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American Music

The country music super-group “The Highwaymen” did a good job of expressing the American frontier motif.  I’ve posted the song “Highwayman” here in the past because it expresses ideas of  return, rebirth, and cycles.

The greatest teacher of the Mysteries known today (IMO) claims that there is no end or beginning to who we are.  This song “Highwayman” expresses this idea beautifully.  The only problem I have with the song (and the band’s name) is that they named it after a criminal element that robbed people on the side of the road.  The other characters in the song are not criminals (sailor, dam builder, starship pilot), in fact they’re heroic figures.

The “Highwaymen” should have called themselves “The Shotgunmen.”  The fella who rode shotgun on the stage coach was the guy who fought the highwaymen off.  This is the character that should be celebrated in this beautiful song, not people who robbed and many times killed people on the side of the road.

Oh well.  The world is less than perfect but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t enjoy it.  I still enjoy the band’s music despite this small discrepancy.

I wish all my readers a Happy Independence Day.

Enjoy some good American music.

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  1. http://www.potw.org/archive/potw85.html A highwayman could also have been a rebel, tweaking the rich, withTHEIR pelf and taxes.

    [SS: Of course, but if you listen to the lyrics of the song, the highwayman also raped women. I don’t think Robin Hood did this?]

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