Fortean Songs


Justified & Ancient
Nov 8, 2014
I wanted to note another song that has a similar mysterious narrative that has been entranced fans over the years - Helen Reddy's Angie Baby:

Like others, I had forgotten the song (but knew every word as it played). It's like an episode of Inside No. 9 - efficiently, and effectively, weird.
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Parish Watch
Staff member
Oct 29, 2002
East of Suez
A tale of reincarnation, played repeatedly on Art Bell's show

I was a highwayman
Along the coach roads I did ride
With sword and pistol by my side
Many a young maid lost her baubles to my trade
Many a soldier shed his lifeblood on my blade
The bastards hung me in the spring of '25
But I am still alive

I was a sailor
I was born upon the tide
With the sea I did abide
I sailed a schooner 'round the Horn to Mexico
I went aloft to furl the mainsail in a blow
And when the yards broke off they said that I got killed
But I am living still

I was a dam builder
Across the river deep and wide
Where steel and water did collide
A place called Boulder on the wild Colorado
I slipped and fell into the wet concrete 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 and around and around

I'll fly a starship
Across the Universe 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 rain
But I will remain
And I'll come back again, and again
And again and again and again and again
And again

Not my typical style of music, but what a brilliant collection of voice.