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Lyr Req: Strolling Down the Highway (Bert Jansch)

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GUEST,Mick T 10 Sep 01 - 04:30 AM
GUEST,Mick T 10 Sep 01 - 04:31 AM
Sorcha 10 Sep 01 - 11:46 AM
GUEST,AKRick 10 Sep 01 - 02:02 PM
Sorcha 10 Sep 01 - 11:26 PM
GUEST,Mick T 14 Sep 01 - 07:13 AM
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Subject: strolling down the highway
From: GUEST,Mick T
Date: 10 Sep 01 - 04:30 AM

Anyone got the words to Strolling Down the Highway (Bert Jansch) in particular the line 'they think you're a spy?

Did he in fact write this?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: strolling down the highway
From: GUEST,Mick T
Date: 10 Sep 01 - 04:31 AM

There's a word in front of 'spy' I can't get......


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Subject: Lyr Add: STROLLING DOWN THE HIGHWAY (Bert Jansch)
From: Sorcha
Date: 10 Sep 01 - 11:46 AM

Don't know for sure, but he is credited with it:

STROLLING DOWN THE HIGHWAY
Bert Jansch

Strolling down the highway
I`m gonna get there my way
Just keep on down-a-walking
You hear my guitar, rocking
Well I stroll
On down
On down the highway

People think I'm a crazing
Lot about how they're-a-lazing
Sunshine's all day long
Narcotics far too strong
Well I stroll
On down
On down the highway

Cars won't stop for no one
But don't you think that you're just rolling down
Think you are a spy
Gonna shoot them as they go by
Well, no cars
No cars
Won't stop for no one

Strolling down the highway
I'm gonna get there my way
Just keep on down-a-walking
You hear my guitar, rocking
Well I stroll
On down
On down the highway


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: strolling down the highway
From: GUEST,AKRick
Date: 10 Sep 01 - 02:02 PM

The line is:
"They think you're an O.A.S. spy,
gonna shoot them as they walk by"

It refers to an Algerian seperatist group that was active in France in the early sixties. Bert would have been hitching about at this time.
In a live performance ('Live at the 12 Bar'), he sings

"Strollin' down the highway
I'm gonna get there my way
Dusk 'till dawn I'm walkin'
the guitar on my back is rockin"

"People think I'm crazy
Lord above, I ain't lazy
Sunshines all day long
and the garlic is far too strong"

"The cars won't stop for no one
They think you're just a rollin' bum
They think you're an O.A.S. spy
Gonna shot them as they walk by"

HTML line breaks added --JoeClone, 30-Nov-01.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: strolling down the highway
From: Sorcha
Date: 10 Sep 01 - 11:26 PM

Strange. Wonder why AKRick's lyrics are so different from the ones I found attributed to Bert?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: strolling down the highway
From: GUEST,Mick T
Date: 14 Sep 01 - 07:13 AM

Thanks to Sorcha and Rick!


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