Desperados Waiting for a Train

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"Desperados Waiting for a Train"
Single by The Highwaymen
from the album Highwayman
B-side "The Twentieth Century Is Almost Over"
Released September 14, 1985
Genre Country
Label Columbia
Writer(s) Guy Clark
Producer(s) Chips Moman
The Highwaymen singles chronology
"Highwayman" "Desperados Waiting for a Train"
"Silver Stallion"

"Desperados Waiting for a Train" is a song written by Guy Clark and originally recorded by Jerry Jeff Walker for his 1973 album Viva Terlingua. It subsequently appeared on Tom Rush's 1974 album Ladies Love Outlaws and featured on Rita Coolidge's album Fall into Spring the same year, before Clark's own rendition was released on his first LP, 1975's Old No. 1. Clark has stated that the song is about his grandmother's boyfriend named Jack who was a grandfather figure to him.[1]

The song was also covered by Slim Pickens in 1981 on his self-titled album (Picc-A-Dilly PIC-3484).

The American country music group the Highwaymen released it as a single in September 1985. It was the second single from the album Highwayman. The song reached #15 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart.[2]

Nanci Griffith recorded it for her 1998 album Other Voices Too (A Trip Back to Bountiful), accompanied by Clark, Jerry Jeff Walker, Steve Earle, Rodney Crowell, Jimmie Dale Gilmore and Eric Taylor.

Jason Isbell covered the song for Guy Clark's induction into the 2015 Austin City Limits hall of fame ceremony.[3]

Members of the Western Writers of America chose it as one of the Top 100 Western songs of all time.[4]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1985) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks 15
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 20


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  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 246. 
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  4. ^ Western Writers of America (2010). "The Top 100 Western Songs". American Cowboy. Archived from the original on 10 August 2014.