Tragic Details About Willie Nelson

Tragic Details About Willie Nelson


Willie Nelson always seems so happy and mellow
that it’s hard to imagine that anything bad ever happened to him. As it turns out, though, he’s more than equipped
to play the blues every now and again because behind that joyful facade hides a man who
has dealt with his fair share of hard knocks. Here’s the tragic real-life story of Willie
Nelson. Willie Nelson has accumulated a number of
nicknames over the years, but one of them in particular seems pretty out of character:
Shotgun Willie. The official website of Willie Nelson and
Family has the story behind the unlikely moniker, and it very much involves a real shotgun. Back in the day, Nelson’s daughter Lana was
married to a violent man called Steve. One day, Nelson got physical with Steve, which
led to a short gunfight after Steve subsequently followed Nelson home and opened fire on his
house. Nelson grabbed an M1 rifle and returned fire,
which drove the attacker away. Steve then retaliated by kidnapping his and
Lana’s son and threatening to, in his words, “get rid” of Nelson. The singer decided to set up a trap, waiting
for the attack with his rifle and yeah, you guessed it his shotgun. Nelson later described the incident: “He drove by the house, and I ran out the
garage door. Steve saw me and took off. That’s when I shot his car and shot out his
tire. Steve called the cops on me. Instead of explaining the whole damn mess,
the beatings and the semi-kidnapping and shooting and all, I told the officers he must have
run over the bullet.” In 1973, Nelson took the nickname and ran
with it, releasing his album Shotgun Willie. It’s probably fair to imagine most country
music stars being pretty politically conservative but not Willie Nelson. For one, the singer has his own cannabis product
line called Willie’s Reserve and even once smoked a joint on the roof of the White House
way back in 1980. “And you have assigned yourself CTO is that
correct?” “Chief Tester.” “Yeah, ah, Chief Testing Officer.” He has also written an anti-Trump protest
song, and is well known for supporting gay marriage, environmental causes and, of course,
the legalization of a certain little green plant. Despite all this, Nelson managed to court
controversy in 2018 when his fans found out he was supporting Democrat Beto O’Rourke’s
Senate campaign. Conservative country fans were outraged when
Nelson not only invited O’Rourke onstage during a concert, but even agreed to headline a rally
for the candidate. Soon, many of Nelson’s Republican-leaning
fans were voicing their anger and disappointment on social media, stating that they couldn’t
enjoy the artist anymore and even attempting to sell tickets they’d bought to his shows. Nelson himself took the outrage in stride,
and noted that he has never really hidden the fact that he supports the Democrats. He also made a point of noting that everyone
has a right to an opinion, including himself, and said that he personally doesn’t mind even
if supporters of Donald Trump enjoy his music. If you’re even superficially familiar with
Willie Nelson’s life, you’ll probably be aware that the man spent a good chunk of the 1980s
and 1990s up to his armpits in tax trouble. His long financial turmoil started in 1984,
when the IRS discovered that Nelson’s accounting company Price Waterhouse had been using tax
shelter investments to claim some pretty hefty deductions. Nelson promptly took the accounting firm to
court, but the damage had already been done. The IRS slapped the artist with a massive
tax bill and an assortment of penalties and interest, which along with a second tax bill
plunged him into a pit of debt even one of the most famous country musicians in the world
couldn’t easily climb out of. Nelson was unable to make significant payments
as the years went by, which meant that his debt kept accruing. At the height of his tax troubles, Nelson
owed the IRS an incredible $32 million. On November 9th 1990, Willie Nelson’s already
shaky financial world came tumbling down. This was the day the IRS finally grew tired
of the singer’s outrageous tax debt. In an attempt to settle the score, federal
agents seized pretty much everything the singer owned. He only managed to save his most prized possession,
the beloved guitar he called Trigger, because his daughter managed to send it to Maui before
the raid took place. For a while, the situation was so bad that
Nelson didn’t even dare perform live for fear that the taxman would take the door receipts. Luckily, losing all his earthly possessions
didn’t turn out quite as badly for Nelson you might think, because the country star
had a ton of friends and fans who were aware of the situation and reacted to the auction
of his belongings by buying a whole bunch of his assets and then donating them right
back to the artist. Farmers, in particular, were extremely helpful,
because they remembered the many millions of dollars Nelson’s Farm Aid concerts had
raised for their industry. Unfortunately, Nelson still owed the IRS something
along the lines of $16.7 million. Fortunately, his lawyer was eventually able
to negotiate it down to “just” $6 million. But Nelson still couldn’t afford to pay. In order to pay this outstanding debt, Nelson
and the IRS teamed up for a peculiar plan to raise money: Nelson sold an appropriately
somber, two-disc collection of acoustic versions of his songs in an infomercial, and a chunk
of the proceedings would go directly to the IRS. Nelson, who kept his sense of humor throughout
the ordeal, even named the album The IRS Tapes: Who’ll Buy My Memories? The album sold fewer units than anticipated
and failed to settle Nelson’s debt, thanks in part to one silly mistake: in one of the
commercials for the tapes, Nelson was wearing a shirt that featured the wrong phone number. Fortunately, around this time, the singer’s
lawsuit with the accounting company that got him in this whole mess in the first place
was settled for an undisclosed sum, and he became involved in a number of other lucrative
projects. The combined windfall over the next few years
was enough for Nelson to finally pay the taxman. When you’re a famous singer who tours the
country pretty much non-stop and has adoring fans surround you on a nightly basis, it can
