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.
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)