by Alfred Noyes
The Highwayman Resources
Here's a quick look at the life of Alfred Noyes.
This site includes links to other poems by Noyes.
The song set to music and performed in the late '60s. Maybe it hasn't aged all that well, but we still like it.
This is a song by country music legends Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Kris Kristofferson, and Johnny Cash. It's not based on this poem at all, but it's a great song, and it's definitely in the same spirit as the Noyes poem, a ballad about being a tough-as-nails outlaw.
The man himself reading the poem, with some creepy animation to make it look like live video. Ever seen the animatronic Abraham Lincoln at Disneyland? It's a little like that.
This is a version of the poem sung by Celtic music superstar Loreena McKennitt.
This guy really hams it up – it's fun, give it a listen.
This is another dramatic reading, found on LoudLit.org.
A great old Irish tune about a highwayman – no relation to this poem. This robber's girlfriend is less cool than Bess, but the song is great.
This one was taken quite a while after he wrote "The Highwayman."
We kind of like this image of the highwayman out on the road in the moonlight.