be extremely easy to give in to temptation. Willie Nelson knows this well, and the singer
has always been fairly open about his assorted infidelities. Nelson says that life on the road isn’t exactly
“healthy for marriages,” and he has the ex-wives to prove it. One particularly nasty example of the Red
Headed Stranger’s infidelities impacting his marital life came in 1971, when Nelson’s wife
Shirley Collie received a letter that contained the bill for the birth of a baby called Paula
Carlene Nelson. This was all fine and dandy, except for one
minor issue: Collie hadn’t given birth to any baby recently. The mother was actually one Connie Koepke,
and the hospital had billed the wrong woman by accident. Suffice to say, Nelson’s marriage with Collie
didn’t last too long after that. Willie Nelson is a veteran of three divorces,
and they haven’t all ended amicably. For example, his first wife left him because
of his hard-drinking ways, and gave him the parting gift of tying him up in a sheet and
beating him with a broom. According to his official website, Nelson
remains somewhat unapologetic about his many ended marriages, and has been known to say
that divorces are expensive for a reason: They’re worth it. Despite this, he doesn’t demonize his ex-wives
or, for that matter, even really think of them as “ex-wives.” According to the man himself: “Along the way you pick up wives and kids
and you are responsible for them. You don’t discard them. There is no such thing as ex-wives, only additional
wives.” As befitting a country singer, Willie Nelson
has had his fair share of troubles with the law. But Nelson’s arrests have been less about
general outlaw trouble-making and more about… well, exactly what you probably assume Willie
Nelson might get arrested for. “And by the way Willie Nelson’s the only
person who’s ever out-smoked Snoop Dogg.” Yeah, no surprise there. Between 1974 and 2010, the Red Headed Stranger
was arrested four times on drug charges. Unsurprisingly, marijuana possession seems
to be his go-to charge, though in 2006 Nelson decided to diversify by getting arrested for
possession of 1 1/2 pounds of pot and over three ounces of mushrooms. The sheer amount of kush on him would have
been more than enough to charge the country star with a distribution felony, but luckily
the four other people in the bus pulled a Spartacus: Each of them claimed they owned
the drugs. Ultimately, law enforcement let them all off
with a misdemeanor charge. Willie Nelson is extremely fond of his entourage,
which he tends to think as something of an extended family. Imagine, then, his pain when one of these
people a bandmate, no less unexpectedly passes away. Sadly, this exact scenario played out in 2011,
when Nelson’s longtime bass player Dan “Bee” Spears was stepping out of his motor home
near Nashville, Tennessee, and unexpectedly slipped and fell. Details about the events that followed are
scarce, but the lifeless body of the 62-year-old musician was found the next day. Reportedly, his cause of death was exposure. As expected, Nelson was shocked and saddened
by the loss of his longtime band member and friend. Willie Nelson turned 86 in 2019, but he’s
still very much in the touring game. Whether this is a display of truly exceptional
work ethic or merely a man doing what he loves as long as humanly possible is up for debate,
but one thing is tragically certain: his advanced age and life on the road have meant all sorts
of health scares for the singer. One such scare occurred in August 2019, when
Nelson abruptly canceled the remaining 30 shows of his tour because of a “breathing
problem” that required a doctor. Fortunately, this particular issue was either
quickly solved or deemed insignificant, because Nelson’s publicist soon announced that he
will resume the tour after all. However, this is hardly an isolated event. Nelson has been struggling with emphysema
for several years, and show cancellations and rescheduling have been common. In 2017, another bout of “respiratory issues”
forced him to stop a concert short in Salt Lake City. While he blamed the altitude for that particular
incident, it would not be his last. In 2018, a “devastating” flu took Nelson’s
February tour dates off the calendar, and a few months later he had to walk off stage
without playing a note. “I’m 85 years old so at some point you gotta
start realizing, you know, how many more years you wanna go.” They say art is pain, but Willie Nelson’s
experience with pain goes far beyond the emotional. Instead, it’s a very physical situation namely,
carpal tunnel syndrome. 2004 was a particularly agonizing year for
the country star, as his condition got so bad that he had to call it quits part-way
through a concert in Las Vegas. The pain was so excruciating that he had to
cancel two months’ worth of concerts in order to fix his carpal tunnel syndrome with surgery,
and while he was able to pick up his guitar again, his struggle with the problem has been
a long one. In fact, carpal tunnel syndrome may even have
affected Nelson’s peculiarly “jazzy” and “avant-garde” playing style, much like his idol Django Reinhardt
had to develop his peculiar style because two of his fingers were paralyzed. Christmas Day in 1991 was one of the worst
days in Willie Nelson’s life because that was the day when the singer’s 33-year-old
son Billy, a musician himself, was found dead in his Tennessee home. According to news reports at the time, he
had taken his own life. Billy Nelson had been struggling with alcohol
abuse for quite some time, had been arrested for drunk driving no less than four times,
and did a stint in rehab in 1990. Unfortunately, he failed to sober up, and
was legally drunk the night he died. Nelson kept in touch with Billy and provided
him with an allowance, and Billy’s good friend said that the musician did all he could for
his son. However, Nelson himself has admitted that
he was often on the road during Billy’s childhood, and a family friend heavily insinuated that
Billy’s life had been less than peaceful. Still, Billy’s death completely and utterly
crushed Nelson. After the tragedy, he said: “I’ve never experienced anything so devastating
in my life.” If you or anyone you know is having suicidal
thoughts, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

