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.

[All 4:]

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 sucklins at her breast.

And he who tries to beat her down,

Will lose her to the rest.

They’ll never win.

I’ll ride again.

[All 4:]

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.

The Highwaymen Welfare Line

[Nelson]

Well, now boys, I’ve been to Bethlehem

Rode there on a big steam train

Lost two fingers in the steel mills

And I ain’t goin’ back again

[Cash]

I fought for my country

Lord knows, I did my best

Crawlin’ ‘cross some foreign field

They pinned a ribbon to my chest

[All]

So, pass around the bottle, boys, let’s talk about old times

Like rollin’ in this bowl of sin, here on the welfare line

[Nelson]

Served on the Georgia Road Gang

Couldn’t pay the debts I owe

‘Cause I’m not made of silver

And I ain’t never seen no gold

[Cash]

I still remember Rachael

Soft as a velvet gown

They laid her in the pauper’s grave

On the other side of town

[All]

So, pass around the bottle, boys, let’s talk about old times

Like rollin’ in this bowl of sin, here on the welfare line

[Jennings]

I know some folks are born of money

You know I wish them well

If the devil would ever want my soul

I swear I’d never sell

[All]

So, pass around the bottle, boys, let’s talk about old times

Like rollin’ in this bowl of sin, here on the welfare line

Pass around the bottle, boys, let’s talk about old times

Like rollin’ in this bowl of sin, here on the welfare line

The Highwaymen Born And Raised In Black And White

[Waylon Jennings]

The wind blows hard across the Texas plains

Makes some people go insane

While others quietly pray for rain

That’s where we came from

Two boys playing in the burning sun

One with books,one with guns

Mama calls but just one comes

[Willie Nelson]

The other one runs

[All]

In a crystal sense of wrong and right

We were born and raised in black and white

One learned to pray,one loved to fight

We were born and raised in black and white

We were born and raised in black and white

[Kris Kristofferson]

Brother took to the gospel road

Spent his whole live saving souls

When he looked at me his blood ran cold

He didn’t even try

[Waylon Jennings]

I had no dreams, I had no plans

But a gun felt good in my right hand

The warden asked how come you killed that man

I said I don’t know why

[All]

Welcome home said the hot moonlight

We were born and raised in black and white

One lives to pray,one prays for life

We were born and raised in black and white

We were born and raised in black and white

[Waylon Jennings]

Someone handed me a cigarette

They offered me my last request

I asked my mortal soul be blessed

By someone close to me

He came to me with trembling hands

He swore he’d never understand

I said it’s just what life had planned

It’s destiny

[All]

Don’t waste your tears on me tonight

We were born and raised in black and white

I chose the dark,you chased the light

We were born and raised in black and white

We were born and raised in black and white

[Willie Nelson]

The wind blows hard across the Texas plains

Makes some people go insane

[Waylon Jennings]

While others quietly pray for rain

The Highwaymen Against The Wind

[Jennings]

It seems like yesterday

But it was long ago

She was lovely, she was the queen of our nights

There in the darkness, with the radio playing low

The secrets that we shared

The mountains that we moved

Caught like a wildfire and out of control

There was nothin’ left to burn and nothin’ left to prove

[Cash]

And I remember what she said to me

How she swore that it would never end

I remember how she held me oh so tight

Wish I didn’t know now what I didn’t know then

[All]

Against the wind

We were runnin’ against the wind

We were young and strong

But just runnin’ against the wind

[Nelson]

The years rolled slowly past

I found myself alone

Surrounded by strangers I thought were my friends

I found myself further and further from my home

I guess I lost my way

There were oh so many roads

I was livin’ to run and runnin’ to live

Never worryin’ about payin’ or how much I owed

Movin’ eight miles a minute for months at a time

Breakin’ all the rules I could bend

I began to find myself searchin’

Searchin’ for shelter again and again

[All]

Against the wind

We were runnin’ against the wind

I found myself seekin’ shelter against the wind

[Nelson]

All those drifter’s days are past me now

I’ve got so much more to think about

[Cash]

Deadlines and commitments

What to leave in, what to leave out

[All]

Against the wind

We were runnin’ against the wind

We found ourselves seekin’ shelter against the wind

Against the wind

Against the wind

The Highwaymen Pick Up The Tempo

[Nelson:]

Some people say,

It’s time to take care of people like me.

That I’m livin’ too fast,

And they say I can’t last much longer.

Little they see,

That their thoughts of me as my saviour,

Little do they know,

That the beat ought to go a little bit faster.

So let’s pick up the tempo just a little,

And take it on home.

(Cowboy.)

The singer ain’t singin’,

And the drummer’s been draggin’ too long.

Time will take care of itself,

So just leave time alone.

Pick up the tempo just a little,

And take it on home.

[Willie plays the wrong note on the guitar and tells himself it should be a C.” Others laugh.]

I’m wild and I’m mean,

I’m creatin’ a scene and I’m gone crazy.

I’m good and I’m bad,

I’m happy and I’m sad and I’m lazy.

I’m quiet and I’m loud,

And I’m gatherin’ a crowd. I like gravy.

I’m about half off the wall,

But I learned it all in the Navy.

[Laughing]

[Waylon and others join in:]

Lets pick up the tempo just a little,

And take it on home. (Yeah.)

The singer ain’t singin’,

And the drummer’s been draggin’ too long.

Time will take care of itself,

So just leave time alone.

Pick up the tempo just a little,

And take it on home.

Take it on home.

