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Country Rewind: Willie Nelson's Reverent Cover of Guy Clark's 'My Favorite Picture of You'

Willie Nelson tips his hat to an old friend with a cover of Guy Clark's "My Favorite Picture of You," which appeared on Nelson's 2019 album Ride Me Back Home.

The song, written by Clark and Gordie Sampson, was inspired by an old photo of Clark's wife, songwriter and artist Susanna Clark. Clark recored the song for his 2013 album of the same name.

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Nelson released the title track from Ride Me Back Home last month. "Ride Me Back Home," written by Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame member Sonny Throckmorton, his daughter Debby, Joe Manual and Lucinda Hinto, was inspired by the horses Nelson has rescued over the years.

Ride Me Back Home was produced by Nelson's longtime collaborator Buddy Cannon. The album also features a cover of Billy Joel's "Just the Way You Are" and Mac Davis's "It's Hard to Be Humble," which features Lukas and Micah Nelson. Fresher material included Nelson original "Stay Away From Lonely Places" and Nelson and Cannon co-write "One More Song to Write."

Both Nelson and Clark are legendary country music songwriters from the state of Texas. Clark passed away in 2016.

'My Favorite Picture of You' Lyrics:

My favorite picture of you
Is the one where you're staring
Straight into the lens

It's just a Polaroid shot
Someone took on the spot
No beginning no end
It's just a moment in time
You can't have back
You never left but your bags were packed
Just in case

My favorite picture of you
Is bent and faded
And it's pinned to my wall
Oh, and you were so angry
It's hard to believe
We were lovers at all
There's a fire in your eyes
You've got your heart on your sleeve
A curse on your lips, but all I can see
Is beautiful

My favorite picture of you
Is the one where
Your wings are showing
Oh, and your arms are crossed
Your fists are clenched
Not gone but going
Just a stand up angel
Who won't back down
Nobody's fool, nobody's clown
You were smarter than that

My favorite picture of you
Is the one where
It hasn't rained yet
Oh and as I recall
Came a winter squall
And we got soaking wet
It's a thousand words
In the blink of an eye
The camera loves you
And so do I

My favorite picture of you
Is the one where you're staring
Straight into the lens

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