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Willie Nelson unveils statue of himself on 4/20
abclocal.go.com/wpvi ^ | 21 April 2012 | AP story

Posted on 04/21/2012 8:38:15 AM PDT by smokingfrog

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -April 21, 2012 (WPVI) -- Country music legend Willie Nelson helped unveil a statue honoring him in downtown Austin by singing his new song "Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die" on Friday, a date long reserved to celebrate marijuana use.

The faint smell of marijuana smoke wafted through a crowd of about 2,000 people as Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell accepted on the privately funded statue as a gift from a private arts group. Organizers said they didn't intentionally choose April 20 for the event, but once they found out, they scheduled the unveiling at 4:20 p.m. as a tongue-in-cheek reference to Nelson's openness about his marijuana use and advocacy for its legalization.

The statute stands in front of the Moody Theater, where the Austin City Limits Studio is now located. Nelson, a 10-time Grammy Award winner who has sold more than 40 million copies of his 150 albums, appeared on the first episode of the public television show in 1974.

"He is the man who more than other made Austin the live music capital of the world," Leffingwell said.

Nelson was born in Abbott, a tiny town about 120 miles north of Austin, but he has lived in Texas' capital city since 1971.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: potheads; smokethatweed
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Roll Me up and Smoke Me

Keepin' Austin weird....

1 posted on 04/21/2012 8:38:20 AM PDT by smokingfrog
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To: smokingfrog

He doesn’t live in Austin. He lives at a private country club/golf course he bought years ago located out toward Johnson City.


2 posted on 04/21/2012 8:46:25 AM PDT by Terry Mross ("It happened. And we let it happen." - Peter Griffin, FAMILY GUY)
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To: smokingfrog

I must be behind the times. I don’t own a single one of his 150 “albums.” Actually, come to think of it, I can’t think of a single song of his I would recognize.


3 posted on 04/21/2012 8:46:44 AM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: smokingfrog

I don’t care who’s in Austin,
Bob Wills is STILL the king.


4 posted on 04/21/2012 8:47:40 AM PDT by Tigerized ("..and whack 'em, and whack 'em, and whack 'em!' cried the Toad in ecstasy." (also my 2012 strategy))
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To: smokingfrog

I have been in love with Willie and his music since I was a child. I remember the first time I ever heard him on the radio, I was about 10 and he would have been maybe 17. I was mesmerized and since then I have tried to collect every song he ever recorded. I saw him for the first time live in Houston last year. I do NOT, however, smoke weed. :D


5 posted on 04/21/2012 8:48:41 AM PDT by Ditter
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

On The Road Again, Blue Eyes Crying In the Rain, Crazy, Georgia On My Mind, Whiskey River, All Of Me, City of New Orleans.........I could go on and on and on and on...... but I won’t! :D


6 posted on 04/21/2012 8:53:05 AM PDT by Ditter
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To: Terry Mross

Is he still living there, or did the Feds get it when Willie got caught not paying his taxes?


7 posted on 04/21/2012 8:53:42 AM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: Ditter

If nothing else that Willie did, he helped lead the country revolution against the stale Nashville sound.


8 posted on 04/21/2012 8:53:52 AM PDT by Raider Sam (They're on our left, right, front, and back. They aint gettin away this time!)
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

I don’t own a lot of them, but I have owned Red Headed Stranger a LOT of times. I have worn it out repeatedly, first as an LP, then as a cassette and now as a disc.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qTPzP5Qq8q8


9 posted on 04/21/2012 8:55:03 AM PDT by Psalm 144 ("I'm not willing to light my hair on fire to try and get support. I am who I am." - Willard M Romney)
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To: Ditter

City of New Orleans — love that song.


10 posted on 04/21/2012 8:55:41 AM PDT by Yardstick
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To: Tigerized

“Bob Wills is STILL the king.”

AAAWWWT Nowwww!

Deep within my heart lies a memory . . .


11 posted on 04/21/2012 8:57:17 AM PDT by Psalm 144 ("I'm not willing to light my hair on fire to try and get support. I am who I am." - Willard M Romney)
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To: Ditter

He used to do a lot of gospel music — back in the day.


12 posted on 04/21/2012 8:59:49 AM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: ProtectOurFreedom
Willie Nelson & Ray Charles...

Seven Spanish Angels

13 posted on 04/21/2012 8:59:57 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

You’re not behind the times. You’re completely out of the times.

I am a conservative and ex-military but love Willie Nelson, pot-smoking habit and all. His music and his distinctive voice are iconic in our culture. You don’t have to be a country music fan or own any of his records to know who he is and recognize some of his music from just being alive in this society.

