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Willie Nelson: Living in the Promiseland

My mother, Helen Joyce drove an eggshell Cadillac until she couldn’t drive any more, and the sprawl of West Texas required she spend lots of time in her car. She and I agreed on all things “Willie” and we differed on most things political, but when his cd in her Caddy landed on this track, all our differences blew away with the West Texas wind. We sang along with him most times and she always had it playing when I came to town. Our common ground was “Living in the Promiseland”.  I love it for that and also because it makes me feel home.

Willie himself said he was surprised at how relevant the song seems now.  He also said, “I’m happy to smoke a joint with anybody.”  Just so you know…

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