Pass It Around: Country Songs About Marijuana

In the Words of Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard, “It’s All Going to Pot”

Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard weren’t joking around when they recorded “It’s All Going to Pot” for 2015’s Django and Jimmie.

While researching popular songs about marijuana, it looks like country musicians love singing about weed just as much as they sing about whiskey and beer.

Here is a list of other marijuana-friendly country songs for April 20, a holiday observed annually by cannabis advocates as “Weed Day.”

“Sunday Morning Comin’ Down,” Johnny Cash: Before Roger Miller and Janis Joplin had hits with his “Me and Bobby McGee,” Kris Kristofferson went through some “starving years” that always seem compulsory for country songwriters in Nashville. In an act of desperation, Kristofferson famously landed a helicopter in Cash’s yard to get the Man in Black’s attention to record his material. Among the songs was the somber “Sunday Morning Comin’ Down,” a ballad Kristofferson wrote about a struggling artist who spends a lonely Sunday morning watching others go about their day while he wishes the Lord would bless him with an opportunity to get stoned.

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