Tell me again what cave was that you’ve been living in for the past 50 years?


14 posted on 04/21/2012 9:00:09 AM PDT by HotHunt
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To: smokingfrog

Roll me up and smoke me? I thought it was Push The Handle And Flush Me.


15 posted on 04/21/2012 9:00:53 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: smokingfrog
Keepin' Austin weird....

Yo, duuuude, like totally beat me, uh, to it, man! Go, green! Tree huggers unite! You'd think they'd have included a picture of the statue.

16 posted on 04/21/2012 9:01:21 AM PDT by bgill
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To: smokingfrog

His music’s OK, but he’s such a lowlife.


17 posted on 04/21/2012 9:01:34 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (For every black person murdered by a white, thirty-nine white people are murdered by blacks.)
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To: ProtectOurFreedom
If you've got the money honey, I've got the time,~~~~~ We'll go honkey tonkin’ and hit every joint in town~~~ when you run out of money I'll run out of time~~~
18 posted on 04/21/2012 9:02:24 AM PDT by Ditter
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To: Ditter
Blue Eyes Crying In the Rain

Years ago an Abilene station played that one song all day long. Supposedly the dj locked himself in the booth and wouldn't come out. Never did find out what the deal was but it was funny.

19 posted on 04/21/2012 9:03:56 AM PDT by bgill
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To: smokingfrog

I wish I could remember what the song he was singing was, when I heard Willie on the radio but it was about 61 years ago so I guess I am forgiven.


20 posted on 04/21/2012 9:06:31 AM PDT by Ditter
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To: Ditter

“I was mesmerized and since then I have tried to collect every song he ever recorded.”

Well, I’ve never particularly sought out Willie Nelson but I have come to recognize he is a talent.

Recently came across this by him, it’s lovely. Wondered if you’ve heard it.

http://youtu.be/W53cQdhYpVA


21 posted on 04/21/2012 9:08:03 AM PDT by Beowulf9
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To: blueunicorn6

I wonder why 4/20 is reserved to celebrate marijuana use?.

Isn’t that Hitlers birthday?.


22 posted on 04/21/2012 9:09:48 AM PDT by Vaduz
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To: Joe 6-pack

And Merle Haggard.

LOVE this one!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-lHKCDyzTFM


23 posted on 04/21/2012 9:12:36 AM PDT by Psalm 144 ("I'm not willing to light my hair on fire to try and get support. I am who I am." - Willard M Romney)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

So true, but it is easy to be blunt about Willie...


24 posted on 04/21/2012 9:13:26 AM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (Sarah Palin: More miles per sound bite than the closest competitor...)
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To: Vaduz

Perhaps a prank on dazed potheads?


25 posted on 04/21/2012 9:13:31 AM PDT by Psalm 144 ("I'm not willing to light my hair on fire to try and get support. I am who I am." - Willard M Romney)
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To: smokingfrog

The Austin Silly Council is also going to erect a statue for Leslie Cochran who passed away earlier this year.


26 posted on 04/21/2012 9:13:54 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (Dear God, thanks for the rain, but please let it rain more in Texas. Amen.)
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To: Beowulf9
Yes, I have heard that one. He was not in particularly good voice for that recording, there are some like that. When I saw him in person last year I expected his voice to show his age...... it did not... his voice was strong and fabulous and he played his guitar great as well. I wish my old fingers worked as well as his!
27 posted on 04/21/2012 9:13:54 AM PDT by Ditter
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To: smokingfrog
Yes, I know Nelson is a liberal, but every year a friend and I attend Farm Aid, the music festival originated by Nelson and others to benefit family farmers. There is a lot of liberal propaganda at these shows, but in between there is some great music. Nelson always come on last, and his set is generally longer than anyone else’s on the bill.

Nelson has also been known to keep playing as long as there is someone in the audience. If there is one person left, he and his band will keep on playing. I don't know if he still does. I'm usually too tired to last longer than 11 pm, but he still had a lot of energy at his age.

28 posted on 04/21/2012 9:17:51 AM PDT by fatnotlazy
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To: smokingfrog

Marijuana poisons a persons thought process like alcohol poisons the liver. After a lifetime of smoking pot they realize they have wasted their time on earth in a THC mental haze.


29 posted on 04/21/2012 9:17:51 AM PDT by Son House (The Economic Boom Heard Around The World => TEA Party 2012)
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To: Psalm 144
With all due respect to Willie and Merle, I still think Emmylou Harris's cover of Pancho & Lefty is the best :-)
30 posted on 04/21/2012 9:19:24 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Ditter; Yardstick

“City of New Orleans” was not written by Willie Nelson. It was written by Chicago’s own Steve Goodman.


