Anyone familiar with Billy Joe Shaver‘s story knows he’s a living legend. He got his start by accompanying his mother to her Waco nightclub job when he was a child, and later began writing songs for Waylon Jennings before embarking on his own solo career.
One of Shaver’s best songs is “Live Forever”, a deathbed note on immortality that ensures his legacy will live on long after he’s gone. It’s been re-recorded by many artists— even Robert Duvall sung it acapella in the 2010 Oscar winner Crazy Heart.
Shaver wrote the song with his son Eddie Shaver, who passed away in 2000. The pair gave a moving performance of the song at Farm Aid in 1994, which you can watch in the video below.