You don't have a Country Music series and get beyond, well, number 16 without featuring this man. You just do not. So I'm not going to. He being Willie Nelson from Abbott, Texas outside of Waco. If George Jones is 'The Voice', then Willie is the other voice - unique and unmistakable. It's a twang of familiarity; the voice of a friend; man of the people:
When Bob Dylan wrote "he who is not busy being born is busy dying," he could easily have been talking about Willie Nelson.So here he is: Mr Willie Nelson, singing 'Family Bible':
There's a family Bible on the tableRock of Ages, people. Rock of Ages.
Its pages worn and hard to read
But the family Bible on the table
Will ever be my key to memories.
At the end of day when work was over
And when the evening meal was done
Dad would read to us from the family Bible
And we'd count our many blessings one by one.
I can see us sitting round the table
When from the family Bible Dad would read
And I can hear my mother softly singing
"Rock of Ages, Rock of Ages, cleft for me."
Now this old world of ours is filled with trouble
This old world would oh so better be
If we found more Bibles on the table
And mothers singing "Rock of Ages, cleft for me."
[The Momma 'n' Daddy Archive, containing all the details of this enthralling series, is here.]