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Posted: 12/31/2003 6:23:38 PM EDT
I can't believe it!First the Dixie Sluth's and
now "Willie"!

Where are the hero's of the past? Like John Wayne???

Anybody here ever read Charlie Daniels letter
on G.Gordon Liddy's web site, (liddyshow.com).

Nelson pens protest song
Ballad will debut at fund-raising concert for Democratic presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich, who comes to town Friday


Country legend Willie Nelson Tuesday evening, Dec. 30, 2003, at Texas Roadhouse in Owensboro, Ky. Musisian says he hopes song's tough questions cause backlash. Lyrics to

What Ever Happened To Peace On Earth  



By Michael Corcoran


Wednesday, December 31, 2003

Willie Nelson woke up early Christmas morning at the Lake Elsinore, Calif., home of his in-laws and turned on the news.

"There was nothing but bad news, and here it was Christmas Day," Nelson said. "I said, `There sure are a lot of babies dying and mothers crying,' and (wife) Annie said, `That sounds like a song.' "

By the end of the day, Nelson had written the anti-war ballad "What Ever Happened to Peace on Earth," which he will debut at Saturday's fund-raising concert for Democratic presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich at Austin Music Hall.

"That's only the second protest song I've ever written," Nelson said Tuesday from his tour bus in Tennessee, "but it just came pouring out."

Nelson often performed his anti-war composition "Jimmy's Road" at peace rallies during the 1991 Gulf War. It was released on 1992's "The IRS Tapes: Who'll Buy My Memories?"

Asked if he's concerned that the new song -- which asks such biting questions as "How much oil is one human life worth?" and "How much is a liar's word worth?" -- might cause a backlash with conservative country music fans, Nelson said, "I sure hope so. I don't care if people say, `Who the hell does he think he is?' I know who I am."

Nelson plans to record the song in Nashville today and rush-release it as a single, though the song itself suggests that it won't get much airplay: "Now, you probably won't hear this on your radio/ Probably not on your local TV/ But if there's a time, and you're ever so inclined/ You can always hear it from me." The lyrics were released Tuesday by the Kucinich campaign.

Nelson said the reaction he's had from friends for whom he's played the song has been overwhelmingly positive. Houston lawyer Joe Jamail, a longtime Willie crony, told the singer that he plans to buy a full-page ad in the Houston Chronicle to display the lyrics.

"Now, I haven't played it for Toby (Keith) yet," Nelson said with a laugh. Although the two are close friends, the sentiments of "What Ever Happened to Peace on Earth" are the polar opposite of Keith's angry-American anthem "Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue," with its call to arms.

"Toby wrote that song in reaction to 9/11, which was a totally different thing than watching U.S. soldiers die in Iraq," Nelson said. "Toby's said he's not a Republican or a Democrat; he's a Christian. So we're coming from the same place."

Nelson said he became interested in endorsing Kucinich because of the Ohioan's support of family farmers. The four-term congressman from Cleveland has also been an outspoken critic of the war in Iraq.

"I just like him because he tells the truth," Nelson said. "Whether he's electable or not, who knows? But when you've got a guy you can trust, you've got a good candidate."

Kucinich has raised about $5 million for his campaign, far less than the $40 million raised so far by the campaign of former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean.

Saturday's concert, which will be Webcast live at www. kucinich.us, will also feature Michelle Shocked, Bonnie Raitt, Tish Hinojosa and Pat Simmons and Michael McDonald from the Doobie Brothers.

Tickets to the fund-raiser are $45 and on sale at Star Tickets locations.

Kucinich spokeswoman Susan Mainzer says the goal is to raise more than $80,000 during the candidate's two-day visit to Austin.

Kucinich will hit town Friday to file for a spot on the Texas Democratic primary ballot.

Texas isn't expected to be in political play for the November general election, but Democratic presidential hopefuls have been visiting the state for campaign cash and for support in the state's March 9 primary.

Kucinich also will attend a reception Friday night and will meet with AFL-CIO members Saturday morning.

He's scheduled to speak at a peace rally at the Capitol at 1:30 p.m.

Saturday and will tape a question-and-answer session with young people at 2:30 p.m. at the Austin Music Network.

mcorcoran@statesman.com; 445-3652


Link Posted: 12/31/2003 6:26:55 PM EDT
Link Posted: 12/31/2003 6:30:50 PM EDT
I decided not to buy any more Willie since I found out he was supporting Kucinich.
Cussin'Itch, is the candidate's nickname.
Too bad...he has some of the best country music out, bar none.
Link Posted: 12/31/2003 6:34:01 PM EDT
Too bad.  Beer for my Horses was a good song.
Link Posted: 12/31/2003 6:38:10 PM EDT
At his age, is is more than likely Alzheimers...

I grew up with Willie, This is too bad. [:(]
Link Posted: 12/31/2003 6:54:38 PM EDT
willie has ALWAYS been a major liberal, this is nothing new.

Too much dope, and whisky.
Link Posted: 12/31/2003 6:57:10 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/31/2003 11:19:00 PM EDT by Searcherfortruth]
Ok Willie, less dope, more oxygen.[rolleyes]
Link Posted: 12/31/2003 7:05:26 PM EDT
Originally Posted By thedave1164:
willie has ALWAYS been a major liberal, this is nothing new.

Too much dope, and whisky.
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Who didn't know this already?

I'll still buy his music and listen to him.  Everybody's entitled to his opinion, even if it is different than mine.  He ain't running for president.
Link Posted: 12/31/2003 7:45:30 PM EDT
no, you see, thats the beauty part............because i dont agree with his politics that means i dont have to put money in his pocket, and i dont plan to anymore.

fuck you, willie

then again, ive been pissed at him since he sent the AWOL TX democrats a case of whiskey.............

.......whiskey rivers took his mind.........
Link Posted: 12/31/2003 7:48:45 PM EDT
Wag the dog.
Link Posted: 12/31/2003 8:05:20 PM EDT
He must still be trying to pay off all his back taxes.

But on behalf of 20 million plus other Texans, I apologize for his behavior.
Link Posted: 12/31/2003 9:59:00 PM EDT
Well, I like his music, but I don't like his values.

So I'll just steal his music off the internet.
Link Posted: 12/31/2003 10:48:25 PM EDT
Proof positive that socialism is a disease that knows no boundaries.

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