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Willie Nelson

Willie Nelson Plays “Will the Circle Be Unbroken” and honors The Carter Family

AIRED: 5/16/2017 | 00:02:24
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I grew up hearing all their songs... and I was a huge fan of theirs all my life... Will the circle be unbroken? By and by, Lord, by and by There's a better home awaitin' In the sky, Lord, in the sky... Mother Maybelle and the Carter Family - they were the founder and the starter of a lot of great artists across the board.

Will the circle be unbroken?

By and by, Lord... Well, I think once you hear the original Carter Family, you, you don't have to explain why they were special... It all was! (laughs). Oh can the circle be unbroken?

By and by Lord, by and by There's a better home awaitin' In the sky, Lord, in the sky... I always heard that the Carter Family that they...they didn't charge widows and orphans, uh for.. at a performance. And, and I- I know that seems odd... But there was a gentleman walked up one day... And he said, 'When I was a little boy,' he said, 'I went to a Carter Family concert,' and he said, 'I paid my 15 cents and they gave it back to me.' And so I know it's true.

Uh, and that , that touched me [teary-eyed]. So I mean, I mean that...I'm sorry, but that tells me it was about music and not about money, and I mean... That's the way it ought to be.

Can the circle be unbroken? By and by Lord, by and by There's a better home awaitin' In the sky, Lord, in the sky...