Willie Nelson – ‘Ride Me Back Home’ is available @ Apple Music.
by Walter Price
Mortality is a beast. It can either drag you down with a whirlwind of what-if thoughts or, if you’re Willie, at 86, you can keep on keepin’ on and write and perform songs that conversationally take time for what it is. Inevitable.
And on his latest savvy set of pure Nelson Americana, ‘Ride Me Back Home’, the originals and covers are here to confirm that this outlaw isn’t dead yet. Physically, mentally and certainly not artistically. As the single “Come On Time” plays-out like a conversation between to ole friends. Reminiscing and taunting one another with experience and results.
Time is my friend, my friend
The more I reject it, the more that it kicks in
Just enough to keep me on my toes
I say, come on time, I’ve beat you before
Come on time, what have you got for me this time?
I’ll take your words of wisdom and I’ll try to make ’em rhyme
Hey, it’s just me and you again, come on time
With Nelson’s voice being an enduring part of the American landscape, it’s comforting and inspiring that he is still telling his truths in brilliantly raw vibrancy.
Time, as you’ve passed me by
Why did you leave these lines on my face?
You sure have put me in my place
Come on time, come on time
Pure and simple, every time.
Producer: Buddy Cannon