The Highwomen are made up of Amanda Shires, Brandi Carlile, Maren Morris and Natalie Hemby, and the ladies have revamped the lyrics to Jimmy Webb’s 1985 version of the classic song, “Highwayman” and are telling the song from a woman’s perspective.

Per an interview with Zane Lowe’s World Record on Apple Music’s Beats 1, Highwomen members Amanda Shires and Brandi Carlile wrote their own lyrics set to the tune of “Highwayman” before turning to Webb for approval.

“We asked him if he wanted to contribute to the rewrite and we told him what the concept of the movement and the band was, and he wrote us back and said that he felt that it was spot on, and we were complimented by that to no end,” Carlile says.

“Highwomen” is the third single released off the group’s album, out September 6th.

“Highwomen” Lyrics

I was a Highwoman
And a mother from my youth
For my children I did what I had to do
My family left Honduras when they killed the Sandinistas
We followed a coyote through the dust of Mexico
Every one of them except for me survived
And I am still alive

I was a healer
I was gifted as a girl
I laid hands upon the world
Someone saw me sleeping naked in the noon sun
I heard “witchcraft” in the whispers and I knew my time had come
The bastards hung me at the Salem gallows hill
But I am living still

I was a freedom rider
When we thought the South had won
Virginia in the spring of ’61
I sat down on the Greyhound that was bound for Mississippi
My mother asked me if that ride was worth my life
And when the shots rang out I never heard the sound
But I am still around

And I’ll take that ride again
And again
And again
And again
And again

I was a preacher
My heart broke for all the world
But teaching was unrighteous for a girl
In the summer I was baptized in the mighty Colorado
In the winter I heard the hounds and I knew I had been found
And in my Savior’s name, I laid my weapons down
But I am still around

We are The Highwomen
Singing stories still untold
We carry the sons, you can only hold
We are the daughters of the silent generations
You sent our hearts to die alone in foreign nations
It may return to us as tiny drops of rain
But we will still remain

And we’ll come back again and again and again
And again and again
And we’ll come back again and again and again
And again and again
We’ll come back again and again and again
And again and again
And we’ll come back again and again and again
And again and again