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Willie Nelson & Bon Jovi Perform Heart-Wrenching Ballad "Always On My Mind", And It's Incredible

Willie nelson Songs | Willie Nelson & Bon Jovi Perform Heart-Wrenching Ballad
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Willie Nelson has been known to call upon his famous friends for impromptu duets, performing at his annual Farm Aid benefit concerts, or to record a few songs together. 

In April of 2002, all of these people Willie has called upon, came together to honor him at the Ryman Auditorium. Keith Richards, Nora Jones, Dave Matthews, Sheryl Crow, and Brian McKnight were some of the many artists there to honor the country singer.

During the star-studded night, Willie took the stage with Jon Bon Jovi and his lead guitarist Richie Sambora to sing Willie's classic song "Always On My Mind." Bon Jovi, who was wearing a cowboy hat, started the song off with Richie and Willie harmonizing beautifully. The country great then stepped forward and took the lead. 

"Always On My Mind" has heart-wrenching lyrics, which kindly reminds a loved one how much they are thought about. The emotion of the song is definitely seen in this performance, and you can't ask for more than that. 

The stunning song was written by Johnny Christopher, Mark James, and Wayne Carson and was first recorded by singers Gwen McCrae and Brenda Lee in 1972. 

While Gwen and Brenda's version peaked at No. 45 on the charts, a few other artists reached the top 20 with their own versions of the song. Elvis Presley released his own version of the song in 1972, John Wesley Ryles in 1979, and Willie Nelson's Grammy Award winning version was released in 1982. 

20 years after it's release, and Willie is singing it better than ever. Watch the amazing performance below. You'll be glad you did. 


Maybe I didn't love you
Quite as often as I could have
And maybe I didn't treat you
Quite as good as I should have

If I made you feel second best
Girl, I'm sorry I was blind
But you were always on my mind
You were always on my mind

Maybe I didn't hold you
All those lonely, lonely times
And I guess I never told you
I'm so happy that you're mine

Little things I should have said and done
I just never took the time
You were always on my mind
You were always on my mind

Tell me
Tell me that your sweet love hasn't died
Give me
Give me one more chance to keep you satisfied
I'll keep you satisfied

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