Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die: Musings from the Road

Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die: Musings from the Road

by Willie Nelson, Kinky Friedman


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You won't see no sad and teary eyes when I get my wings, and it's my time to fly
Just call my friends and tell them there's a party, come on by
So just roll me up and smoke me when I die

In Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die, Willie Nelson muses about his greatest influences and celebrates the family, friends, and colleagues who have blesses his remarkable journey. Willie riffs on music, wives, Texas, politics, horses, religion, marijuana, children, the environment, poker, hogs, Nashville, karma, and more. He shares the outlaw wisdom he has acquired over eight decades, along with favorite jokes and insights. Rare family pictures, beautiful artwork created by his son Micah Nelson, and lyrics to classic songs punctuate these charming and poignant memories.

At once a road journal and a fitting tribute to America's greatest traveling bard, Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die—introduced by Kinky Friedman, another favorite son of Texas—is a deeply personal look into the heart and soul of one of the greatest artists of our time.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062293312
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 08/27/2013
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 387,158
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Willie Nelson is one of the most popular, prolific, and influential songwriters and singers in the history of American music. He has recorded more than one hundred albums over six decades, appeared in several films, and written two New York Times bestsellers: Willie: An Autobiography and The Facts of Life and Other Dirty Jokes.

Micah Nelson is a musician, visual artist, and videographer, and plays regularly with his father Willie Nelson.

Kinky Friedman is an author, musician, defender of strays, cigar smoker, and the governor of the heart of Texas.

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Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die

By Willie Nelson

HarperCollins Publishers

Copyright © 2012 Willie Nelson
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-0-06-219364-3




I'm flashing back to my first memories; they are of a blacksmith shop in Abbott, Texas. My grandfather is shoeing a horse. He is heating the horseshoe in the roaring hot coals in the furnace. I'm standing on my tiptoes turning the bellows that blows the air on the furnace, keeping the fire going. He heats the horseshoe till it is red hot, then fits it to the horse's hoof, cools it off in water, and nails it onto the horse's hoof. A horse kicked him one day and ruptured his stomach.

He wore a truss the rest of his life until he died from pneumonia at fifty-six. I was seven years old at the time my grandfather died. The next memory is my first introduction to gospel music. It is of a tabernacle that sat next to my house, where in the summertime we had revivals. The Methodists, the Baptists, and the Church of Christ all held their church services in the tabernacle. I am sitting at the table looking out the window, listening to them all. My first performance in church was when I was about five. I was wearing a white sailor suit with red trim. I start to recite a poem my grandmother taught me, but I have been picking my nose, which now starts to bleed. I hold my nose with one finger and while blood runs all over my little white sailor suit I recite my poem:

    What are you looking at me for?
    I ain't got nothin' to say
    If you don't likes the looks of me
    Just look the other way

My next memory is of our bumblebee fights. On Sundays we would all go out and fight bumblebees. I was ten years old. The farmers around Abbott would run into bumblebee nests during the week while they worked their fields. They would let us know where to go, and eight or ten of us boys would go out and fight the bees. Some days I would come home with both eyes swollen shut from bee stings.

What fun we had!

We made paddles, sawed out of wooden boxes, that looked like Ping-Pong paddles with holes. One of us would go in and shake the nest and stir up the bees. Then, when the bees were swarming, everyone would start swinging. The bees always headed for your eyes. The next memory is when we (the same bee-hunting boys and me) are all hiding behind a billboard sign on the main road, Highway 81, that runs through Abbott, which is between Waco and Dallas. We have tied a string to a lady's purse that we laid in the middle of the highway. A car would come by, see the purse, hit the brakes, stop, and back up to get the purse. At that moment we would pull the purse back to us behind the billboard sign. The driver would then realize that it was a prank, give us the finger, and speed away. We laughed a lot.

Another great Sunday!

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Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die: Musings from the Road 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
MsTray More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. It's both funny and inspirational and will not disappoint any Willie Nelson fan.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The fact that I read this book in 2 days is its only saving grace. Horribly written. Horribly self promoting. Horribly rambling. The other plus... the art work by son Micah. Thank you Micha. Trust me. Do not waste your the or money.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Beautiful package! Its Willie in true form, telling it as he sees it. The package is beautiful-- inside there's a hand drawn sketch of Willie along with his signature. This book gives fans a nice glimpse into Willie's life, with portraits of his family and some of his closest friends. Great book from a living legend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love Willie and his music, but this book was just awful! Pointless. I've never written a revie before, but I felt the need to warn people not to waste their money. Just my opinion, but I was really disappointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Willie, your music is awesome. Your book was the worst I've ever read. Can I get a refund?
Em-Lee More than 1 year ago
great book, given as a gift to my brother in law, and he loves it and cant put it down...says it was the best Christmas gift he received!! :)
Robins_Son More than 1 year ago
Willie...he says what he believes. His music has made people happy for going on 70 years, since he was small. He's a true philosopher. This is a good book to get acquainted with him, if you haven't read any of his other musings. I surely love his music and his attitude. His words make me think he's be a good person to have as a friend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love Willie's music, but this book was disappointing. Very short and rambling.
Anonymous 27 days ago
Such an insightful easy read with grace and humor, love and truth. And above all this book was about family, family first, and the lessons of total respect for your fellow man. It inspires you to better and kinder by not expecting anything in return. This was kindly engaging and always positive filled with simple truths about life. All it seems you need to do is slow down long enough to see truth around you. I've read three of Mr. Nelson's books and have taken away the same message: live, love, laugh, and respect! Keep writing, playing, singing, and believing Mr Nelson. You're a rare and gentle soul. Keep up the good work sir! Carry on:-)
pengesser More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book very much. I am a big fan of Willie Nelson and the book gives insight into his upbringing and life. After reading it, I now know for certain he is just like his stage persona. Laid back and awesome!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well first of all if u like willie nelson then read this book.I don't really care for him but I wanted to read this book. It was ok it was a fast read.
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mja1 More than 1 year ago
Awesome fun read! Felt like I was sitting in on a Jam session.
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Only my love of this man and his music made me finish the book,his music is great but the book sucks. I will take 50cents for my copy
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
5 Stars to counteract the moronic 1-star reviews! If you want a real review, do an Internet search find one from a real literary critic. But I'll tell you that I really enjoyed this book. Of course, I didn't go into it expecting a literary masterpiece. The title says "musings", people. It's just the stories, anecdotes and ramblings of a true American legend. The main concept running through the book is "don't be an %$#hole." I think many of the folks that gave it one star are not taking Willie's advice!
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Ithought this book was awesome! LOVE the stories as being told by willie...more interesting and i never found a dull or boring moment...Great job Willie..We love you..
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willie13 More than 1 year ago
This is an easy read, but it is enlightening, informational, and funny (sometimes a little crude), but you will find out what Willie says about that.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I got Willie Nelson's new book as a Christmas gift for my priest. Father Alex is a die-hard fan of Willie Nelson! He said the book "was a hoot"! He really enjoyed it.
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