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Johnny Cash Highwayman Lyrics

Last updated: 10/09/2013 08:20:44 AM

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 of 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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The White Buffalo version | Reviewer: Double G | 10/9/13

I have listened to The White Buffalo version and much prefer it to any other apart from the great man in black himself...JC. It has an honesty that compliments the lyrics and the chords.

Truly beautiful song that I am considering for my own funeral. Kind of describes how I see the great cycle of life and death.

haunting - bonechilling - a difficult masterpiece with which to reckon | Reviewer: jmhid | 1/15/13

I don't ever recall a song so good & real, but after listening to the foursome version approx 12 times in three days, I was emotionally forced to throw out the CD. I'd need the assistance of a theasaurus to explain harshness and repulsiveness of its magnificence.

WILLIE AND CHRYL | Reviewer: JANE JEAN | 1/10/12


Haunting | Reviewer: Anonymous | 5/17/11

Hi love this tune. My boyfriend, now fiance inrto'd me to it, and I've loved it ever since. I agree totally with JT Kirk, in that Campbell does it best. It was done in his PBS TV Special in South Dakota. The South Dakota Symphony are behind him. It's amazing. Haunting, grueling and sheer genious. He gives credit to Jimmy Web before he stars singing. I own the DVD, it's a must have for music lovers everywhere.

The Highwayman | Reviewer: J.T. Kirk | 8/6/10

Very few songwriters can paint such powerful imagery like Jimmy Webb. The first time I heard this song, it was on a Glen Campbell television special. I spent years looking for it, and Campbell released it as the title cut on a 1979 album. While most people are familiar with the Cash/Nelson/Jennings/Kristofferson release, I found the Campbell arrangement to be far superior. It starts off simply enough with an A-minor riff, which is then joined in by a banjo, and ends up with a full orchestra with soaring strings and subtle horns behind it. If you liked "The Highwaymen's" version, I highly recommend you give Campbell's release a listen. No matter which version you prefer, it's still one terrific song.

Inspirational | Reviewer: Ghostrider | 8/10/10

Jimmy Webb was inspired when he wrote this song. He was just waking up from a dream where he saw himself as a highwayman persecuted by a posse and about to get caught. What I love about this song is not only the music but its message. The idea that the soul is eternal is not new, but the magic of this son is that Webb conveys that idea in just one key sentence. I love it!

THE HIGHWAY | Reviewer: Natalie | 8/1/10

I loved this song! The fist time I heard it, I was told it was sung by Willie Nelson, but as I listened, I was sure that Johnny Cash was in there somewhere too, then I looked it up and a couple of other men contributed too! YAY JOHNNY!

Song Credit | Reviewer: Outlaw Fan | 8/11/09

I'm not sure why ya'll have identified The Highwayman as a Johnny Cash song.? It was written by Jimmy Webb, and performed by The Highwaymen, who were: Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Kris Kristofferson & Johnny Cash. ...and it's not called Highwayman, it's called THE Highwayman.

no big deal | Reviewer: George Jr | 8/20/07

just put a period after dam builder and after starship. and im pretty sure its Universe Divide, not Universe Divine

Highwayman | Reviewer: Anonymous | 8/7/04

Great song...I would like the melody too!?!