Willie Nelson performs “Me and Paul” Live at Farm Aid 1995.

In his memoir Nelson wrote that “Me and Paul” was a song “that described the road that my drummer and best friend, Paul English, and I had been riding together “. The song was included on Willie's thirteenth studio album, Yesterday's Wine (RCA 1971)

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Me and Paul

Lp Cover Willie Nelson ( RCA 1971 )
Lp Cover Willie Nelson ( RCA 1971 )

“Me and Paul”, a song written and recorded by Willie Nelson for the label, was first recorded for the RCA label on May 4, 1971, at RCA Victor Studio, 800 17th Ave. South, Nashville, TN. Seven other songs were recorded on the same session, Willie was accompanied at the recording session by: David Kirby (guitar), Pete Wade (guitar), Chip Young (rythm guitar), David Zettner (guitar), Weldon Myrick (steel), Robert Thompson (banjo), Junior Huskey (bass), Jerry Carrigan (drums), Hargus Robbins and Jerry Smith (piano), Buddy Spicher (fiddle) and Charlie McCoy (harmonica). With the production of Felton Jarvis, the song was released in October 1971. It failed to enter the charts. In his memoir Nelson wrote that “Me and Paul” was a song “that described the road that my drummer and best friend, Paul English, and I had been riding together “.

The song was included on Willie’s thirteenth studio album, Yesterday’s Wine (RCA 1971), the album was released on November 15, 1971, on the U.S Top Country Albums charts , peaked at # 43.



Lp Cover Willie Nelson ( Columbia 1985 )
Lp Cover Willie Nelson ( Columbia 1985 )

Willie, recorded the song again on November 16, 1984, at Pedernales Recording Studio, Spicewood, TX, in this session willie was accompanied by: Jody Payne (guitar), Grady Martin (guitar), Bee Spears (bass), Paul English and Billy English (drums and percussion), Bobbie Nelson (piano) and Mickey Raphael (harmonica). With the production of Willie Nelson, the song was released in August 1985, and peaked at # 14 on the US Hot Country Songs charts on November 23, 1985, and remaining a total of 19 weeks on the charts. On Canadian RPM Country Tracks, reached at # 6.

The song was included on Willie, Me & Paul’s thirty-second studio album (Columbia 1985).

Willie would record it again in 1998, in a duet with Johnny Cash, for the album, VH1 Storytellers (American Recordings 1998).

Versions:

Doug Sahm 1973 (Atlantic)
Waylon Jennings 1976 (RCA) Live
Johnny Cash & Willie Nelson 1998 (American Recordings 1998)
Eugene Chadbourne & Paul Lovens 2000 (Leo Records)
Eric Church 2018 (EMI Records Nashville) Live





Willie Nelson – Me and Paul Lyrics

[Pre-Chorus-Willie Nelson]
It’s been rough and rocky traveling
But I’m finally standing upright on the ground
After taking several readings
I’m surprised to find my mind’s still fairly sound

[Chorus-Willie Nelson]
I guess Nashville was the roughest
But I know I’ve said the same about them all
We received our education
In the cities of the nation, me and Paul

[Verse 1-Willie Nelson]
Almost busted in Laredo
But for reasons that I’d rather not disclose
But if you’re staying in a motel there and leave
Just don’t leave nothing in your clothes

And at the airport in Milwaukee
They refused to let us board the plane at all
They said we looked suspicious
But I believe they like to pick on me and Paul

[Pre-Chorus-Willie Nelson]
It’s been rough and rocky traveling
But I’m finally standing upright on the ground
After taking several readings
I’m surprised to find my mind’s still fairly sound
[Chorus-Willie Nelson]
I guess Nashville was the roughest
But I know I’ve said the same about them all
We received our education
In the cities of the nation, me and Paul



[Verse 2-Willie Nelson]
On a package show in Buffalo
With us and Kitty Wells and Charlie Pride
The show was long and we’re just sitting there
And we’d come to play and not just for the ride

Well, we drank a lot of whiskey
So I don’t know if we went on that night at all
But I don’t think they even missed us
I guess Buffalo ain’t geared for me and Paul

[Pre-Chorus-Willie Nelson]
It’s been rough and rocky traveling
But I’m finally standing upright on the ground
After taking several readings
I’m surprised to find my mind’s still fairly sound

[Chorus-Willie Nelson]
I guess Nashville was the roughest
But I know I’ve said the same about them all
We received our education
In the cities of the nation, me and Paul

Single Willie Nelson ( RCA 1971 )
Single Willie Nelson ( RCA 1971 )

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