Best incarnation of the Highwayman in "The Highwayman" by Willie, Waylon, Kris, & Johnny

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been kind of obsessed with how fucking weird this song is overall.

which incarnation of the highwayman is the best????? he lives his life in various forms over and over for eternity

Poll Results

OptionVotes
Highwayman 3 – The Dambuilder, lived where steel & water did collide, fell into wet concrete in Boulder, CO, entombed f 6
Highwayman 1 - The Highwayman, career criminal, scourge of the coach roads, hung in the spring of '25 5
Highwayman 4 - Space Highwayman, flew in starship across the universe, took rest and waited to be born again as a drop 3
Highwayman 2 – The Sailor, born upon the tide, died when the ship's yards broke off when he was unfurling the main 0


U.S. State Department, Office of Rare Psych (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, 20 November 2012 17:28 (2 years ago) Permalink

...entombed forever

...as a drop of rain

U.S. State Department, Office of Rare Psych (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, 20 November 2012 17:29 (2 years ago) Permalink

I like #1

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 20 November 2012 17:35 (2 years ago) Permalink

yeah #1 is the frontrunner for sure....

frankly i'll be surprised if Kris's verse gets one vote, he sounds like a dork mostly

U.S. State Department, Office of Rare Psych (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, 20 November 2012 17:37 (2 years ago) Permalink

i think about #3 whenever we drive up past this dam

is there a dude in there i don't knooooow

tylerw, Tuesday, 20 November 2012 17:39 (2 years ago) Permalink

space highwayman is p lol

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 20 November 2012 17:49 (2 years ago) Permalink

that great tomb that knows no sound

U.S. State Department, Office of Rare Psych (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, 20 November 2012 18:00 (2 years ago) Permalink

oh shit i just looked it up, this song was written by jimmy webb, that makes total sense, what a weirdo

U.S. State Department, Office of Rare Psych (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, 20 November 2012 18:00 (2 years ago) Permalink

cry my fuckin eyes out to every verse of this tune

too many encores (underrated aerosmith bootlegs I have owned), Tuesday, 20 November 2012 18:03 (2 years ago) Permalink

lol really...? man, i always thought that it was a collab between the highwaymen, like they were just bs-ing in the studio. damn. guess webb makes sense though.

tylerw, Tuesday, 20 November 2012 18:05 (2 years ago) Permalink

xp! not laughing at aero crying.

tylerw, Tuesday, 20 November 2012 18:06 (2 years ago) Permalink

reminds me of my dad in lots of good ways.

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 20 November 2012 18:06 (2 years ago) Permalink

yeah the Webb version is on El Mirage and is beautiful in every way. I can't even say how it is that "any many a soldier left his lifeblood on my blade" fucking rips my heart out, but it does - it's in the melody mainly I think, those incredible Webb changes. but the resolve on each verse, the "I am living still" - Christ I could write a book about the craft of this lyric, the gentle build into a profound depth. I don't like "it all goes 'round and 'round" but isn't the Highwaymen version "I'll always be around"?

I'll find a place to rest my spirit, if I can
Perhaps I may become a highwayman again

unfuckingbelievable

too many encores (underrated aerosmith bootlegs I have owned), Tuesday, 20 November 2012 18:13 (2 years ago) Permalink

on the Highwaymen version I think Waylon is the clear winner - his delivery of "on the wild Colorado" stills the wind, it's amazing

too many encores (underrated aerosmith bootlegs I have owned), Tuesday, 20 November 2012 18:15 (2 years ago) Permalink

but isn't the Highwaymen version "I'll always be around"?

^yep

his delivery of "on the wild Colorado" stills the wind, it's amazing

was just thinking about this & i might vote for the dambuilder actually

also the way Johnny just bullied his way into the track with "AAAAAAH'LL fly a STARship/across the UNI-verse divide" is pretty great too

U.S. State Department, Office of Rare Psych (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, 20 November 2012 18:18 (2 years ago) Permalink

i like this detail from wikipedia: "Webb then brought the song to Glen Campbell, who recorded it in 1978. But his record label, Capitol Records, wanted him to go in a different direction and record music like the group The Knack."

