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

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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, ...

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Overview

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.

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Editorial Reviews

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In the fifties, he sold encyclopedia, Bibles, and vacuum cleaners door-to-door, but then Willie Nelson found his true calling. Since then, this robust octogenarian has served as a grizzly, affable American troubadour, traveling the country to share his songs and good spirit. Like its title, Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die is vintage Willie; in this case, unghosted journal entries written while on the road. Augmenting those totes are stories, jokes, photographs, and reflections from Nelson friends, band-mates, and family. Free-spirited Kinky Friedman provides a warm-hearted introduction to the book. Now in trade paperback and NOOK Book.

Publishers Weekly
The latest in a collection of anecdotes and essays from singer-songwriter Nelson (The Facts of Life and Other Dirty Jokes) serves to reinforce his image as a sentimental country veteran who isn't averse to firing up the occasional joint or two. A mix of mundane diary entries ("It's a nice plane ride.... Thanks, American"); philosophic musings ("They say there are no ex-wives, only additional wives"; "once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you'll start having positive results"); the stories behind songs like "Shotgun Willie"; and pointed essays on the Occupy movement and Farm Aid, peppered with the occasional dirty joke, the book makes for an irreverent, entertaining read. Humble, optimistic, and quick to give credit to those around him for contributing to his success, Nelson is a charming narrator, lurching from subject to subject, but always with a point in mind. Readers interested in linear recounting of Nelson's colorful life are better served by his 2000 autobiography, but those who want to know him will do well to seek out this volume. It's the next best thing to an audience with the star performer. (Nov.)
Kirkus Reviews
Legendary musician Nelson and his friends share a year's worth of stories, lyrics, riffs and dirty jokes. At age 79, the prolific Nelson (A Tale Out of Luck, 2008, etc.) shows no signs of slowing down as he continues to travel the world with his "band of gypsies." This funny, heartwarming collection doesn't quite capture the experience of being on the road with the circus, but Nelson's unmistakable voice shines through. The songwriter shares tales from the road, thoughts of the day, early memories, classic lyrics, and recollections of people like Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings, among a host of lesser-known collaborators. Sister Bobbie Nelson and various children also chime in, while Kinky Friedman offers an affectionate foreword and Nelson's son Micah contributes some terrific portraits of everyone from Ray Charles to Django Reinhardt. There are some semi-serious moments, but the best characteristic about the book is its sense of being mostly unplanned. Page by page, you might get a list of the best pickers Willie has ever heard, the lyrics and the inspiration for "Shotgun Willie," or musings on golf, addiction, biodiesel, Farm Aid or the Occupy movement. However, it is neither as immaterial as The Tao of Willie (2006) nor as essential as his autobiography. Like another collection, The Facts of Life and Other Dirty Jokes (2001), how closely readers follow Nelson's meandering path may largely depend on their own lucidity at the time. Just one volume in Nelson's long story that remains much like its author: funny, inspirational and bawdy, with a well-honed sense of humor.
Jambands.com
“Compelling page-turner . . . for all his fame and accessibility, he still has so much wisdom left to share.”
American Songwriter
“Nelson takes us for a rollicking ride along the highways and byways of his long life and career in this rambunctious, hilarious, reflective, and loving memoir.”
Country Music Television
“So many decades into his fabled life and career, Willie fans pretty much know what to expect from him. And he does not let his readers down with his Musings From the Road.
Library Journal
With his career stuttering and his personal life in shreds, Nelson wasn't facing the greatest Christmas in 1971; even his house burned down. So he decided to change everything, shrugging off pressures to sound Nashville and heading in a whole new creative direction. A memoir-cum-inspirational tale that's right for the holidays; with a 125,000-copy first printing.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062193643
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 11/13/2012
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 497,297
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet 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


Excerpt

CHAPTER 1

EARLY MEMORIES


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!
(Continues...)


Excerpted from Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die by Willie Nelson. Copyright © 2012 by Willie Nelson. Excerpted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers.
All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
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  • Posted November 29, 2012

    I really enjoyed this book. It's both funny and inspirational an

    I really enjoyed this book. It's both funny and inspirational and will not disappoint any Willie Nelson fan.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2012

    Don't buy it.

    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.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2012

    OMG! !!

    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.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2012

    This is just trash!

    I can't believe how awful this book was. How could anyone not love Willie? I am just hoping he really needed $$. I 'm just sorry I didnt buy a hard copy so I coyld throw it away. And- Kinky - whats up with you?

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2012

    Beautiful package! Its Willie in true form, telling it as he se

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2012

    Willie, stick to music.

    Willie, your music is awesome. Your book was the worst I've ever read. Can I get a refund?

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 16, 2013

    Smoke this!!

    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!! :)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 14, 2012

    Ain't nobody like Willie!

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2012

    I love Willie's music, but this book was disappointing. Very sh

    I love Willie's music, but this book was disappointing. Very short and rambling.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 12, 2013

    fun read

    Awesome fun read! Felt like I was sitting in on a Jam session.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2013

    Stupid sample

    What is the point of a sample that doesn't get past the preface? Doesn't project confidence.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2013

    A LOYAL FAN Jan 25

    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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2013

    5 Stars to counteract the moronic 1-star reviews! If you want a

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2013

    Willie fan

    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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  • Posted December 28, 2012

    Recommended

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 24, 2012

    Highly recommended

    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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  • Posted December 10, 2012

    Highly recommended...you must check it out!!!

    Fantastic reading...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2012

    best

    best

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    Posted December 9, 2012

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    Posted February 28, 2013

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