31 posted on 04/21/2012 9:20:34 AM PDT by Charles Henrickson (Native Chicagoan)
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To: gov_bean_ counter

Was that a marijuana joke


32 posted on 04/21/2012 9:20:53 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (For every black person murdered by a white, thirty-nine white people are murdered by blacks.)
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

Not a fan of his, but I always liked “You Were Always on my Mind”.


33 posted on 04/21/2012 9:20:56 AM PDT by JudyinCanada
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To: Vaduz

Yes. 20 April 1889.


34 posted on 04/21/2012 9:21:17 AM PDT by JaguarXKE
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To: smokingfrog

How charming.


35 posted on 04/21/2012 9:22:07 AM PDT by miss marmelstein
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Coùld be.


36 posted on 04/21/2012 9:22:47 AM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (Sarah Palin: More miles per sound bite than the closest competitor...)
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To: Ditter

Is’nt it illegal to mention Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain without posting a video?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H7vaYOIKWYY


37 posted on 04/21/2012 9:22:57 AM PDT by heshtesh (I believe in Sarah Palin, the rest not so much.)
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To: bgill; Ditter
Blue Eyes Crying In the Rain

I heard a parody of that song that was pretty funny: "Blue Hair Driving in My Lane."

38 posted on 04/21/2012 9:23:25 AM PDT by Charles Henrickson (Adventures in Parodies.)
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To: Ditter

Personally I love the way he does that, but then again am not entirely familiar with his stuff as you are.

If that is when he is not in good voice I’m really impressed because I think it very soulful and beautiful. He has an honesty in his voice that makes a song sound genuine.


39 posted on 04/21/2012 9:26:18 AM PDT by Beowulf9
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To: Joe 6-pack

I identify with the high mileage, worn out old geezers for some reason . . .

As for Emmylou Harris, what did she ever do that did not shine! Easy on the eyes too. *sigh* Youth is so fleeting.


40 posted on 04/21/2012 9:30:16 AM PDT by Psalm 144 ("I'm not willing to light my hair on fire to try and get support. I am who I am." - Willard M Romney)
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To: Tigerized

,,,, I like Stevie Ray Vaughan as my favorite Austin resident musician ,,, Willie is a commie now dayz .


41 posted on 04/21/2012 9:30:52 AM PDT by Lionheartusa1 (-: Socialism is the equal distribution of misery :-)
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To: Lionheartusa1

I’m partial to Eric Johnson.


42 posted on 04/21/2012 9:31:57 AM PDT by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: Vaduz
I wonder why 4/20 is reserved to celebrate marijuana use?.
4/20 or 4:20 has been a pot smoking reference for decades: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/420_%28cannabis_culture%29
43 posted on 04/21/2012 9:33:45 AM PDT by dainbramaged (OMG - Obama Must Go)
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To: smokingfrog

A statue of Willie Nelson is a whole lot better than that OWS crowd that stunk up downtown a few months ago.

I realty like Willie,but Personally, I prefer Jerry Jeff Walker and Doug Sahm over the red headed stranger.


44 posted on 04/21/2012 9:34:28 AM PDT by Le Chien Rouge
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To: Psalm 144

Ever heard this Emmylou/Dave Matthews duet?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YY2gNbJFKn8


45 posted on 04/21/2012 9:34:48 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: HotHunt

Same here.


46 posted on 04/21/2012 9:35:29 AM PDT by unkus (Silence Is Consent)
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To: smokingfrog

What has 200 legs, 8 teeth, and an IQ of 26?

The front row at a Willie Nelson concert.


47 posted on 04/21/2012 9:35:51 AM PDT by Westbrook (Children do not divide your love, they multiply it.)
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To: Charles Henrickson; bgill
Willie made it famous.

Had you not have fallen
I would not have found you

Angel flying too close to the ground
And I patched up your broken wing
and hung around a while
Tryin’ to keep your spirits up
And your fever down

I knew some day you would fly away
Love's the greatest healer to be found
So leave me if you need to
I will still remember
Angel flying too close to the ground

48 posted on 04/21/2012 9:36:39 AM PDT by Ditter
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To: Ditter

Waylin and Willie song:” You’re old lady’s cheating on you and me”.


49 posted on 04/21/2012 9:38:01 AM PDT by unkus (Silence Is Consent)
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To: Psalm 144
As for Emmylou Harris, what did she ever do that did not shine! Easy on the eyes too. *sigh* Youth is so fleeting.

She was something back in the day, and she's aged very gracefully.

50 posted on 04/21/2012 9:40:43 AM PDT by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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