"Midnight Rider" as written by and Gregg/brown Allman....
Well, I've got to run to keep from hiding
And I'm bound to keep on riding
And I've got one more silver dollar
But I'm not gonna let them catch me, no
Not gonna let 'em catch the midnight rider

And I don't own the clothes I'm wearing
And the road goes on forever
And I've got one more silver dollar
But I'm not gonna let them catch me, no
Not gonna let 'em catch the midnight rider

And I've gone by the point of caring
Some old bed I'll soon be sharing
And I've got one more silver dollar

But I'm not gonna let 'em catch me, no
Not gonna let them catch the midnight rider
No I'm not gonna let 'em catch me, no
Not gonna let them catch the midnight rider
No, I'm not gonna let 'em catch me, no
I'm not gonna let them catch the midnight rider
But I'm not gonna let 'em catch me, no
Not gonna let them catch the midnight rider


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"Midnight Rider" as written by Robert Kim Payne Gregg L. Allman

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  • +2
    General CommentThey performed this song (obviously) at the last show I went to, and Gregg was amazing. You almost get lost in his emotion, like a hitchhiker walking the country road at night, with nowhere to go, but nowhere to stay. Truly amazing.
    the deadest roseon July 22, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThe lyrics wreak of desperation, save for the recurring reference to that last silver dollar. Surely a dollar isn't enough to sustain a human body. It seems more like something that sustains a desperate soul. Maybe hope? Maybe a phrase overheard in a casino (false hope). Whatever that silver dollar represents, it seems to define the ability to muster the will to survive with even the smallest chance. Most likely a tune more appreciated by non-conformists. So very well-received when it was released in 1970.
    JBeaston October 09, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General Commenti think that it's an outlaw biker talking about their current circumstances. though obviously the author draws from their experience as a touring musician, song writers (particularly rock musicians from a relative time period) often exaggerate their experiences to come up with material that reflects in part things they might be romancing about and/or often the artist doesn't feel their particular story (verbatim) is anything worth writing into a song.
    cansongon March 16, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti had to comment on this alman bros. classic, this song on filmore east does something to me. lets just say the raw sound of the duane on guitar just really sets taht lonely feel which is what this song is about. latenight driving on a lonely highway
    jbird4017on April 08, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI played this tune for my buddy when he was truly "on the lamb", and it made his spirits rise. Dude had a buck and a ride. He wasn't a violent felon, just an unlucky drug doer. The Midnight Rider slips on by into the night.
    Jordo013on September 16, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentlifes a journey, u gotta keep riding or u will get caught up in something
    cmurda420on January 26, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this song, happens to be one of my favorite Allman Bros.' song, it's perfect for those long lonely nighttime drives
    cadillac4lifeon May 30, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's about a lonely man on the road, walking a fine line between lawlessness and divinity.
    Forty3Hodownon December 30, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's OK but "Stetesboro Blues" is THE classic Allman Brothers song.
    chrisb1on February 03, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis sounds like the ultimate lonesome cowboy song...it could even be the theme to a Clint Eastwood or even a Sam Peckinpah movie...there are two versions of this song, and I prefer the Gregg Allman version to the Allman Brothers Band version. It sneaks in a little more instrumentation (like a full blasted orchestra) and a lot more desperation in the voice of Gregg Allman. It may be way overdone in some areas but it's more memorable in my mind. Besides that, this is a great song and worthy of praise.
    OpinionHeadon February 05, 2005   Link

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