Skip to comments.Willie Nelson unveils statue of himself on 4/20
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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,,,, I like Stevie Ray Vaughan as my favorite Austin resident musician ,,, Willie is a commie now dayz .
I’m partial to Eric Johnson.
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.
Ever heard this Emmylou/Dave Matthews duet?
What has 200 legs, 8 teeth, and an IQ of 26?
The front row at a Willie Nelson concert.
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
Waylin and Willie song:” You’re old lady’s cheating on you and me”.
She was something back in the day, and she's aged very gracefully.
I’m sure another Willie song won’t inflict anyone with Reefer Madness.:)
Willie is a helpless idiot, completely illiterate when it comes to leading life. The only thing that has saved him from the fate of so many others like him is his wonderful musical talent.
Willie has two great things going for him.... his music and his liver.
On the Road Again
Poncho and Lefty
The Highwaymen - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uw1bHaUk1CM
Google those if you haven’t heard them...they are great songs.
Willie is a classic...there won’t be many more like him in today’s American Idol canned music scene.
Roll me up and smoke me when I die!...
I don’t own any of his music, either. He’s talented, but I don’t like him.
That’s true. Lots of performers don’t write their hit songs. But Willie’s recording of it is the best one out there. Another one he didn’t write — Townes Van Zandt wrote it — but which is excellent is the Ballad of Poncho and Leftie. His version is only topped by Emmylou Harris’s, which I think is the definitive one:
Too funny, I just made a similar comment.
Another one of hers that I love is Tulsa Queen:
Mmmmm, love you’re gig, Willie. Marijuana is rather nice. Keep rocking.
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