Thursday, August 12, 2004

Free Willie


I like Willie Nelson. He's no Elvis, mind you, but he is living proof that you don't need to sing particularily well to make it in the music biz. And hell, his most famous song, Whiskey River, really only has about three or four lines repeated over and over:

Whiskey River take my mind,
Don't let her mem'ry torture me.
Whiskey River don't run dry,
You're all I've got, take care of me.

Whiskey River take my mind,
Don't let her mem'ry torture me.
Whiskey River don't run dry,
You're all I've got, take care of me.

I'm drowning in a whiskey river,
Bathing my mem'ried mind in the wetness of its soul.
Feeling the amber current flowin' from my mind.
And warm an empty heart you left so cold.

Whiskey River take my mind,
Don't let her mem'ry torture me.
Whiskey River don't run dry,
You're all I've got, take care of me.
It's a good song, though. It's the kind of song you holler out requests for while you are sitting at a lounge in Reno drinking whiskey and feeling pretty darn good. It's better than hollering out requests for Friends in Low Places by Garth Brooks after drinking tequila. House bands in Reno don't take too kindly to that, especially at Fitzgeralds. Trust me on this one.

I actually like Willie's My heroes have always been cowboys and Momma, don't let your babies grow up to be cowboys better than Whiskey River. Those are classic country. It's none of that crap that Billy Ray Cyrus dumped on the country music scene. Achy Breaky Heart will go down in history as one of the worst pieces of crap ever to hit the air waves. Never trust a former Chippendale with a mullet is my motto.

Anyway, I digress. Here's to Willie! Long may he sing in whatever key he manages to croak out!

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Holy shit man, AMEN. Willie is an American legend, granted not as big as elvis. But still worth noting. You forget the rag tag quartet known as the outlaws. They consisted of willie, Waylon Jennings, Tomball tucker?, and Jesse Colter. If you care for Willie, then i suggest checking the album out, Worth the time.

Tim ID said...

Thank you Anonymous. Willie will never die. If he does, no one will likely realize it for a long, long, time.