What’s In The Words: Aztec Two-Step’s “Highway Song”


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“The gate was closing, the sun was folding
Her hand was waving me good-bye
Remember me to the highway signs
The colored lights and the highway signs
Remember me to my friends so kind
Tell them I am fine”

— “Highway Song” by [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Aztec Two-Step[/lastfm]

Formed in 1971 on a chance meeting by two folk singers, Rex Fowler and Neal Shulman, [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Aztec Two-Step[/lastfm] are often categorized along with the likes of [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]James Taylor[/lastfm] and [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Seals & Crofts[/lastfm], albeit without selling nearly as many records. (A 1999 documentary on them was called No Hit Wonder).

Though there have been countless songs written about roads and highways over the years, the lyrics to this particular “highway song,” from the band’s 1972 album (simply called Aztec Two-Step), are a beautiful rendering of a “bon voyage,” steeped in luscious, swooping strings, gorgeous vocal harmonies and an exquisite interplay of Fowler’s and Shulman’s guitars.

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  • RainbowRay

    I especially like the last two lines of that song, “Remember me to my friends so kind. Tell them I am fine”. I think they know that because I am on Facebook and am using it as a personal journal (for me and for Fiona) as I make my way to L.A. Californiya U.S.A, eh? I really don’t give a damn who looks at it as I’m pretty proud of the collection I have. It says pretty much who I am, past, present and future.

    I have been having a wonderful time remeniscing and posting things like songs from childhood (for example I recently recall a Latvian lullabye that my dad used to sing to me as a child that I found on YOUTUBE and have now posted on my Facebook; that’s just a sample of things that I have found).

    It also has my dreams and hopes for myself and Fiona on it. I also have a friend from grade 8 who I haven’t seen since (although have been in contact via e-mail and classmates.com–a great site to look up classmated). She is following me on facebook as well as an old family friend living in Vancouver who I haven’t seen in years, but hope to see again one day.

    Wonderful things can happen through Facebook (which has nothing to do with Aztec Two Step), but the last two lines of that song really did something to me. I heard the song and it’s a nice ballad type of song. Facebook can be shit, but it can also be great, especially communicating with someone you LOVE from “over hill over dale as we hit the dusty trail and the casons go rolling along” far away (if you know what I mean).

    I don’t care who’s looking at it because love makes a fool of you anyway. Nuff said!


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