Willie: I don’t believe in that

Bob Schieffer: Things didn’t always turn out real good for Willie. Back in the 90’s, there was this little matter of back taxes that he owed Uncle Sam.

“I gotta say, you’re the only guitar picker from Abbott, TX that I ever knew, or heard of that owed the Federal Government $32,000,000.”

Willie Nelson: “Yea. It’s kind of funny when you think about it.”

Bob Schieffer: “But I’m sure it wasn’t funny to you at the time.”

He worked it out, paid it off.

“So why didn’t you ever declare bankruptcy?”

Willie Nelson: I don’t believe in that. You know I believe if I owe some people some money, I’m going to pay it.

~ Willie Nelson, closing in on his 84th birthday, in an interview with CBS News’ Bob Schieffer about songwriting, longevity, and how he will never quit.



  1. How cool is that? ❤
    Diana xo

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  2. roseanne333 says:

    Now that’s character.

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  3. After 6 years of marriage my father was the only person that understood and supported me when I told him the major reason I was not comfortable in my first marriage was my ex’s financial integrity. It matters.

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  4. it’s curious that he ended up owing them in the first place if he believed that. maybe he understood the world a bit more as he got older or saw it from a different perspective. or?

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  5. That’s a big debt Willie!! I guess the answer lies in how we perceive money? Is it just an exchange of energy? 🙄

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  6. Gotta respect that, David. Well done to Willie! 🙂

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  7. “and how he will never quit.” – He’s brave. 🙂



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