Bruce co-wrote the outlaw country classic with her then husband, Ed Bruce, who had a top 20 hit with the song in 1975. The song hit No. 1 when Jennings and Nelson recorded it for their duet album Waylon & Willie.
In addition to her songwriting career, Patsy Bruce served as president of the Nashville Songwriters Association International in the '70s and '80s and worked as a casting director for the television show Maverick and the smash hit movie Urban Cowboy.
Patsy Bruce also served on the Tennessee state parole board, reviewing criminal cases such as that of John A. Brown, who was one of two men convicted in the murders of Grand Ole Opry star David "Stringbean" Akeman and his wife.
Patsy Bruce also operated event management and marketing companies, such as Events Unlimited and Songbird Tours, a Nashville bus tour.