Day 44. 46 pages, 22,831 words.

Just leaving this here today. In case there was ever any doubt about my musical inspiration and the breadcrumb trail of clues I laid down.

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.


I was a sailor

I was born upon the tide

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.


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…


I 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…

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3 Responses to Highwayman

  1. dreameling says:

    Damn, I was sure that last verse [1] was your addition, but it’s actually in the song.

    Cool song. Epic.

    [1] Not sure if correct technical term.




    Immortal or otherwise ancient protagonists are the best. Have I mentioned that before?

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