is the title of a song written by American songwriter Jimmy Webb
, about a soul with incarnations in four different places in time and history, a highwayman
, a sailor
, a construction worker on the Hoover Dam
, and finally as a star ship captain
.Hurst, Hawkeye. - "Waylon and Johnny Walk the Straight and Narrow Together". - Orlando Sentinel
. - July 21, 1985.
Webb wrote the song while in a London hotel suite. His suite included a piano, and after he woke up from a dream about being an English highwayman
, he went to the piano and started writing the song.Holmes, Peter. - "Jimmy Webb - The hot seat". - The Sun-Herald
. - September 24, 2000.
- "I had a black cape and pistols, and I was definitely a bandit. A highwayman, as it were. I was being chased within an inch of my life by these grenadiers on horseback, and I knew for a fact that if they caught me, they were going to kill me." — Jimmy Webb, on the song: "The Highwayman".Cooper, Peter. - "Webb a master at songwriting". - The Tennessean. - June 23, 2006.
He first recorded it for his 1977 album El Mirage
, released that May.
Glen Campbell version
Webb then brought the song to Glen Campbell
, who recorded it in 1978. But his record label, Capitol Records
, wanted him to go in a different direction and record music like the group The...