48 thoughts on “Tragic Details About Willie Nelson

  • November 13, 2019 at 12:02 am
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    Shotgun willow pillow

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  • November 13, 2019 at 12:02 am
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  • November 13, 2019 at 12:04 am
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    Time to die

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  • November 13, 2019 at 12:06 am
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    Do Hank Williams Jr next please I love your videos

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  • November 13, 2019 at 12:07 am
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    YOU SUCK!!! YOU OLD FART!!!!

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  • November 13, 2019 at 12:08 am
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    for gods sakes be a little more creative with titles they are all the same

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  • November 13, 2019 at 12:08 am
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    For understanding youtube, Interview with Rabbi Abraham Finkelstein. To hear how the Talmud plays with the world.

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  • November 13, 2019 at 12:08 am
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    Try doing a positive video, sometime, Honey! This is horse-shit!

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  • November 13, 2019 at 12:09 am
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    PS who on earth do you think you are?
    Certainly not a journalist.

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  • November 13, 2019 at 12:10 am
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    Supported Beto & the Demanazies. Proof that Pot lowers ones I.Q. & rots your brain. Sad…….

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  • November 13, 2019 at 12:11 am
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    You called him shotgun willie and ithought he did a kurt Cobain with his big toe.

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  • November 13, 2019 at 12:12 am
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    Keep smoking willie 🍺🇨🇦
    Fu** them in the ear.

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  • November 13, 2019 at 12:17 am
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    I like my old man’s nickname for him “Silly Willie” 💞

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  • November 13, 2019 at 12:19 am
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    Wow! I didn't know he is a commie supporting democrat!

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  • November 13, 2019 at 12:20 am
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    You need more than 'tragic' in your vocabulary. FFS.

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  • November 13, 2019 at 12:26 am
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    fuck Willie! out of touch has been

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  • November 13, 2019 at 12:29 am
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    On YouTube again. Just can’t wait to get on YouTube again.

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  • November 13, 2019 at 12:34 am
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    Eh, Ol Man Willie. Bring It, Brother 😉

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  • November 13, 2019 at 12:37 am
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    Did he died?

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  • November 13, 2019 at 12:40 am
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    Willie knows like so many other celebrities how sick donny boy is !!! tRumps rein of terror is almost over … Then he can rest in a nice padded stall in "Bellevue" where the fuck he belongs !!!

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  • November 13, 2019 at 12:40 am
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    oh Willie, gave you a thumbs down, can't do do dummiecrats dude

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  • November 13, 2019 at 12:44 am
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    Willie Nelson is like the Dark Souls of smoking weed

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  • November 13, 2019 at 12:48 am
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    I HAD NO IDEA WILLY WAS COMMUNIST IVE SEEN HIM LIVE , DRUNK OUT OF HIS MIND,TEX.STATE FAIR 1981 .

