English Listening Practice

Highwayman by Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash

Listen to the song by clicking the play button. As you listen, try to complete the blanks in the song lyrics below. It's OK to listen more than once, if you need to. When you have finished, click the Check my answers button.

I was a highwayman. Along the coach roads I did
With sword and pistol by my side
Many a young maid lost her baubles to my trade
Many a shed his lifeblood on my blade
The bastards hung me in the spring of twenty-five
But I am still alive.

I was a . I was born upon the tide
And 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
But I am living still.

I was a dam builder across the deep and wide
Where steel and water did collide
A place called Boulder on the wild Colorado
I slipped and fell into the wet below
They buried me in that great tomb that knows no sound
But I am still around..I'll always be around..and around and around and
around and around

I'll fly a starship across the 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
But I will remain
And I'll be back again, and again and again and again and again...

What do you think this song is about? see my answer

I think it's about reincarnation, the idea that one soul may live many lives.