I was lost in trouble and strife.
I heard a voice and it changed my life.
Now it's a brand new day and I ain't afraid to say.
You're not alone when you're down and out
and I think you know who I'm talking about.
When I don't know how I'll get through
I ask myself what would Willie do?
What would Willie do,
well he'd travel so far with nothing but a song and his old guitar.
And a tour bus and some semi-trucks,
thirty crew men and a little bit of luck.
Well he loves all the people,
the ugly and the randy if you don't believe me
take a look at the family and they'll tell you that it's true.
When skies are gray what would Willie do?
Well long ago he came unto us,
his words were simple but they went right through us
and the whole world sang along
but then they didn't want to hear his songs.
He was gone and we thought we'd lost him
but he grew his hair and he moved to Austin,
and all of the people smiled,
they came to hear him sing from miles.
Like a miracle all those rednecks and hippies
from New York city down to Mississippi stood together and raised a brew.
When it's all gone wrong what would Willie do?
You know sometimes I wonder when I ain't getting nowhere just
what would old Willie do when it all gets too much to bear.
I can see him on his lonely old tour bus
he's got problems just like any of us.
Well he'd just take a deep breath and then he'd let it all go,
then he'd take another deep breath and let it all go,
and he'd take another deep breath and he'd hold it.
Aaah and I'd bet he'd feel hungry in a way that seems strange,
yeah hungry for all the things that he just can't change.
Like the time he passed out in his own bedroom
and his wife sewed him up the sheets and beat him with a broom and he forgave her.
And you think that's rough well then the IRS came
and they took away all of his stuff.
They took his golf course, his recording studio
and he just went out and did another show.
So when it's all coming down on you better ask yourself
what would Willie do? What would Willie do?
well he'd take a little time
and talk to old Rooster as he'd drive on down the line
and there's millions down that road
and with a word he's gonna lighten their load.
He loves all the people no matter their races,
hell he even had a hit country song with Julio Iglesias
and that ain't easy to do.
So when it's all too much what would Willie...
when the game gets tough what would Willie...
when they call your bluff what would Willie do?