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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..
Six o' clock
In the morning, I feel pretty good
So I dropped into the luxury of the Lords
Fighting dragons and crossing swords
With the people against the hordes
Who came to conquer.
In the morning, here it comes
I taste the warning and I am so amazed
I'm here today, seeing things so clear this way
In the car and on my way
I'm flying in Winchester cathedral
Sunlight pouring through the break of day.
Stumbled through the door and into the chamber;
There's a lady setting flowers on a table covered lace
And a cleaner in the distance finds a cobweb on a face
And a feeling deep inside of me tells me
This can't be the place
I'm flying in Winchester cathedral.
All religion has to have its day
Expressions on the face of the Saviour
Made me say
I can't stay.
Open up the gates of the church and let me out of here!
Too many people have lied in the name of Christ
For anyone to heed the call.
So many people have died in the name of Christ
That I can't believe it all.
And now I'm standing on the grave of a soldier that died in 1799
And the day he died it was a birthday
And I noticed it was mine.
And my head didn't know just who I was
And I went spinning back in time.
And I am high upon the altar
High upon the altar, high.
I'm flying in Winchester cathedral,
It's hard enough to drink the wine.
The air inside just hangs in delusion,
But given time,
I'll be fine.
"The Highwayman," meanwhile, found a warm reception among country superstars. Glen Campbell made it the title track of a 1979 LP, and it was a big hit in 1985, logically enough, for the Highwaymen, the country supergroup with Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson, Waylon Jennings, and Willie Nelson. "I play an acoustic picking style on the piano which I sort of learned to do years ago," observed Webb in SongTalk. "Which is why 'Highwayman' sounds like a guitar song, I think. What really sugggested the song is a very vivid dream I had in London. And it was the only one I ever had like that. And in essnece, it's the first verse of the song. It was a wild pursuit of me by guys with...It was just terrying and I woke up and I had sweat pouring off of me. I had a piano in my suite and I went right to the piano."
Continued Jimmy, "The last three verses are kind of suggested by the first. I just put another layer on and then another layer on and worked on the original idea. It is not meant to be a personal account of channeling or anything like that. It has, for me, a lot of symbolism. It's about the kind of people who built this country up. The first verse is the rogue, the outlaw nation, the highwayman nation. The second verse is the seafaring nation; the trading and the growth of a nation, and its subsequent generations adding to that. And then the dam builder is a generation of construction and science and technology. And then the last verse is a spacefarer; he's gonna fly a starship. And so, it's an American allegory. It's Everyman, in a way...You know, I like that song so much that on the inner sleeve of my album, El Mirage, is a photo of Hoover Dam. That picture just terrifies me for some reason. It's so solemn, it's so...magnificent. It has such power, that image. The mass of that dam. And the truth is that guys were trapped in it."
Originally posted by Rhain
Here are the boys singing the song...enjoy all...