“Me and Paul”, a song written and recorded by Willie Nelson, Willie recorded it for the RCA label, on May 4, 1971, at RCA Victor Studio, 800 17th Ave. South, Nashville, TN. Willie was accompanied at the session by: David Kirby (guitar), Pete Wade (guitar), Chip Young (Rhythm guitar), David Zettner (guitar), Weldon Myrick (steel), Junior Huskey (bass), Jerry Carrigan (drum), Hargus Robbins & Jerry Smith (piano). The song was released in September 1971 and produced by Felton Jarvis. On November 20, 1971, it reached number # 62 on the USA Hot Country Songs charts and remained a total of 4 weeks on the charts.
The song was included on Willie’s thirteenth studio album, Yesterday Wine (RCA). The album was released on November 15, 1971, and reached number # 43 on the US Top Country Albums charts.
Willie re-recorded the song for the Columbia label on November 16, 1984, at Pedernales Recording Studio, Spicewood, TX. The song was released in August 1985, with the production of Willie, the song reached at number # 14, November 23, 1985, on the US Hot Country Songs charts, and remaining a total of 19 weeks on the charts.
The song was included on Willie’s thirty-second studio album, Me and Paul (Columbia 1985). The album was released on February 25, 1985. On August 10, 1985, it reached number # 3 on the US Top Country Albums charts, and remained for a total of 40 weeks.
Willie wrote the song about the friendship between himself and his longtime drummer, Paul English. The song illustrates what his life of him was like on the road but also shows his frustrations with Nashville as well as mainstream American culture, which led him to eventually settle in Austin and embrace the Outlaw and Hippie movements.
Doug Sahm 1973 (Atlantic)
Waylon Jennings 1976 (RCA Victor) Live
Hugo McGill & the Willhire Band 1976 (GW)
Stu Stevens & Sons 1979 (Eagle Records)
Johnny Cash & Willie Nelson 1998 (American Recordings)
Eugene Chadbourne & Paul Lovens 2000 (Leo Records)
Eric Church 2018 (EMI Records Nashville) Live