Album: The Highwomen (2019)
  • I was a Highwoman
    And a mother from my youth
    For my children I did what I had to do
    My family left Honduras when they killed the Sandinistas
    We followed a coyote through the dust of Mexico
    Every one of them except for me survived
    And I am still alive

    I was a healer
    I was gifted as a girl
    I laid hands upon the world
    Someone saw me sleeping naked in the noon sun
    I heard "witchcraft" in the whispers and I knew my time had come
    The bastards hung me at the Salem gallows hill
    But I am living still

    I was a freedom rider
    When we thought the South had won
    Virginia in the spring of '61
    I sat down on the Greyhound that was bound for Mississippi
    My mother asked me if that ride was worth my life
    And when the shots rang out I never heard the sound
    But I am still around

    And I'll take that ride again
    And again
    And again
    And again
    And again

    I was a preacher
    My heart broke for all the world
    But teaching was unrighteous for a girl
    In the summer I was baptized in the mighty Colorado
    In the winter I heard the hounds and I knew I had been found
    And in my Savior's name, I laid my weapons down
    But I am still around

    We are The Highwomen
    Singing stories still untold
    We carry the sons you can only hold
    We are the daughters of the silent generations
    You sent our hearts to die alone in foreign nations
    It may return to us as tiny drops of rain
    But we will still remain

    And we'll come back again and again and again
    And again and again
    We'll come back again and again and again
    And again and again Writer/s: Amanda Rose Shires, Brandi Carlile, Jimmy L. Webb
    Publisher: Universal Music Publishing Group
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind


Be the first to comment...

Editor's Picks

Brenda RussellSongwriter Interviews

Brenda talks about the inspiration that drove her to write hit songs like "Get Here" and "Piano in the Dark," and why a lack of formal music training can be a songwriter's best asset.

Experience Nirvana with Sub Pop Founder Bruce PavittSong Writing

The man who ran Nirvana's first label gets beyond the sensationalism (drugs, Courtney) to discuss their musical and cultural triumphs in the years before Nevermind.

Chris Fehn of SlipknotSongwriter Interviews

A drummer for one of the most successful metal bands of the last decade, Chris talks about what it's like writing and performing with Slipknot. Metal-neck is a factor.

Rick AstleySongwriter Interviews

Rick Astley on "Never Gonna Give You Up," "Cry For Help," and his remarkable resurgence that gave him another #1 UK album.

John Lee HookerSongwriter Interviews

Into the vaults for Bruce Pollock's 1984 conversation with the esteemed bluesman. Hooker talks about transforming a Tony Bennett classic and why you don't have to be sad and lonely to write the blues.

Colin HaySongwriter Interviews

Established as a redoubtable singer-songwriter, the Men At Work frontman explains how religion, sobriety and Jack Nicholson play into his songwriting.