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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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