The Highwaymen Waiting For A Long Time

[Nelson:]

I’ve been waitin’ for a girl like you.

[All 4:]

Been waitin’ for a long time.

[Nelson:]

And I’ve been waitin’ for a love that’s true.

[All 4:]

Been waitin’ for a long time.

[Jennings:]

I been waitin’ for blue skies.

Been waitin’ for blue eyes.

[All 4:]

Waitin’ for a long time.

[Jennings:]

I’ve been standin’ in the pourin’ rain.

Waitin’ for you-oo.

[All 4:]

Waitin’ for a long time.

[Cash:]

I’ve been starin’ at a miracle of mysery.

[All 4:]

Been waitin’ for a long time.

I’ve been prayin’ for a miracle of mystery.

[All 4:]

Been waitin’ for a long time.

[Kristofferson:]

I’ve been hopin’ that some day,

Love will find me some way, yeah.

[All 4:]

Waitin’ for a long time.

[Cash:]

I’ve been waitin’ for a long, lost train,

Waitin’ for you-oo-oo.

[All 4:]

Waitin’ for a long time.

[Nelson:]

I’ve been waitin’ for a girl like you.

[All 4:]

I been waitin’ for a long time.

[Nelson:]

And I’ve been waitin’ for a love that’s true.

[All 4:]

I’ve been waitin’ for a long time.

[Cash:]

I’ve been hopin’ that some day,

Love will find me some way.

[All 4:]

Waitin’ for a long time.

[Jennings:]

I’ve been standin’ in the pourin’ rain,

Waitin’ for you-oo.

[All 4:]

Waitin’ for a long time.

[Cash:]

I’ve been waitin’ on a long, lost train,

Waitin’ for you-oo-oo.

[All 4:]

Waitin’ for a long time.

[All 4:]

Waitin’ for a long time.

The Highwaymen I Do Believe

In my own way, I’m a believer.

In my own way, right or wrong.

I don’t talk too much about it.

It’s something I keep workin’ on.

I don’t have too much to build on,

My faith has never been that strong.

There is a man there in that buildin’.

He’s a holy man, they say.

He keeps talkin’ about tomorrow,

While I keep strugglin’ with today.

He preaches hellfire and brimstone,

And heaven seems so far away.

I do believe in a higher power.

One that loves us, one and all.

Not someone to solve my problems,

Or to catch me when I fall.

He gave us all a mind to think with.

And to know what’s right or wrong.

He is that inner spirit,

That keeps us strong.

In my own way, I’m a believer.

But not in voices I can’t hear.

I believe in a lovin’ father.

One I never have to fear,

That I should live life at its fullest,

Just as long as I am here.

Mmm-mmm, mmm-mm.

The Highwaymen Live Forever

[Willie Nelson]

I’m gonna live forever.

I’m gonna cross that river.

I’m gonna catch tomorrow now.

(Kris Kristofferson)

You’re gonna want to hold me.

Just like I always told you,

You’re gonna miss me when I’m gone.

[All]

Nobody here will ever find me.

But I will always be around.

Just like the songs I leave behind me.

I’m gonna live forever now.

[Waylon Jennings]

You fathers and you mothers,

Be good to one another.

Please try to raise your children right.

[Johnny Cash]

Don’t let the darkness take ’em,

Don’t make ’em feel forsaken,

Just lead ’em safely to the light.

[All]

When this old world is blown assunder,

And all the stars fall from the sky,

Remember someone really loves you.

We’ll live forever you and I.

I’m gonna live forever.

I’m gonna cross that river.

I’m gonna catch tomorrow now.

I’m gonna live forever.

I’m gonna cross that river.

I’m gonna catch tomorrow now.

I’m gonna live forever.

I’m gonna cross that river.

I’m gonna catch tomorrow now.

The Highwaymen Here Comes That Rainbow Again

The scene was a small roadside cafe.

The waitress was sweepin’ the floor.

Two truck drivers drinkin’ their coffee,

And two Okie kids by the door.

“How much are them candies?” they asked her.

“How much have you got?” she replied.

“We’ve only a penny between us.”

“Them’s two for a penny,” she lied.

And the daylight grew heavy with thunder,

With the smell of the rain on the wind.

Ain’t it just like a human?

Here comes that rainbow again.

One truck driver called to the waitress,

After the kids went outside.

