Sit back and close your eyes and you’ll get a good idea of how Willie Nelson sounded back in his early years.
The gentle voice you’re listening to belongs to none other than Lukas Nelson, covering his dad’s classic hit “Funny (How Time Slips Away).” The younger Nelson, a star in his own right, shows he’s benefitted from time spent touring with his band Promise of the Real and legendary stars like Lady Gaga and Neil Young. His smooth, melodic tone shows the promise of this progeny.
Lukas is proud of his dad and the relationship they share and he’s never too busy to let it show. It’s obvious the talent runs deep in this family!
Believe it or not, this song, written by the elder Nelson in the 1960s about two people who tragically parted ways, was recorded in this very same room way back in 1961—that’s 57 years ago!
Willie wrote these sentimental lyrics the same week he wrote “Crazy” and “Night Life.” How’s that for making history?
The lyrics of the song “It’s been so long…but it seems now that it was only yesterday,” will really pull at your heartstrings when you put Willie, who will turn 86 later this month, and Lukas who’s a mere 29, side by side.
The incomparable Willie has outlived his outlaw compadres, Merle Haggard and Waylon Jennings, and this classic song will undoubtedly live on long beyond them all. It’s an ageless tune that we can all identify with.
What do you think of Lukas’ cover of his father’s song?