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Old 05-12-2020, 06:19 PM
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Songs about immortals - like The Highwayman...


Any suggestions for songs that have immortal/reincarnated protagonists? I know about a few already:

The Highwayman/Highwomen
The Braggart's Song ("I was born about 10,000 years ago...")
I Ain't Marching Anymore - Phil Ochs
I Might Have Been Queen - Tina Turner
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Old 05-12-2020, 06:26 PM
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If you're counting reincarnation, there's "Galileo", by the Indigo Girls.
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Actually, come to think of it, almost all religious songs would qualify. Even if you require that the narrator, not just the protagonist, be immortal, there are still lots.
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Queen songs from the Highlander soundtrack:
Princes of the Universe
A Kind Of Magic
Who Wants to Live Forever
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I Ain't Marching Anymore - Phil Ochs
In the same vein is Handsome Johnny by Richie Havens.

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“I can live forever, if I so desire” - The Temptations, I Can’t Get Next To You.
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Laurie ( Strange Things Happen )- Dickey Lee



"You're wrong, son.
You weren't with my daughter.
How can you be so cruel
To come to me this way?
My Laurie left this world on her birthday -
She died a year ago today."

A strange force drew me to the graveyard....
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I've been alive forever
And I wrote the very first song
I put the words and the melodies together
I am music, and I write the songs...
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Long Black Veil

She walks these hills in a long black veil
She visits my grave when the night winds wail
Nobody knows, nobody sees
Nobody knows but me




Wildfire

She comes down from Yellow Mountain
On a dark, flat land she rides
On a pony she named Wildfire
With a whirlwind by her side
On a cold Nebraska night

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Shriekback - Nemesis

Priests and cannibals, prehistoric animals
Everybody happy as the dead come home
Big black nemesis, parthenogenesis
No one move a muscle as the dead come home.

We feel like Greeks, we feel like Romans
Centaurs and monkeys just cluster round us




Faun - Walpurgisnacht

In the night-sky tonight
The witches rise
Wild folk and Lilith's kind
Lurking, secretly ride the winds.

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Going back a little farther, Schubert's The Erlking

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‘My son, why do you hide your face in fear?’
‘Father, can you not see the Erlking?
The Erlking with his crown and tail?’
‘My son, it is a streak of mist.’
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Blackbriar - Until Eternity



You feel the immortality
It’s you and I until eternity

Chorus:
We live on and on and on, death is weak and we are strong
On and on and on, time is weak and we are strong
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Possum Kingdom by the Toadies is about a guy wanting to turn a girl into a vampire
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I'm the first with "Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner?" I certainly assume that Zevon meant him to be immortal.
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There are many supernatural elements and figures in Genesis' "Supper's Ready", but the best fit of course is the Guaranteed Eternal Sanctuary Man.
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Long Black Veil

She walks these hills in a long black veil
She visits my grave when the night winds wail
Nobody knows, nobody sees
Nobody knows but me
Just like "Long Black Veil", Neil Young's "Powderfinger" is told from the POV of a dead man.
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IIRC, the lyrics in Total Eclipse Of The Heart sound poetic but got written for a literal story about vampires: “I’m always in the dark” isn’t a metaphor, it’s someone saying that, see, forever is gonna start tonight — in that, if a shadow really does happen to be on me all of the time, then my lover and I can have fangs and not age and, if you will, keep holding on forever; no, seriously, I mean that.
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Queen songs from the Highlander soundtrack:
Who Wants to Live Forever
A surprisingly haunting song from an otherwise cheesy movie. And it points out one (THE?) of the drawbacks of being immortal- everyone else is sort of ephemeral, even if you fall in love with one.
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Heather Alexander - Creature of the Woods

I've been alive since time began,
Not beast, not god, and yet not man
I am the music and the dance,
I am the piper who enchants
So loose all ties to mortal kind,
My pipes shall play within thy mind
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Lord Huron, "The World Ender"

I'll never bleed and I won't ever age
I'll never feel the embrace of the grave
The fair and the brave and the good must die
I seen the other side of living; I know Heaven's a lie
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Tell Laura I Love Her.