“Them candies ain’t two for a penny,”

“So what’s it to you?” she replied.

In silence they finished their coffee.

Got up and nodded goodbye.

She called,”Hey, you left too much money.”

“So what’s it to you?” they replied.

And the daylight was heavy with thunder,

With the smell of the rain on the wind.

Ain’t it just like a human?

Here comes that rainbow again.

Ain’t it just like a human?

Here comes that rainbow again.

The Highwaymen Living Legend

[Nelson]

Was it bitter then,

With our backs against the wall?

[Kristofferson]

Were we better men,

Than we’d ever been before?

[Nelson]

Say, if she came again today,

Would you still answer to the call?

[Kristofferson]

Tell the truth my friend,

Don’t it matter anymore?

[Nelson]

We were simple men,

By her side when she was born.

[Kristofferson spoken]

Talkin’ about the dream.

[Cash sung]

It was simple then,

Like the freedom when you fall.

And we were smaller then you see,

But soon we gathered like a storm.

They don’t understand

What that thunder meant at all.

[Nelson]

Was he crucified,

Was he done in by the law?

[Kristofferson]

Are you satisfied,

That he’ll never ride again?

[Jennings]

Some people say he got away,

They say he never died at all.

[Cash]

If that story’s true,

Does it bother you my friend?

[Kristofferson]

Was it bitter then,

With our backs against the wall?

Spoken

Say, two thousand years ago.

[Nelson sung]

Were we better men,

Than we’d ever been before?

Spoken

Or two hundred years ago.

[Kristofferson sung]

Say, if she came again today,

Would you still answer to the call?

[Cash Spoken]

Or tomorrow.

[Kristofferson sung]

Tell the truth my friend,

Don’t it matter anymore?

The Highwaymen Anthem ’84

[Johnny Cash]

If you’re lookin’ for a fighter who’ll defend you,

And love you for your freedom, I’m your man.

I ain’t gonna leave you for the crazy things you’re doin’

But don’t ask me to lend a helpin’ hand.

You were such a pretty dream as I remember.

You were young and strong and God was on your side.

But the vision slowly faded like the wonder from your eyes,

You traded your compassion for your pride.

[All]

But I still believe in all that we believed in.

And I pray to God that you will in the end.

And you’ll see the golden chances that you’re wastin’,

And be the lovin’ beauty that you can.

But I still believe in all that we believed in.

And I pray to God that you will in the end.

And you’ll see the golden chances that you’re wastin’,

And be the lovin’ beauty that you can.

Be the lovin’ beauty that you can.

The Highwaymen Deportee

[Johnny Cash]

The crops are all in, and the peaches are rotten

The oranges are all packed in the creosote dumps

They’re flying them back to the Mexican Border

To save all their money, and wade back again

[Johnny Rodriguez]

My father’s own father, he waded that river

Others before him have done just the same

They died in the hills, and they’ve died in the valley

Some went to heaven, without any name

[Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson and Johnny Rodriguez]

Goodbye to my Juan, goodbye Rosalita

Adios mi amigo, Jesus and Maria

You won’t have a name when you ride the big airplane

All they will call you will be “Deportee”

[Johnny Cash]

Some of us are illegal, and others not wanted

Our work contracts out, and we have to move on

(Nelson)

Six-hundred miles to the Mexican Border

They chase us like rustlers, like outlaws, like thieves

[Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson and Johnny Rodriguez]

Goodbye to my Juan, goodbye Rosalita

Adios mi amigo, Jesus and Maria

You won’t have a name when you ride the big airplane

All they will call you will be “Deportee”

[Johnny Cash]

The sky-plane caught fire, over Los Gatos Canyon

A fireball a thunder, it shook all the hills

[Nelson]

Who are all these dear friends, scattered like dry leaves?

The radio said they were just deportees

Goodbye to my Juan, goodbye Rosalita

(Adios a mi Juan, adios Rosalita)

Adios mi amigo, Jesus and Maria

(Adios a mi amigo, Jesus y Maria)

You won’t have a name when you ride the big airplane

(no tendrá un nombre en el aeroplano)

All they will call you will be “Deportee”

(le llamarán serán “Deportee”)

Goodbye to my Juan

Adios a mi Juan

Goodbye Rosalita

Adios Rosalita

Adios mi amegos, Jesus and Maria

(Adios a mi amigo, Jesus y Maria)

You won’t have a name when you ride the big airplane

No tendrá un nombre en el aeroplano

All they will call you

Le llamarán serán

Will be

va a hacer

Deportee

The Highwaymen Everyone Gets Crazy

[Waylon Jennings]

Look here, is that you I see?

