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Sunday 23 June 2024

Sunday Highway Songs 12


There is a song written by Robert Earl Keen called The Road Goes on Forever  which has appropriately enough been covered by Country Supergroup The Highwaymen. I am reminded of this when submitting another post in this series.

What is it about Highways and Ghosts? I could probably have done a respectable series on that topic alone. Here are another couple :

The Ghosts of Highway 20 refers to a number of individuals who disappeared or were victims of rape or murder along Highway 20 in the state of Oregon from the late 1970s to the early 1990's not something I suspect that the Oregon Tourist Offices dwell on.

The Ghosts of Highway 20 is also the 12th studio album by Lucinda Williams from 2016 on Highway 20 Records. Looking at the lyrics I'm not sure that the title track has anything to do with the paragraph above.

Not to be outdone Mazzy Star get in on the act with Ghost Highway from their 1990 album She Hangs Brightly.

Neil Young is more content with people rather that ghosts as his song Human Highway from the album Comes a Time. It was first recorded by Crosby Stills Nash Young. Interestingly Neil Young also co-directed a comedy film called Human Highway in 1982

There is at least one or possibly two more weeks left before this series runs out of gas.

Lucinda Williams -The Ghosts of Highway 20

Mazzy Star - Ghost Highway

Neil Young -Human Highway


  1. Not one of Lucinda Williams more upbeat tracks