The era of that song featured a lot of dead teenager songs. They didn't necessarily have the person who got dead communicate with the living, though.

It was a period of the macabre in pop music.


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In The Streets of El Paso, a cowboy narrates the story of how he came to be killed by the friends of another cowboy he killed in a dispute over a woman. The sequel, Feleena (from El Paso) tells the story of his lover, who shot herself upon his death. The last verse concludes:

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Out in El Paso, whenever the wind blows
If you listen closely at night, you'll hear in the wind
A woman is cryin', it's not the wind sighin'
Old timer's tell you, Feleena is callin' for him;
You'll hear them talkin' and you'll hear them walkin'
You'll hear them laugh and you'll look, but there's no one around
Don't be alarmed - there is really no harm there
It's only the young cowboy, showin' Feleena the town

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how come i can't see you in my mirror?
how come you never come around here 'cept at night?
how come you won't say where your family lives
and you always look so pale?
how come you've got that crazy look there in your eyes?

Now lately babe, you smell just like a basement
and your wardrobe's down to strictly black and red
sometimes at night i can see you down on the pavement sneakin' around
come to think of it, when do you go to bed?
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And his ghost may be heard as you pass by that billabong,
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"I Don't Know a Thing About Love" by Conway Twitty, a conversation with the Man in the Moon, who doesn't understand women any more than we do.

"Venus" by Frankie Avalon

"God of Thunder" by Kiss

"Stay With Me" by Shakespear's Sister. "You better hope and pray that you make it okay back in your own world..." The personification of Death with Dave McKean visuals, minus the Neil Gaiman charm.
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It’s All Been Done, by the Barenaked Ladies: he was around before the fall of Rome, and figures on still being around in the 30th century.
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Rather implied, though not explicitly stated...

Chris de Burgh's
Don't Pay the Ferryman
...who just might be Charron, the boatman of the river* Styx.
[Plus the ghosts of former passengers providing the title advice.]

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*This, of course, would imply the river being crossed is probably not the one the narrator was planning to encounter.
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Queen songs from the Highlander soundtrack:
Princes of the Universe
A Kind Of Magic
Who Wants to Live Forever
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A surprisingly haunting song from an otherwise cheesy movie. And it points out one (THE?) of the drawbacks of being immortal- everyone else is sort of ephemeral, even if you fall in love with one.
I was recently doing a binge of Queen documentaries on Youtube and learned that Brian May wrote this song and, in the official video, he sings the first verse.
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"Whiskey on a Sunday (The Puppet Song)" - covered by The Irish Rovers and others.

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And sad to relate that old Seth Davy died in 1904
The three wooden dolls in the dustbin were laid
His song will be heard nevermore

Come day, go day
Wish in me heart it were Sunday
Drinking buttermilk through the week
Whiskey on a Sunday

But some stormy night when you're passing that way
And the wind's blowing up from the sea
You'll still hear the song of old Seth Davy
As he croons to his dancing dolls three

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I appreciate all the responses. It seems like ghosts should be a separate category, though.
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I appreciate all the responses. It seems like ghosts should be a separate category, though.
I had assumed The Highwayman you were referring to in the OP was Phil Ochs version of the Alfred Noyes poem, who was in fact a ghost. Now I see that you were referring to this completely different song, in which he is repeatedly reincarnated.

It seems like the examples in the OP only include one true immortal, in "I Was Born About 10,000 Years Ago." In "The Highwayman" and "I Might Have Been Queen" the narrator dies repeatedly but is reincarnated. In "I Ain't Marching Anymore" the narrator is symbolic of all soldiers; he is neither immortal nor reincarnated. There are many of "him" alive at one time:

Quote:
For I've killed my share of Indians
In a thousand different fights
Quote:
Fought in the bloody Civil War
Yes I even killed my brother
And so many others
Quote:
For I marched to the battles of the German trench
In a war that was bound to end all wars
Oh I must have killed a million men
Anyway, cool idea for a thread, but you already had several different varieties of "immortals" in the OP.

So we have in this thread at least:

-True immortal humans who are born but then live forever
-Reincarnations of the same soul after death
-Ghosts
-Gods, devils, and other supernatural entities
-Eternal symbols
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