Thursday, June 9, 2011

the Highwaymen - American remains

 **now a break for some true Americana**
the Highwaymen - American remains
[Johnny Cash:]
I am a shotgun rider,
For the San Jacinto line,
The desert is my brother,
My skin is cracked and dry.
I was ridin' on a folk coach
And everything was fine,
Till we took a shorter road to save some time.
The bandits only fired once,
They shot me in the chest.
They may have wounded me but,
They'll never get the best
Of better men.
'Cause I'll ride again.

[Waylon Jennings:]
I am a river gambler,
I make a livin' dealin' cards.
My clothes are smooth and honest,
My heart is cold and hard.
I was shufflin' for some delta boys,
On a boat for New Orleans,
I was the greatest shark they'd ever seen.
But the captain bumped a sandbar,
And an ace fell from my sleeve.
They threw me overboard,
As I swore I didn't cheat.
But I could swim.
And I'll ride again.

We are heroes of the homeland, American remains.
We live in many faces and answer many names.
We will not be forgotten, we won't be left behind.
Our memories live on in mortal minds and poets pens.
We'll ride again.

[Willie Nelson:]
I am a mid-west farmer,
I make a livin' off the land,
I ride a John Deere tractor,
I'm a liberated man.
But the rain it hasn't fallen,
Since the middle of July,
And if it don't come soon my crops will die.
The bank man says he likes me,
But there's nothin' he can do.
He tells me that he's comin',
But the clouds are comin' too.
He ain't my friend.
And I'll ride again.

[Kris Kristofferson:]
I am an American Indian,
My tribe is Cherokee.
My forefathers loved this land.
They left it here for me.
But the white man came with boats,
And trains and dirty factories,
An' poisened my existence with his deeds.
Nature is our mother,
We are sucklin's at her breast.
And he who trys to beat her down,
Will lose her to the rest.
They'll never win.
I'll ride again.

the Highwaymen - Highwayman
[Willie Nelson:]
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.

[Kris Kristofferson:]

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.

[Johnny Cash:]

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.

[Waylon Jennings:]

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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