Song of the Day #5,021: ‘Lost Highway’ – Willie Nelson with Kurt Nilsen

Today’s random selection comes from an EP that accompanied Lyle Lovett’s 2009 album Natural Forces. That album was half made up of Lovett’s covers of other Texas songwriters, and the EP — titled T For Texas, T From Tennessee — offered a sample of other tracks on the Lost Highway label.

Among the songs was today’s SOTD, actually titled ‘Lost Highway,’ a duet by Willie Nelson and Kurt Nilsen.

“Willie Nelson and who, now?” you ask. Kurt Nilsen is a Norwegian singer who won the 2003 season of Pop Idol in his home country.

He has had five #1 singles in Norway, including this one in 2008.

‘Lost Highway’ was originally written and recorded by Leon Payne in 1948, and has been covered a couple of dozen times since.

I’m a rollin stone all alone and lost
For a life of sin I have paid the cost
When I pass by all the people say
Just another guy on the lost highway

Just a deck of cards and a jug of wine
A woman’s lies make a life like mine
On the day we met, I went astray
I started rolling down that lost highway

I was just a lad, nearly 22
Neither good nor bad, just a kid like you
And now I’m lost, too late to pray
I started rolling down that lost highway

Now boys don’t start to ramblin round
On this road of sin are you sorrow bound
Take my advice or you’ll curse the day
I started rollin’ down that lost highway

Started rolling down that lost highway

3 thoughts on “Song of the Day #5,021: ‘Lost Highway’ – Willie Nelson with Kurt Nilsen

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    Maybe this selection is the Random iTunes Fairy’s subtle way of getting us psyched for Lyle’s new album.

  2. Peg says:

    This is really quite good 😊 Really like Kurt Nelson’s voice. And I can’t help thinking of “On the Road Again “ by Willie Nelson on our family road trips ❤️

  3. Peg says:

    Of course spellcheck changed Nilson to Nelson 🤷‍♀️

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