Book Review: Roll Me Up And Smoke Me When I Die by Willie Nelson

Roll Me Up And Smoke Me When I Die: Musings From The Road – Willie Nelson

“You won’t see no sad and teary eyes When I get my wings, and it’s my time to fly Just call my friends and tell them There’s a party, come on by So just roll me up and smoke me when I die”



There is no ghostwriter doing Nelson’s work here, this book is written in Nelson’s inimitable, homespun voice. This book reads like a road journal, and a love letter to his friends, bandmates and family.


Nelson tells it how it is, as always he is a straight shooter. His musings are interspersed with words from his loved ones who have been with him on his greatest tour—his life.

Nelson muses about his greatest influences and things that are most important to him. He shares the outlaw wisdom he has acquired through his life. This book serves as a private look at his life. Relationships with friends and family are explored; he discusses private conversations between the Cash family members, and reminisces on days long gone with friends who are no longer here.

Several pages feel like a eulogy for Johnny Cash, as a huge Cash fan I particularly enjoyed this part of the book. It is evident the two shared an once-in-a-lifetime friendship.

Surprisingly, great insight is riddled into pages discussing marijuana, dirty jokes, drinking and tour life.

This book is written in no particular order; much life Nelson’s personality, it is all over the place.Much like Nelson, it is perfect as is.

About Maison Moonchild

A Canadian gal that firmly believes words can change the world. An avid reader, writer and Halloween enthusiast. She has a special interest in communications and writes for pleasure and profession. She moonlights as a metaphysical maven with a knack for creating magical crystal jewelry and holiday accessories.
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