Willie Nelson picks up the Tempo at the Fillmore


I took this Friday night.

Friday night a woman behind me at the Willie Nelson and Family show at the Fillmore  said, “I had to come see Willie Nelson tonight.  This might be my last chance.”

I smiled at her and wanted to ask if she was dying soon, but that wouldn’t have been polite.    But all I said was, “Well, there’s always tomorrow night, and the night after that, and the night after that, and then one more night after that.  And that’s just shows here at the Fillmore.  And then there’s  the 30+ shows on his schedule for the next few months.  See him as much as you feel inclined, or can afford.

He sang his song Pick up the Tempo again last night:

People are saying that time will take care of people like me
That I’m livin’ too fast and they say I can’t last too much longer
But little they see that their thoughts of me is my saviour
And little they know that the beat oughta go just a little faster
So pick up the tempo just a little and take it on home
The singer ain’t singin’ and the drummer’s been draggin’ too long
Time will take care of itself so just leave time alone
And pick up the tempo just a little and take it on home

Well I’m wild and I’m mean and I’m creatin’ a scene I’m goin’ crazy
Well I’m good and I’m bad and I’m happy and I’m sad and I’m lazy
I’m quiet and I’m loud and I’m gatherin’ a crowd and I like gravy
About half off the wall but I learned it all in the Navy
So pick up the tempo…

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