Country legend Willie Nelson, alongside his sons Lukas and Micah Nelson, appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to give a home-recorded rendition of a song he wrote for Faron Young in 1961, the hit Hello Walls. Take a look above.
The performance was filmed at the Nelson’s Texas ranch, with the three singers each taking a verse before Willie finishes the song off for the fourth and final verse.
Hello Walls, as a song, deals with a man suffering from loneliness so severe he’s begun to completely break down, holding conversations with his walls, windows and ceilings. But despite his heartbreak completely warping his view of reality, the song’s protagonist eventually slips into depressed acceptance: “Guess we’ll have to learn to get along / Without her if we can / Hello ceiling / I’m gonna stare at you awhile / You know I can’t sleep / So won’t you bear with me awhile?” It’s unlikely that, when Nelson wrote the song nearly sixty years ago, he foresaw how painfully relevant it would become in the early months of 2020.
He is, however, now more than happy to lean into the dark comedy of the song even more, changing the pronouns of the last verse to better reflect our collective situation: “We got to all stick together or else we’ll lose our minds/I got a feeling we’re going to be here a long long time.”
Willie Nelson’s new record, First Rose of Spring, will arrive on 3 July this year.
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