The Highwaymen were a music group comprised of the four biggest names in country music from 1985 to 1995. Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Kris Kristofferson, and Willie Nelson performed together all over the country.
These four country superstars even appeared in one film together. Stagecoach premiered in 1986, and it was a made-for-television western drama. The television movie was a remake of a John Wayne Classic.
In this clip, The Highwaymen sing “Sunday Morning Coming Down,” written by Kris Kristofferson but made famous by Johnny Cash.
The men sing together live at the Nassau Coliseum just outside New York City. During the taping of the concert in 1990, the crowd was ecstatic to hear the song sung by its original writer and singer.
“Sunday Morning Coming Down” is the song that Kris Kristofferson said allowed him to quit his day job. So many people related to the content of his lyrics that he was able to pursue music full-time after writing it in 1969.
Kristofferson’s chorus, “On a Sunday morning sidewalk I’m wishing Lord that I was stoned / ‘Cause there’s something in a Sunday That makes a body feel alone,” strikes a chord with anyone who has ever felt lonely or empty inside.
All four country stars join in for the chorus and belt out the shared feelings of aimlessness and hopelessness. Many commenters on the video encourage people to listen to the song to remind them that these famous men have experienced hardships, but they’re still here. They’re still singing.