Sunday, February 5, 2023
He didn't write the song or make it famous, but for some reason I've become obsessed with Willie Nelson's version of Always on My Mind. Michael Buble's rendition is more swooney and Elvis's is more entertaining, but there is something so simplistic about Willie's version that makes it incredibly romantic. Which is odd, since at its core, it's an apology song. I love how certain lines are delivered in almost spoken word poetry and in others, his voice quivers through them. Willie isn't trying to impress anyone, he's just trying to honestly tell the woman he loves that despite how things might look, she's precious to him. It kills me every time I hear it. So what's your favorite version of Always on My Mind? I'll gladly listen to your picks but I doubt they'll supplant Willie's in my heart.