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See Willie Nelson and His Sons Perform His Christmas Classic 'Pretty Paper'

During the Christmas weekend, Willie Nelson and his sons shared a sweet cover version of his moving holiday classic "Pretty Paper."

Sitting in a screened-in porch, the trio switch off on harmonies and verses and share happy smiles with each other. The song was released in 1979 and has become a fan favorite. But many don't know that the song was actually inspired by a real person.

According to the Daily Mail, the hit song was inspired by a man named Frankie Brierton from Santo, Texas. Brierton sold pencils and paper outside of the now-shuttered Leonard's Department Store. He had spinal meningitis as a child, which caused him to be disabled below the neck. Everyone in the town knew Brierton from his shop, including Nelson, who lived there before he made his big move to Nashville.

Although Brierton passed away in the 1970s, he lives on in the track that has become one of the most beloved country holiday songs in history.

"Pretty Paper" Lyrics:

Pretty paper, pretty ribbons of blue
Wrap your presents to your darling from you
Pretty pencils to write I love you
Pretty paper, pretty ribbons of blue

Crowded street, busy feet, hustle by him
Downtown shoppers, Christmas is nigh
There he sits all alone on the sidewalk
Hoping that you won't pass him by

Should you stop? Better not, much too busy
You're in a hurry, my how time does fly
In the distance the ringing of laughter
And in the midst of the laughter he cries

Pretty paper, pretty ribbons of blue
Wrap your presents to your darling from you
Pretty pencils to write I love you
Pretty paper, pretty ribbons of blue

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See Willie Nelson and His Sons Perform His Christmas Classic 'Pretty Paper'