The Highwayman is a song written by Phil Ochs that is based on Noyes' poem (poem). "Highwayman" is a song composed by American singer-songwriter Jimmy Webb about a soul that has four various incarnations across time and history: as a highwayman, a sailor, a construction worker on the Hoover Dam, and lastly as the captain of a starship. The song was first released in January 1964 on the EP Highways & Heartaches and later that year on the album The Road Not Taken. It has been covered by many artists including Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.
In October 1993, Ochs re-recorded the song with a new lead vocal and called it "New Highwayman". This version appears on his posthumous album I'm Done With You.
Webb originally wanted to call the song "Four Souls One Body", but this was rejected by Loma Records as they felt it was too obscure for radio playability. They also felt that having four titles would confuse listeners as to which one they were listening to.
Webb's wife Sylvia came up with the idea of calling the song "Highwayman" after reading some articles about highwaymen in history books. She thought this title would make for a good song because it had multiple meanings. First, it could be interpreted as a tribute to those people who have gone before us that have helped pave the way for future generations by making major contributions to society.
"The Highwayman" was written by Webb for his 1977 album "El Mirage." The song is about reincarnation and follows one man's spirit through four distinct periods as he spends his life as a highwayman, sailor, Hoover Dam construction worker, and spaceship captain.
Webb said of the song: "I wanted to write about what it means to be human. It's not just about living each day as it comes but about striving to build up something that will outlive you. And if you do that, then you're not really living at all; you're merely spinning your wheels."
Webb first performed "The Highwayman" on American radio station KPPC in Pasadena, California on March 17, 1978. The following month, he included it on his live album 'El Mirage.
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Facts about songs (r). Lyrics: Alfred Noyes (1880–1958) wrote The Highwayman. Although it was published early in his career—in a 1907 anthology—it is undoubtedly the most well-known of his works, and is generally acclaimed for its imagery and its allegedly concealed lessons, although in core it is a fairly heinous narrative. It has been suggested that this may have been intentional on Noyes's part, but even if this were so, it would still make it one of the most effective protest songs in English history.
The Highwayman is a ballad first recorded in 1827. It was written by Henry Carey (1793–1872), an English clergyman's son who became an eminent poet and critic. The poem tells the story of a young man who breaks an oath made to his master because "a proud heart can no home find". After being forced to flee, he becomes a robber "on the moor" (i.e., on the open road).
It is believed that the song was originally written for the stage but was later set to music. The earliest record of its being performed is by John Wilson (1835–1913), an American singer-songwriter who had great success in England during the late nineteenth century. He introduced it at the Royal Albert Hall on 3 November 1893.
Carey claimed that the song's meaning was plain to anyone who read between the lines: it was written about the American Civil War.
The song "The Highwayman" is written in three sections. The first section is made up of six sestets (six-line) stanzas, the second of nine, and the third of two. The poet creates a soothing... Examine the structure and substance of Alfred Noyes' poem "The Highwayman," concentrating on the issue of love and marriage. Use words from the poem to help analyze its style and tone.
This poem is about a highwayman who falls in love with a married woman. He tries to convince her to leave her husband, but she refuses him. Then he kills him in a duel. This causes him to lose his job as a highwayman and go crazy. Finally, she realizes how much she loves her husband and wants to stay with him. They live happily ever after.
This poem is written in anapestic tetrameter, which is the meter used for most iambic poems. It has 14 lines per stanza, which makes it a distichic poem (two-line stanzas). There is no regular pattern to the placement of the rhymes within the stanzas, so these poems can be considered random.
This poem was very popular during the Victorian era. It was set to music by English composer Alfred Noyce and is often called "The Highwayman."
Stanza 1: Here we have a reference to "the moon" (line 3), which will be referred to again later in the poem.
"The Highwayman" is a romantic ballad poetry written by Alfred Noyes and originally published in the August 1906 edition of Edinburgh, Scotland-based Blackwood's Magazine. It was featured in Noyes' book, Forty Singing Seamen and Other Poems, the next year, and was an instant hit.
Noyes began writing poems at an early age and sold his first poem for sixpence to a newspaper when he was only eleven years old. He continued to write throughout his childhood and teenage years, publishing several more collections of poems before turning twenty. In 1898 he went to America where he worked as a reporter for a number of newspapers including The New York Evening Mail and The Boston Post. It was here that he met his future wife, Gertrude Carrington Noyes, who was also working as a journalist. The two married in 1902 and returned to England a few months later.
In 1904 Noyes started his own magazine called The Singer. However, after only three issues had been published, he lost interest in it and moved on to other projects such as writing books and songs. One of these songs became "The Highwayman", which was first performed at a private dinner party for some Scottish poets. After its success, Noyes decided to make it into a full-length music hall song with additional verses added by another poet named Henry Hamilton.