This interview first appeared within the April 2008 problem of Males’s Journal.
What one factor ought to each man find out about girls?
Effectively, Ray Worth advised me that the one factor he’d discovered about girls is that cash makes them attractive. I couldn’t argue with that.
What’s the worst bodily ache you’ve ever skilled?
I used to be touring in Hawaii about 20 years in the past, and I simply bought to operating — first time in I don’t understand how lengthy. Then I hit the water and swam. My left lung fully collapsed. I instinctively knew what had occurred and was far sufficient offshore to get a little bit involved. However the actual ache was within the hospital. They stick one thing by means of your again to pump the lung up, and no matter decibel your scream is, that’s how they know they’ve penetrated the lung. I peaked that sucker.
Do you’ve a recurring dream?
No, probably not. I had a dream one evening — the funniest dream I ever had. This man stated, “I need to speak to Tex Cobb.” I had been hanging out with Tex, so I suppose that’s why he stated it. I stated, “He’s not right here.” And the man stated, “Effectively, the place is he?” And I stated, “I don’t know.” And the man simply out of the clear blue stated, “You’re about 90 p.c smart-ass, ain’t you?” And I heard myself in my sleep say, “Effectively, you son of a bitch, you come over right here. I’ll hit you within the goddamn nostril.” After which he stated, “Make that 100%.” I woke myself up laughing.
What’s one of the best treatment for a hangover?
I don’t suppose there’s any good factor for a hangover besides struggling a little bit bit.
What’s one of the best treatment for a heartbreak?
Which commandment do you break most frequently?
Effectively, I attempt to preserve “Thou shalt not kill.” The remainder of them I’m sort of shaky on.
What would you do with a time machine?
I’d return to the horse-and-buggy days, get me an excellent horse and a saddle and a guitar, and take off and trip about 5 miles a day. I’d construct a fireplace and play or write a music. Then I’d stand up and trip 5 extra miles.
The place’s the strangest place you ever awakened?
I’d been ingesting in a spot known as the Evening Owl, in West, Texas, after which caught a trip as much as Hillsboro to a restaurant the place loads of vans stopped. Effectively, I lay down behind a type of vans and awakened the following morning as the motive force was pulling into the stockyards in Fort Value. I’m simply glad I didn’t crawl in with a bunch of longhorns.
What music do you need to hear as soon as per week?
“Chiseled in Stone,” by Vern Gosdin, from the ’80s. Should you don’t understand it, it’s not something I might let you know. Whenever you hear it you’ll say, “Okay, now I do know what Willie’s speaking about.”
What was your first automotive?
An previous ’36 Ford wagon me and my buddy Zeke purchased from my brother-in-law for $195. One time I’d gone inside to see a woman and Zeke stayed out within the automotive. Some child noticed gasoline leaking from the tank — he may’ve had a beer or two, I don’t know — however he stated, “What would occur if I put a match to this gasoline tank?” and Zeke stated, “Effectively, you loopy son of a bitch, it’d catch on hearth.” So the child struck a match and Zeke got here operating to inform me the automotive was burning up. That was the tip of that ’36 Ford.
What’s the largest guess you ever made?
Woody Harrelson and Owen Wilson and I gamble on a regular basis, on dominoes and chess and poker. It doesn’t actually matter how a lot, as a result of we wind up, even earlier than the evening’s over, buying and selling hundred-dollar payments. These are some actual enjoyable guys to hang around with.
What’s probably the most cherished possession you ever misplaced?
My son. I ain’t by no means misplaced nothing else that wasn’t replaceable.
What one expertise do you need to have earlier than you die?
I’d be actual grasping to ask for anything. I’ve performed music and sung with nearly everyone I needed to. Aside from Barbra Streisand. It’s not too late for that.