The Wild Ride Of Willie Nelson’s Life

Nelson’s Grandmother Encouraged His Ear For Music

Nelson’s Grandmother Encouraged His Ear For Music

Willie Nelson told Rolling Stone in 2004 that his first song was actually inspired by his grandmother: “Back when we used to take music lessons from our grandmother… if we’d get the lesson right that day she’d take a gold star – a little star, about the size of your finger, with glue on one side – and she’d stick it on the sheet of music, which meant you’d done well. So I wrote this song with the line ‘They took a gold star away from me when you left me for another, long ago.’ I’d never been left by anybody [at age seven], so it was kind of funny.”