I think one of my top tens of songs of all time is the Highway Man. Here is the just of the song:

The poem, set in 18th century England, tells the story of a nameless highwayman who is in love with Bess, a landlord's (innkeeper) daughter. Betrayed to the authorities by Tim, a jealous ostler (stableman), the highwayman escapes ambush when Bess sacrifices her life to warn him. Learning of her death he dies himself in a futile attempt at revenge, shot down on the highway. In the final stanza, the ghosts of the lovers meet again on winter nights.

I own every album Loreena McKennitt has ever done. I've listened to them for countless hours. Try this for a few. It was new to me.

Originally posted to webranding on Mon Oct 31, 2011 at 10:39 PM PDT.

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