Highwomen

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
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