Well, I've got to run to keep from hiding, And I'm bound to keep on riding. And I've got one more silver dollar, But I'm not gonna let them catch me, no, Not gonna let 'em catch the Midnight Rider. And I don't own the clothes I'm wearing, And the road goes on forever, And I've got one more silver dollar, But I'm not gonna let them catch me, no Not gonna let 'em catch the Midnight Rider. And I've gone by the point of caring, Some old bed I'll soon be sharing, And I've got one more silver dollar, But I'm not gonna let 'em catch me, no Not gonna let them catch the Midnight Rider. But I'm not gonna let 'em catch me, no Not gonna let them catch the Midnight Rider. But I'm not gonna let 'em catch me, no Not gonna let them catch the Midnight Rider.
Written by: Gregg L. Allman, Robert Kim Payne
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5 facts about this song
Writer and Performer: Gregg Allman
"Midnight Rider" was written by Gregg Allman and Robert Payne, of the famous American group, the Allman Brothers Band. - Gregg first included "Midnight Rider' on the Allman Brothers' album 'Idlewild South' in 1970. - He later released a solo version of the song on his solo debut album 'Laid Back' in 1973
The Allman Brothers Band released "Midnight Rider" in 1970 on their second studio album, ranking them 27th on the Billboard Hot 100. - Interestingly, the song achieved this success despite being released as the B-Side to the single "Revival". - It is one of the band's most popular songs and has become a Southern rock radio staple.
Notable Cover: Willie Nelson
Country music legend Willie Nelson covered "Midnight Rider" in 1980 for his album titled "The Electric Horseman", which was also the soundtrack for the movie of the same name. - Nelson's version was nominated for "Best Country Vocal Performance - Male" at the 23rd Annual Grammy Awards. - The song was a hit for Nelson, reaching number 6 on the US Billboard Hot Country Singles chart.
Legacy and Impact
The song is well-known for the line "I've got one more silver dollar," which adds to its outlaw mystique and theme of unyielding independence. - "Midnight Rider" has been covered by many artists in a variety of genres, indicating its enduring popularity and impact in American music. - The song was performed at the final concert of the Allman Brothers Band in 2014, marking the end of the band's 45-year career.
In many interviews, Gregg Allman expressed a deep emotional connection to "Midnight Rider", identifying with the song's intimate lyrics about the nomadic "ramblin' man" lifestyle he led during his life and career as a musician.
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