Red Headed Stranger

The yellow-haired lady was buried at sunset;
The stranger went free, of course.
For you can’t hang a man for killin’ a woman,
Who’s tryin’ to steal your horse
.”

– Red Headed Stranger

Most of the time Willie Nelson is sharing the stage with someone who’s picking the steel-guitar, but it seems this Willie Nelson gets picked to find the steel-head.

Wally Adams, a trout and steelhead guide, has developed a line of steelhead flies named for musicians. Good ones, too. Of course this fly, titled ‘Willie Nelson’ for obvious reasons, caught my attention.

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It got me thinking. If the red-headed stranger would shoot a woman for trying to steal his horse, wonder what he would do if you killed a steelhead? 

I know, I know. I’m late to the game on this whole heated discussion. How about we just listen to a little Willie instead?


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12 thoughts on “Red Headed Stranger

  1. Sage advice! Up here in the Pacific NW, a 30 lb native steelhead out of the Hoh River was recently killed and folks are up in arms about it. It’s an unfortunate thing for sure, but really I think more people just need sit back, listen to some Willy, and drink a beer. Maybe three or four.

  2. Appropriate post…great music doings in Austin this weekend…and I’m sure we (ffc followers) will be greatly represented…..beer songs, who in the hell needs a song to put them in a mood to drink (beer)?

  3. Dood, its about mood enhancement, not creation.

    RHS is such a great album, I felt the need to type in all of the track info into iToonz, since omnipotent Appul was omni-ignorent of such important facts. Jeebus.

    Other fine songs by aforementioned artists would be ‘I can get high on you’ by Willie, and ‘great afternoon’ by Merle.

  4. “The yellow-haired lady was buried at sunset;
    The stranger went free, of course.
    For you can’t hang a man for killin’ a woman,
    Who’s tryin’ to steal your horse.”

    – Red Headed Stranger

    So the yellow-haired lady was buried at sunset, killed for stealing a man’s horse — FFC didn’t you have blonde hair in a picture recently?!?!? — just don’t get in too much trouble now getting those Austin Fly Film Tour tickets sold — we couldn’t get by without the FFC — by the way isn’t Willie the REAL DEAL or what!!! — maybe Willie should be Guv of Texas????

  5. RHS is definitely top five for me, but Viva Terlingua is the only one that I’ve actually owned in vinyl, 8-track, cassette, CD, and now mp3. I saw JJW play that one live not long after it came out (about ’74?) and it’s been with me for 30+ years.

  6. Big Cliff, experienced not old works just fine — like the song says “I’m not as good as I once was once I’m as good as I ever was”

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