We’ve heard some wild stories about the big ones Willy Nelson over the years.
Of his (alleged) 9-hour sex marathonto the true story of how he got his nickname “Shotgun Willie”, at the time his ex-wife tied him up and beat him with a broomhe lived a real outlaw life that you usually only read about in books.
While some of the stories might be slightly embellished or incomplete and 100% true, they are believable because that’s who Willie is and why he became an American icon.
But in his 2012 Book, Roll me up and smoke me when I die Willie admitted he was “barely out of kindergarten” when he started smoking and drinking.
It prompted his neighbor to warn him that he had better be careful with the habits he picked up as it could lead to perpetual misery:
“When I was about six years old, she told me that anyone who drank beer or smoked cigarettes – really anyone who used alcohol or tobacco – was going to hell.
She really believed that, and for a while I did too.”
It didn’t take long for him to find out that wasn’t really the case, as he also wrote that he’s “been trapped in hell ever since.” [he] just got out of kindergarten.”
And to support his early habits, since he couldn’t go out and find a job to pay for any of it, he traded the eggs his family had for a pack of cigarettes:
“Take off a dozen eggs [the] Chicken, go to the store and swap the dozen eggs.”
I mean, he was clearly way too young to do something like that, but he’s always been one hell of a businessman by the sound of it.
As he got older, he decided to quit smoking altogether, including cigarettes and marijuana, due to health issues and breathing difficulties. He also noted that many of his closest family members including his mother, father, stepmother and stepfather all died as a result of smoking.
He even remarked that he loved the packaging of the cigarette boxes, saying that “they were marketed straight to me!”
Willie admitted part of his addiction was to lighting up and smoking. So of course he “rolled twenty joints [and] replaced the twenty Chesterfields in his pack of cigarettes and the rest, as they say, is history.
Although he also said it was extremely difficult to leave her, it was also one of the best decisions he ever made.
2019 saw a spate of press reports stating that he smoked quite a bit of weed, and while it’s technically true, he still enjoys his Willie’s Reserve cannabis in other ways.
I mean, I think that sums it all up…
“Roll me up and smoke me when I die
And if someone doesn’t like it, just look them in the eye
I didn’t come here and I won’t go
So don’t sit around and cry
Just roll me up and smoke me when I die.”
I guess he’s been an outlaw since day one…
https://www.whiskeyriff.com/2023/01/16/willie-nelson-used-to-trade-a-dozen-eggs-for-a-pack-of-cigarettes-when-he-started-drinking-and-smoking-at-age-six/ Willie Nelson traded a dozen eggs for a pack of cigarettes when he started drinking and smoking at the age of six