tylerw, Tuesday, 20 November 2012 18:24 (2 years ago) Permalink

u_u

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 20 November 2012 18:32 (2 years ago) Permalink

gentle on my sharona

tylerw, Tuesday, 20 November 2012 18:39 (2 years ago) Permalink

somehow every comment on this thread is otm: "#1 is the frontrunner for sure", "space highwayman is p lol", "this song was written by jimmy webb, that makes total sense", "cry my fuckin eyes out to every verse of this tune", "delivery of "on the wild Colorado" stills the wind"

this song is magic

g simmel, Tuesday, 20 November 2012 19:21 (2 years ago) Permalink

it's like a lullaby

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 20 November 2012 19:23 (2 years ago) Permalink

btw an aerosmith cover of this would be great imo

U.S. State Department, Office of Rare Psych (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, 20 November 2012 21:25 (2 years ago) Permalink

oh and i should say the reason i made this poll is because my honey & me took our first post baby getaway and our little one stayed w/grandma this weekend...we went to two harbors, MN, north of duluth (the air conditioned city)

anyway we stayed at a nice lodge overlooking the lake but didn't feel like trekking back to duluth for anything fancy so we just ate at a little pizza place in two harbors on sat nite and then went to the american legion in two harbors

it was really big and not very full, mostly old timers doing hard drinking, looked like everyone there was there every day...anyway there was this guy there playing acoustic guitar and singing, half covers and half originals...

the originals sound like "it's been awhile" by staind was like his ultimate song, just super ponderous and depressing (especially in the context), he had a friend that kept asking for tips, which fine, we gave him a few bucks, but then he would come by like four times more asking for more money (was really drunk)

he covered "wild world" by cat stevens because an old ex-hippie looking dude asked him to and he also played "my maria" (assuming the brooks & dunn version) but on the last chorus he kept saying "gonnerhea I got you" instead of my maria

but then he did the highwaymen and it was sort of odd and amazing because he did fairly accurate imitations of willie, kris, waylon, and johnny's voices for the appropriate verses....all to like 15 ppl at the american legion, but the crowd seemed to love it, i think it's his signature schtick.

U.S. State Department, Office of Rare Psych (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, 20 November 2012 21:29 (2 years ago) Permalink

that is an awesome story!!

btw an aerosmith cover of this would be great imo

have considered it, most recently in response to this thread. but the "start sobbing mid-line" thing might be a problem

too many encores (underrated aerosmith bootlegs I have owned), Tuesday, 20 November 2012 21:32 (2 years ago) Permalink

performance art imo

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 20 November 2012 21:45 (2 years ago) Permalink

Waylon verse #3.

jetfan, Wednesday, 21 November 2012 02:37 (2 years ago) Permalink

here's webb doing it live last week: http://www.bigozine2.com/TRKSB3/JWboston/JWboston102.mp3

tylerw, Sunday, 25 November 2012 21:00 (2 years ago) Permalink

this fuckin song

love the randomness of the selection of the characters, the no-thread runnin through it that still holds it together somehow. Aero otm, the melody is just ridic suggestive of import and meaning beyond the words, until that last verse just comes in and goes for home run of fuckin nuttiness, johnny's a spaceman now huh well fuckit i guess if louis l'amour can write about interdimensional rifts then all bets are off hallelujah just roll with it mysticism

bill paxman (darraghmac), Monday, 26 November 2012 03:02 (2 years ago) Permalink

KK's my boy; you can't slag anyone who wrote "Sunday Morning Coming Down" or "Me & Bobby McGee".

So it's no fault of his own that compared to the rest of the Highwaymen, Kris was Clayton Wilbury.

pplains, Monday, 26 November 2012 03:13 (2 years ago) Permalink

you gotta be able to sift gold writer kris from schlock writer kris and hope with every finger and toe crossed that the kris who sings the pilgrim shows up to sing the works of the former, and not the guy who sings 'one more time with feeling' singing the collected ouevre of the latter

bill paxman (darraghmac), Monday, 26 November 2012 03:19 (2 years ago) Permalink

3 weeks pass...

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Thursday, 20 December 2012 00:01 (1 year ago) Permalink

remember to vote ppl

Andrew WKRP (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Thursday, 20 December 2012 00:01 (1 year ago) Permalink

thansk for reminding me!

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 20 December 2012 00:07 (1 year ago) Permalink

it was weird to vote against Willie (whose verse is better written, I think) but Waylon just possesses his verse

that live version Tyler links is INCREDIBLE, thank you for that

too many encores (underrated aerosmith bootlegs I have owned), Thursday, 20 December 2012 00:10 (1 year ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Friday, 21 December 2012 00:01 (1 year ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

i have just discovered this song recently via the arboretum cover and holy hell what a song

call all destroyer, Saturday, 2 February 2013 03:02 (1 year ago) Permalink

metaphysical country might be the best music

call all destroyer, Saturday, 2 February 2013 03:06 (1 year ago) Permalink

Fo sho

downton arby (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Saturday, 2 February 2013 03:48 (1 year ago) Permalink


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