Happy Mother’s Day from Willie Nelson and His Take on Country Classic ‘I’m the Only Hell My Mama Ever Raised’ (Listen)

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This one’s for all the mothers. On Friday, Willie Nelson premiered his version of “I’m the Only Hell My Mama Ever Raised,” just in time for Mother’s Day this Sunday, May 10.

The track, originally written by Wayne Kemp, Bobby Borchers & Mack Vickery, was a Top 10 country hit for Johnny Paycheck in 1977, and was also covered by Hank Williams III, George Jones and several other acts over the years.

Willie, a known lifelong enthusiast of cannabis, seems perfectly suited to sing this song. It’s as if he wrote this line himself:

She told me not to smoke it
But I did and it took me far away
And I turned out to be
The only hell my mama ever raised


Stream Willie Nelson’s version of the song below:

This is the third single released thus far from First Rose of Spring, the country legend‘s upcoming 70th studio album, which is now slate for release on July 3, after being pushed back from April due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Here’s “Our Song,” which was written by contemporary country star Chris Stapleton:


And here’s the album’s title track:


Via the news release, First Rose of Spring features two new songs from Nelson and collaborator Buddy Cannon, in addition to tributes to various pop/country songwriters over the years:

Here’s the album’s track listing:

  1. “First Rose Of Spring” (Randy Houser, Allen Shamblin & Mark Beeson)
  2. “Blue Star” (Willie Nelson & Buddy Cannon)
  3. “I’ll Break Out Again Tonight” (Sanger “Whitey”Shafer & Doodle Owens)
  4. “Don’t Let The Old Man In” (Toby Keith)
  5. “Just Bummin’ Around’ (Pete Graves)
  6. “Our Song” (Chris Stapleton)
  7. “We Are The Cowboys” (Billy Joe Shaver)
  8. “Stealing Home “(Marla Cannon-Goodman, Casey Beathard & Don Sampson)
  9. “I’m The Only Hell My Mama Ever Raise”d (Wayne Kemp, Bobby Borchers & Mack Vickery)
  10. “Love Just Laughed” (Willie Nelson & Buddy Cannon)
  11. “Yesterday When I Was Young” (Hier Encore) (Charles Aznavour & Herbert Kretzmer)

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