs will live forever. When the twentieth century was almost over, they sang songs that made a difference, and told us “we’re all in your corner” when sang about American remains, or the anthem ’84.
    The road goes on forever, but I do believe we’ll be desperados waiting for a train at the end of understanding before we see their like again.
    Everyone gets crazy now and then, but if you don’t like them, you should be committed too Parkview.

  2. Yep, good song! Jimmy Webb was a master of catching the mood and tone with his songs!

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