Midnight Rider

Gregg Allman, Poison

About Midnight Rider

"Midnight Rider" is a song by the American rock band the Allman Brothers Band. It was the second single from their second studio album, Idlewild South (1970), released on Capricorn Records. The song was primarily written by vocalist Gregg Allman, who first began composing it at a rented cabin outside Macon, Georgia. He enlisted the help of roadie Robert Kim Payne to complete the song's lyrics. He and Payne broke into Capricorn Sound Studios to complete a demo of the song. While the original Allman Brothers release of the song did not chart, "Midnight Rider" was much more successful in cover versions. Gregg Allman's solo version of the song, released in 1973, was its biggest chart success; it was a top 20 hit in the U. S. and Canada. A cover by Jamaican singer, Paul Davidson, represented its biggest peak in the United Kingdom, where it hit number ten. Country artist Willie Nelson also recorded a version of the song that peaked at number six on U. S. country charts. 


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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.

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Gregg Allman

Gregory LeNoir "Gregg" Allman (born December 8, 1947 in Nashville, Tennessee) is an American rock and blues singer, keyboardist, guitarist and songwriter, and a founding member of The Allman Brothers Band. He was inducted with the band into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995 and received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in 2006. His distinctive voice placed him in 70th place in the Rolling Stone list of the "100 Greatest Singers of All Time". more »

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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
Band Version
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.
Emotional Significance
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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