Willie Nelson on his bloody first performance

BY Joshua Barajas  July 3, 2014 at 12:59 PM EDT

In an interview on his tour bus in June, country music legend Willie Nelson described to PBS NewsHour’s Jeffrey Brown how a nosebleed didn’t stop him from completing his first performance.

Dressed in a white sailor suit, six-year-old Nelson was asked to recite a poem in church. But right before his turn to face the crowd, he had picked his nose so much that blood had splattered on his white suit.

Upon finishing his poem, he said to the crowd: “What are you looking at me for? I ain’t got nothing to say. If you don’t like the looks of me, you can look some other way.”

Turns out Nelson has always been quite the spitfire.

You can watch Wednesday’s profile of the Red-Headed Stranger below.