“Jimmy’s Song”

The Facts of Life: and Other Dirty Jokes
by Willie Nelson

“I wrote ‘Jimmy’s Song’ when my friend and bass player, David Zettner, was drafted into the army during the Viet Nam War.  I could have called it ‘David’s Song,’ but ‘Jimmy’s Road’ sounded more euphonious.  Thank you, Chet Atkins, for that big word.  He said that one time about some line I had written.  At the time I didn’t know what it meant — words that go together — but I said, ‘Alright Chet, thanks.’  I was relieved to find out later it was a good thing.”

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