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Waylon and Jessi

At risk of this becoming a country music blog, but after I posted  a link to Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter doing Elvis, Jogo sent me links to two YouTubes of Waylon and Jessi. Both songs are lovely. One is especially pertinent, as it is a song by Woody Guthrie, and a wonderful version too. The other song, often played at funerals, is by JB Wright, about whom I know absolutely nothing. I don’t know which song is actually older, but they share a common lyrical motif, which I guess comes from the King James Bible.

This Land is Your Land

As I went walking that ribbon of highway
I saw above me that endless skyway
I saw below me that golden valley
This land was made for you and me.

Precious Moments

As I wander on life’s pathway
Know not what the future holds
As I ponder hope grows fonder
Precious sacred seems unfold.

Here’s another highway song, which lacks the political and spiritual (respectively) optimism of those two songs, Hank Williams’ “Lost Highway”:

Now, boys, don’t start your ramblin’ round
On this road of sin or you’re sorrow bound
Take my advice or you’ll curse the day
You started rollin’ down that lost highway

Here’s the King James Bible:

And an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called The way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it; but it shall be for those: the wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err therein. (Isaiah 35:8)

Make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low: and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain. (Isaiah 40:3-4)


About bobfrombrockley

South London family man. Eating bacon bagels on the 171 bus, listening to Johnny Cash while reading Hannah Arendt, the kid next to me playing dubstep on his telephone. Mostly politics at http://brockley.blogspot.com and mostly music at https://bobsbeat.wordpress.com

One comment on “Waylon and Jessi

  1. i think that the history of america is very much the history of its spaces, or more accurately, how those spaces were conquered and transformed, which of course, then yields another history, that of displacement. and i wonder if that doesn’t partly explain all those songs about highways that remain so popular in this country. if it’s ok with you, i’d like to post two songs about roads and rambling and highways that are much more resolutely secular in origin.

    like the fella puts it, “rambling gets in your blood.” cause remember, the flip side of the history of space in america is the history of how we now yearn for it.

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