Scroll on down...you think Willie might have once upon a time climbed that water tower?
Just some thoughts:
What are we gonna do when Willie's gone?
There won't be no one left to sing our songs
Ole Hank, Lefty, Merle, George and Johnny
Their all gone
There be no one left to sing our songs
The picture you see here is the current day water tower in Abbott, Texas.
Recently we found ourselves pulling off a Texas interstate and driving a mile or so to Abbott, Abbott is Willie Nelson's hometown. Abbott is where Willie and his sister Bobbie grew up raised by their dad's parents, Willie and Bobbie grandparent's.
As I stood looking at the water tower I thought to myself, "I bet in Willie' s time he climbed that water tower. Maybe even put his initials there." Willie is eighty-four years old. No one lives forever.
"Austin is cool. Colorado is high and mighty. The California coast is something to behold. The world is filled with spots of great natural beauty. And even though no one in their right mind would put Abbott in that class, I'd never be in my right mind if I hadn't been raised right in Abbott."
Willie Nelson--It's A Long Story My Life
"Unlike many famous people who left their hometowns and never looked back, Willie felt Abbott was always the home of his heart. It was where he was born, where Daddy and Mama Nelson raised him, and where he wrote his first poems and songs. He would come back many times to play concerts there, or maybe just dominoes; to visit old friends; and to reconnect with the land and the memories."
With a bit of seriousness as I got back in my car from the picture taking I had that thought. " What are we going to do when Willie's gone?
June 18, 2017