has had a long, illustrious music-making career, which is somewhat reflected in his new song “It Gets Easier” from his forthcoming album, God’s Problem Child. At almost 84 years old, Nelson is the author of some poignant ballads, and this one is no different.
“It gets easier as we get older,” begins the tender tune, as Nelson comes to terms with age and the loss of a relationship. It’s a poignant reflection on the benefits of aging, while still retaining a mournful bite with the line, “I don’t have to do one damn thing I don’t want to do, except for miss you, and that won’t go away.” This past year, Nelson lost two friends and contemporaries with the passing of Leon Russell and Merle Haggard. While this may song not necessarily be a direct mourning for his friends, it’s not hard to see how they could be connected in a little way. Here’s hoping that 2017 is kinder to us.
Wilie Nelson’s forthcoming album God’s Problem Child releases April 28, just a day before Nelson turns 84. Check out the video embedded above. Also, take a look at some live Willie footage from a concert in 1999 via the Paste Cloud below.