A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from September 17, 2007
“When you die, you go to Willie Nelson’s house” (Austin musician saying)

Austin prides itself as the “Live Music Capital of the World.” When a rock ‘n’ roll legend dies, he or she might go to “rock ‘n’ roll heaven.” In Austin, if you’re a good musician, it’s said that “when you die, you go to Willie Nelson’s house.”

Waylon Jennings possibly originated a form of the phrase (first cited in the 1980s), but it’s been popularized by Kinky Friedman.


Yahoo! Answers
Q: What does heaven look like and where is it physically located?
A: Apparently when you die you go to Willie Nelson’s house.

6 November 1988, Chicago (IL) Daily Herald, section 6, pg. 7, col. 1:
They say in Austin, Texas, if you’re good, when you die you go to Willie Nelson’s house.”

Google Books
Frequent Flyer
by Kinky Friedman
New York: Morrow
1989
Pg. 217
In Austin, when you die, they say you go to Willie Nelson’s house. 

Culture Kiosque
28 May 1998
(...)
Waylon Jennings said that his idea of heaven is that after you die you spend eternity in Willie Nelson’s house.

Pedernales Poo Poo Archives
August 29, 1999
(...)
In the crowd, a banner unfurled, stretching across about 30 people that read : WHEN I DIE I WANT TO GO TO WILLIE NELSON’S HOUSE

The Great Psychedelic Armadillo Picnic:
A “Walk” in Austin
by Kinky Friedman
New York: Crown Publishers
2004
Pg. 13:
In Austin they say when you die, you go to Willie Nelson’s house.

GoogleGroups: alt.humor.jewish
Newsgroups: alt.humor.jewish
From: Stan Kegel
Date: Sat, 27 Nov 2004 22:26:17 -0800
Local: Sun, Nov 28 2004 2:26 am
Subject: Weakly Humerus News 11-27-04

Texas was flooded by storms that dumped twelve inches of rain on the Lone Star State Monday. It resulted in a lot of lawlessness. When residents of Austin were told to go to higher ground, the Democrats moved the party over to Willie Nelson’s house. (Argus Hamilton)

Posted by Barry Popik
Texas (Lone Star State Dictionary) • (0) Comments • Monday, September 17, 2007 • Permalink