You sure seem down to me.

Would you like to tell it to a friend?

I can help if anyone can.

You know I understand.

Everyone gets crazy now and then.

[Johnny Cash]

I know those empty nights get lonely.

Sometimes you feel like you’re the only one,

To lose more then he wins.

Guess these troubled times get scary.

But that’s just ordinary.

[All]

Everyone gets crazy now and then.

[Willie Nelson]

And who can say they’ve never stumbled,

And never fallen to their knees?

Your dreams like castles when they crumble,

Well, I know what you mean,

And I know how hard it can seem.

[Kris Kristofferson]

I get crazy just like you. Lost and lonely too.

Like some old flag left flyin’ in the wind.

Time has taught me this for sure.

Time is the only cure.

All your blues will turn to gold again.

[All]

Oh, everyone gets crazy now and then.

The Highwaymen The Twentieth Century Is Almost Over

[Nelson]

Back in 1899

Everybody sang “Auld Lang Syne”

A hundred years would take a long-long time,

For every little boy and girl

Now there’s just one thing I would like to know,

Where did the twentieth century go?

I swear it was there just a minute ago, all over this world

[Cash and Nelson]

All over this world

All over this world

The twentieth century is almost over

All over this world

[Cash]

Does anybody recall the Great Depression?

I read all about it in the True Confession

Sorry I was late for the recording session,

Somebody put me on hold

Did anybody see them linoleum floors, petroleum jelly, and two world wars?

The went ’round in revolving doors, all over this world

[Cash and Nelson]

All over this world

All over this world

The twentieth century is almost over

Almost over, almost over

The twentieth century is almost over

All over this world

[Nelson]

Ol’ father time is a-rumblin’ and a-rappin’

Standin’ at the window, thumpin’ and a-tappin’

Everybody’s waitin’ for somethin’ to happen,

I hope it don’t happen to you

[Cash]

You know, the judgement day is gettin’ nearer,

There it is in the rear-view mirror

If you duck down, I could see a little clearer, all over this world

[Cash and Nelson]

All over this world

All over this world

The twentieth century is almost over

Almost over, almost over

The twentieth century is almost over

All over this world

All over this world

All over this world

The twentieth century is almost over

Almost over, almost over

The twentieth century is almost over

All over this world

All over this world

All over this world

The twentieth century is almost over

Almost over, almost over

The twentieth century is almost over

All over this world

[Fade out]

The Highwaymen Big River

[Nelson, 1st line; Kristofferson, 2nd line; Jennings, 3rd line; Cash 4th line]

I taught the weepin’ willow how to cry, cry, cry

And I showed the clouds how to cover up a clear blue sky

And the tears I cried for that woman, are gonna flood you, big river

And I’m gonna sit right here until I die

[Willie Nelson]

I met her accidentally in St. Paul Minnesota,

And it tore me up every time I heard her drawl, southern drawl

Then I heard my dream went back downstream cavortin’ in Davenport,

And I followed you, big river, when she called.

[Kris Kristofferson]

Oh she took me to St. Louis later on, down the river

A freighter said, “She’s been here, but she’s gone, boy, she’s gone”

And I found her trail in Memphis, but she just walked up the block.

Raised a few eyebrows and went on down alone.

[Waylon Jennings]

Well, I pulled into Natchez, next day down the river

But there wasn’t much there to make the rounders stay very long.

When I left it was rainin’ so nobody saw me cry.

Big river, why she doin’ me this way?

[Johnny Cash, lead and all the others, harmony]

Now won’t you batter down by Baton Rouge, River Queen, roll it on

Take that woman on down to New Orleans, New Orleans

Go on, I’ve had enough; dump my blues down in the gulf

She loves you, big river, more than me

[Nelson, 1st line; Kristofferson, 2nd line; Jennings, 3rd line; Cash 4th line]

I taught the weepin’ willow how to cry, cry, cry

And I showed the clouds how to cover up a clear blue sky

And the tears I cried for that woman, are gonna flood you, big river

And I’m gonna sit right here until I die