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  • November 13, 2019 at 12:57 am
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    Dd

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  • November 13, 2019 at 12:58 am
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    The tragic reality, real journalism is dead.

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  • November 13, 2019 at 1:03 am
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    To think I thought I liked him.

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  • November 13, 2019 at 1:07 am
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    Tragic details that have come out about YouTube channels Grunge and Nicki Swift… Neither channel has any clue what the word "tragic" even means.

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  • November 13, 2019 at 1:10 am
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    I've seen Willie in concert b4 and he is a country legend & personally someone I admire. Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain is my all time favorite W.N. song💜🙏✌

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  • November 13, 2019 at 1:16 am
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    We stan a king

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  • November 13, 2019 at 1:41 am
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    Whew. I thought y’all was gonna say he died!!!

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  • November 13, 2019 at 2:02 am
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    Democrat moron Willie is a traitor to the President .Kiss butt Democrat owned by CNN.TRUMP 2020

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  • November 13, 2019 at 2:49 am
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    Wow

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  • November 13, 2019 at 2:52 am
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    I dont support him I like to breath clean air asshole

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  • November 13, 2019 at 2:56 am
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    He is no role model

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  • November 13, 2019 at 2:58 am
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    Fuck Willie Nelson

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  • November 13, 2019 at 3:06 am
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    DID YOU KNOW THAT THE IRS IS AN ILLEGAL RACKET!???!!!!!

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  • November 13, 2019 at 3:26 am
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    Losing a child is, in my view, the hardest thing that a person can go through.

    No parent should have to arrange a memorial service for their own child.

    I will say this to anyone who does go through the loss of a child, or even just anyone who is fortunate enough to be able to have a child in their life, and that is to cherish the memories, the moments, the smiles and the laughter, even the poop filled diapers at 3am.

    Hold closely, all the blessings we're fortunate enough to receive during a child's life.

    My wife and I lost our first child very shortly after welcoming her to the world and to our family, and it is something that still, to this day, 23 years later, is painful.

    I think of her every day.. What she would be like today, what would she look like? What would she be doing with her life? What traits of her mother and what traits of her father wouls she have most strongly?

    Anytime I think that being a parent to the to great, miracle children whom we had to wait 15 + 17 years to welcome into this world, I don't have to think very long about the older sister that my two children you'll never good to know and that perspective is all I need to remember just how lucky I am to be solving a problem, or breaking up an argument oh, I'm getting my two kids to work together, because oh, well, with that perspective, nothing I have to deal with in raising these two kids is all that bad.

    Willie Nelson my wife and I would just like to say thank you are all the years of music clearly came from the heart. I'm not even the country music fan but I am a huge Nelson fan, both my wife and I are.

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  • November 13, 2019 at 3:31 am
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    Willie Nelson is still alive

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  • November 13, 2019 at 4:01 am
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    So Willy Nelson, who shot at his son in law professes his love for Beto. So did Willie give all his guns to Beto in a show of love? I doubt it.

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  • November 13, 2019 at 4:37 am
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    I miss read it as Willy Nelson’s tragic death thank god I was wrong

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  • November 13, 2019 at 5:06 am
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    Oh Willie you can lay your head on my shoulder any time..luvu and I supported Beto wow,see,we're a good match💋call me Shotgun!!

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  • November 13, 2019 at 5:07 am
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    He's a Libtard? Well look at him, course.

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  • November 13, 2019 at 5:39 am
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    what happened? did he die?

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  • November 13, 2019 at 7:28 am
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    nelson spent the 80s in tax trouble. trump lowers taxes. willie hates trump. go figure

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  • November 13, 2019 at 7:53 am
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    I never liked Willie . Or his singing. He doesn't sing he talks.

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  • November 13, 2019 at 8:23 am
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    Don't care you had a privileged life do not feel sorry for that f*** you want to hear a hard luck story there's millions of them billions of them screw the wealthy Trump 20/20

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  • November 13, 2019 at 8:57 am
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    Ive smoked weed with B-Real, Willie is on the list. How hot would it be to shoot an AK with him n Beto on weed man? Beto be "hell yes imma take your AK47 and shoot this tannerite with it."

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  • November 13, 2019 at 10:09 am
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    Sure he has his faults, but at least he's open about them and doesn't hide them. You Were Always On My Mind is one of my favorite songs. He's quirky and different. I love Willie Nelson.

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