The Highwaymen Closer To The Bone

Closest to the bone

Sweeter is the meat

Last slice of Virginia ham

Is the best that you can eat

Don’t talk about my baby

She’s slender but she’s sweet

Closest to the bone

And sweeter is the meat

Now she’d make a good thermometer

If she drank a glass of wine

She’s built just like a garter snake

She climbs up like a vine

My friends tell me I’m a fool

To love a girl like that

Here’s the reason I like ’em slim

Instead of big and fat

‘Cause closest to the bone

Sweeter is the meat

Last slice of Virginia ham

Is the best that you can eat

Now don’t talk about my baby

She’s slender but she’s sweet

Umm, closest to the bone

And sweeter is the meat

Let’s go

Yeah, let’s go, yeah, boy

Attaboy

One more, one more

One more, one more

Yeah, boy

In the moonlight…..

Yeah, closest to the bone, yeah

Ahh, look out now

Now she’d make a first class fountain pen

If she only knew how to write

Her figure’s like a piece of string

Umm, she rolls up every night

Everybody thinks that I’m a nut

To love this lovely worm

Boy there’s one reason I like ’em slim

Instead of round and firm

‘Cause closest to the bone

Sweeter is the meat

Last slice of Virginia ham

Is the best that you can eat

Now don’cha talk about my baby

She’s slender but she’s sweet, umm

Closest to the bone

Umm, sweet, I got another one now,

Listen here

Umm, she’d make a fine piccolo

If she only stayed on key

Boy she’s shaped like a rubber band

And she loves to snap at me

Everybody thinks I’m insane

To overlook her faults

But here’s the reason I like ’em skinny

Instead of full of schmaltz

‘Cause closest to the bone

Sweeter is the meat

Last slice of Virginia ham

Is the best that you can eat

Don’t talk about my baby

She’s slender but she’s sweet

And it’s closest to the bone

And sweeter is the meat

The Highwaymen Death And Hell

She stepped down from her carriage,

At Ten Vermillon Street.

I took off my roustabout,

And slung it at her feet.

We went into her parlor,

And she cooled me with her fan,

But said, “I’ll go no further,

With a fantasy-makin’ man.”

I said, “I’d walk on the Ponchatrain,

For what you have today.”

Just a drink from your deep well,

And I’ll be on my way.

She laughed and heaven filled the room.

Said, “This I give to you,

This body’s wisdom is the flesh,

But here’s a thing or two.

“Death and hell are never full.

And neither are the eyes of men.

Cats can fly from nine stories high.

And pigs can see the wind.”

She let me make my pallet,

In the moonlight on the floor.

Just outside of paradise,

But right in hell’s back door.

The image of her nibbled,

At the eye of my soul.

My dreams were a hurricane,

And quite out of control.

Then her voice came through the storm,

It’s more than flesh I deal.

And you will have to pay,

For any wisdom that you steal

I woke to tinted windows,

In lavender and red.

The first station of the cross,

Is just above my head.

I awoke to gargoyles,

And a hard bench for my bed

Jesus Christ and Pontias Pilate,

Were just above my head.

Death and hell are never full.

And neither are the eyes of men.

Cats can fly from nine stories high.

And pigs can see the wind.

The Highwaymen Silver Stallion

[Kris Kristofferson:]

I’m gonna steal a silver stallion,

With not a mark upon his silky hide

Teach him he can trust me like a brother,

One day we’ll saddle up and ride

[All together, Johnny Cash lead:]

And we’re gonna ride,we’re gonna ride

Ride like the one eyed jack of diamonds

With the devil close behind

We’re gonna ride

[Waylon Jennings:]

I’m gonna find me a reckless woman,

Razor blades and dice in her eyes

Just a touch of sadness in her fingers,

Thunder and lightening in her thighs

[All together, Johnny Cash lead:]

And we’re gonna ride,we’re gonna ride

Ride like the one eyed jack of diamonds

With the devil close behind

We’re gonna ride

[Willie Nelson:]

I’m gonna chase the sky forever,

With the woman and the stallion and the wind

The sun is gonna burn into a cinder,

Before we ever pass this way again

[All together, Johnny Cash lead:]

And we’re gonna ride,we’re gonna ride

Ride like the one eyed jack of diamonds

With the devil close behind

We’re gonna ride

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

[Waylon Jennings:]

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…

[Johnny Cash:]

I’ll 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…

The Highwaymen We’re All In Your Corner

[Willie Nelson:]

There’s a young man in town,

Slip-slidin’ around.

He likes to roll free and easy.

There’s only his way,

He calls all the plays.

And he lives on his island alone.

[Waylon Jennings:]

But the sea is for sure

To test all the moors

Dropping off treasures from places unknown.

Worth more than gold

To only be sold.

By this young man of stone.

All, with various lead singers per line:

And we’re all in your corner tonight as friends.

Watching you stumble the path where we’ve been.

Hope your eyes open and you see the light.

We’re all in your corner tonight.

[Kris Kristofferson:]

The life boat we had was fragile and frail.

By the time we set sail life’s half over.

Water’s the view, drown out the truth.

He’s got to have proof that he’s grown.

[Johnny Cash:]

There is no map to chart

A voyage of the heart.

The love is a journey you make on your own.

And if you don’t take the chance,

The angels won’t dance,

With an old man of stone.

All, with various lead singers per line:

And we’re all in your corner tonight as friends.

Watching you stumble the path where we’ve been.

Hope your eyes open and you see the light.

We’re all in your corner tonight.

Hope your eyes open and you see the light.

We’re all in your corner tonight.