Many years ago, deep into the forest of my youth, I heard this song for the first time. It captured my heart instantly. I had easily recognised Willie Nelson’s voice, and even though I wasn’t a huge Willie fan (though I did like many of his songs) I fell in love with this tune.
I don’t know why I still recall the moment I heard and connected with it. Maybe it was the circumstances around this song or the simple fact that it rang true in so many ways. It still does today. Maybe it was the melody. Either way when I hear it now, I want to get up, walk out the door with a backpack and hit the road to adventure.
But lets back track. The first time I heard this song was while watching one of my most favourite all-time television shows Northern Exposure. Anyone who faithfully watched this show knows exactly what I mean when I say, “this was one of the very few shows I set my schedule by”. I never missed an episode.