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.