Happy Birthday Willie Nelson

“I smoke marijuana because it keeps me from killing people,” is likely Willie Nelson’s best known quote. Willie has written terrific songs, many now country standards like Crazy, Funny How Time Slips Away, Night Life, Hello Walls, Pretty Paper. Getting deeper inside Willie’s head: “Ninety-nine percent of the world’s lovers are not with their first choice. That’s what makes the jukebox play.” and “We create our own unhappiness. The purpose of suffering is to help us understand we are the ones who cause it.” and “You know why divorces are so expensive? They’re worth it.” Willie delivered these classic lines describing a cowboy in Mama Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to be Cowboys, written by Ed and Patsy Bruce, “Them that don’t know him won’t like him and them that do sometimes won’t know how to take him. He ain’t wrong, he’s just different but his pride won’t let him do things to make you think he’s right.” Willie turns 78 today. Hear his sweet and sparse cover of Roy Acuff’s Blue Eyes Crying In the Rain live.

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