Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard Release ‘Alice in Hulaland’ Video
In the video, the two old friends are in Nelson's part-time home, Hawaii, playing the song on their acoustic guitars. It's a fitting location, since the lyrics in the song say, "Alice in Hulaland / Building castles in the sand / Living life, ain't got no plan / Just loving the boys in the band."
Vintage images from a previous era, complete with an old bus, flash across the screen throughout the clip. Nelson wears a straw hat in the video, while Haggard's hat features marijuana leaves -- an interesting choice since the 78-year-old says that he no longer uses the drug.
"Well, you know, everybody falls off the wagon once in a while, and I've been quit for some time, but when you go down there around Willie, it's kinda hard to turn down everything," Haggard tells Esquire. "He's got his own brand; I think it's called Willie's Reserve. But, because of my lungs, I'm not able to do that much anymore. I'm 78 years old, and I had one lung lobe removed in '08, so I have a little problem with that."
Still, that didn't keep Haggard and Nelson from choosing "It's All Going to Pot" as their first single from the record. They also released "Unfair Weather Friend," a song that perfectly described their decades-long friendship.
“It’s really good; I think it’s the best one we’ve done,” Haggard says of the album, the title of which alludes to their musical heroes Django Reinhardt and Jimmie Rodgers. "We didn’t really do any swing, per se, we just did straight-ahead songs that we felt good about.”
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