Friday, September 4, 2009

The Highway

From the incomparable Willie Nelson:


Drove in on the four-lane, where the two-lane used to be.
The Highway hummed a near-forgotten tune, from 1963;
The year I turned 18 and set my sights, and heard The Highway call,
Now The Highway's come full-circle, to a place I scarce recall.

There was a lovely lady, whose face I can't recall,
I gave her all I had to give but she tried to take it all.
I stayed long enough to love her, then left her on the run;
Like a yellow rose to wither, 'neath that deep deep Texas sun.

There's a place out on The Highway where I go to spend my time,
Where the bartenders all know me, and the players are friends of mine.
And we light up off the brakes and talk of things that we all know...
But I've heard it all before. And I'll hear it all again,
'Cause I've heard it said, The Highway never ends.


So, what about ol' handsome Johnny, and the Class of '64?
Did the ladies all make promises, when they shipped him off to war?
Did his momma get the medal? Did his country ever win?
Let's drink a round for Johnny, for he died for all our sins.

You can see 'em in the factories. They're still sweatin' in the mills.
They've toiled there for years, Lord. And I guess they always will.
And You know they won't believe it. I can't watch 'em die that way,
So in my rear view mirror, I'll just watch them slip away.

There's a place out on The Highway, where I go to spend my time,
Where the bartenders all know me, and the players are friends of mine.
And we light up off the brakes and talk of things that we all know...
But I've heard it all before. And I'll hear it yet again,
'Cause I've heard it said, The Highway never ends...

The Highway never ends...

The Highway never ends.


And if anyone knows where I can buy his album A Horse Called Music on CD, get in touch...yesterday!

2 comments:

YELLOWDOG GRANNY said...

i like that very much

ThePogueDaddy said...

I love this song. Here is how he sings it on the (great) album:

I drove in on the four-lane, where the two-lane used to be.
The Highway hummed a near-forgotten tune, from 1963;
The year I turned 18 and set my sights, and heard The Highway call,
Now The Highway's come full-circle, to a place I scarce recall.

There’s a girl I still remember, whose name I can't recall,
I gave her what I had, but then she tried to take it all.
And I stayed long enough to love her, then left her on the run;
Like a flower left to wither, in that deep East Texas sun.

There's a place out on The Highway where I go to spend my time,
Where the bartenders all know me, and the players are friends of mine.
And we light up on the breaks and talk of things that we all know...
But I've heard it all before, and I'll hear it all again,
And I've heard it said, The Highway never ends...

So, what about old handsome Johnny, in the Class of '64?
Did the women all make promises, when they shipped him off to war?
Did his momma get the medal? And did his country ever win?
Well, let's drink a round for Johnny, cuz he died for all our sins.

They're still down there in the factories. You can see 'em in the mills.
They've sweated there for years, Lord, I guess they always will.
And you know they won't be leavin’ and I can't watch 'em die that way,
So in my rear view mirror, I'll just watch them slip away.

There's a place out on The Highway, where I go to spend my time,
Where the bartenders all know me, and the players are friends of mine.
And we light up on the breaks and talk of things that we all know...
But I've heard it all before. And I'll hear it all again,
And I've heard it said, The Highway never ends...

The Highway never ends...

The Highway never ends.