Shock'n Y'all is Keith's eighth studio album, and while "I Love This Bar," "American Soldier" and "Whiskey Girl" were heavy hitters on the album, perhaps the most hilarious song is one of the bonus tracks, "Weed With Willie." It's a live track, and Keith's frequent collaborator Scotty Emerick sings backup. Everyone in country, of course, knows Nelson's stance on weed, and this song is an ode to the singer and his beloved habit. The song beings, "I always heard that his herb was top shelf / Lord, I just could not wait to find out for myself." Well, Keith tried it alright — and in the chorus, he vows to "never smoke weed with Willie again" . that is, until the very last line, which goes, "In the fetal position with drool on my chin / We broke down and smoked weed with Willie again."
Some girls like a bouquet of a dozen roses, a box of chocolates or a Hallmark card, but according to Monroe, if a lover wants to woo her, he doesn't need to call up the florist — he needs to go find a stash. This song may be a little . adventurous for country music, with references to teddys, whips and chains to go with a weed-smoking romantic night, but bravo to a girl who can sing "Give me weed instead of roses / Bring me whiskey instead of wine / Every puff, every shot / You're looking better all the time" with a straight face.
The title track of Houser's second studio album They Call Me Cadillac was co-written by the singer and Brice Long. Houser's nickname is Cadillac because he likes everything "real smooth" and laid back — and doesn't want anyone to mess with his good times. That's why the lyrics "I’ve been known to giggle on a joke / Mostly when I’m smokin’ on my smoke / And most folks know it’s time for gettin’ down" seem perfectly fitting.
“Weed With Willie”
"Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die," from Nelson's 2012 record Heroes, has a slew of great collaborators and guest vocals. It was written by Nelson, Buddy Cannon, Rich Alves, John Colgin and Mike McQuerry and features vocals by Snoop Dogg, Kris Kristofferson and Jamey Johnson. It was fittingly released on 4/20 and was even supposed to be the album's title track . until it was decided that the title may be too controversial for some sales outlets. The lyrics are exactly what you would imagine: "Roll me up and smoke me when I die / And if anyone don't like it, just look 'em in the eye / I didn't come here, and I ain't leavin' / So don't sit around and cry / Just roll me up and smoke me when I die."
Pot may still be illegal in much of the U.S., but it's referenced in plenty of country songs. So, for those readers who consider 4/20 a national holiday, The Boot has rounded up a solid playlist of country music tunes.
One of the songs that should definitely be played on 4/20 is the Pistol Annies' rockin' and rousin' "Hush Hush." Miranda Lambert, Angaleena Presley and Ashley Monroe's lyrics are straightforward, shaking out the issues about dysfunctional families that are so often hidden under the rug. The pot-infused lyrics in this song are, "So I snuck out behind the red barn / And I took myself a toke / Since everybody here hates everybody here / Hell, I might as well be the joke." The song's music video takes place at a church potluck, which makes these lyrics even more hilarious.
The following are The Boot's picks for the Top 10 country songs about marijuana:
So maybe the late Merle Haggard didn’t smoke marijuana in Muskogee or take trips on LSD, but that certainly didn’t stop country’s greats from trading a shot of Tennessee brown for a toke of Colorado green — and singing about it, too. But true to the genre’s roots, these songs capture a complete, complex story: It’s never just as simple as relaxing on the beach with a joint in hand, and, more often than not, there are bitter consequences. These are tales that show both the pleasure and sorrow that comes with a life lived high.
[Editor’s Note: A version of this list was originally published June 2014]