E I was lost in trouble and strife A I heard a voice and it changed my life E Now it's a brand new day Bm7 and I ain't ashamed to say E You're not alone when you're down and out A I think you know who I'm talkin' about E When I don't know how I'll get through Bm7 A Bm7 E I ask myself, "What would Willie do?" E What would Willie do, when it's all gone wrong A The answer's in the words of a sad country song E When you don't know how to get through, Bm7 A Bm7 E You better ask yourself, "What would Willie do?" E Long ago, you came unto us, A his words were simple but they went right through us E and the whole world sang along Bm7 but then they didn't want to hear his songs E he was gone and we thought we'd lost him A but he just grew his hair and he moved to Austin E and all of the people smiled Bm7 they came to hear him sing from miles E and like a miracle all the rednecks and hippies A from New York City down to Mississippi E stood together and raised a brew Bm7 A Bm7 E when your skys are gray, "What would Willie do?" E You know sometimes I wonder when I ain't gettin' nowhere A what would old Willie do when things get too much to bear E and I see him sittin' on his lonely old bus Bm7 and he's got his problems just like any of us E and I bet he'd just take a deep breath and he'd let 'em all go A and then he'd take another deep breath and he'd let 'em all go E and then he'd take another deep breath Bm7 and he'd hold it... E and then I bet he'd feel hungry in a way that seems strange A yes hungry for all the things he just can't change E like the time he passed out in his own bedroom Bm7 and his ex-wife sewed him up in the sheet and she beat him with a broom E and he forgave her and you think that that's rough, A then the IRS came and they took away all his stuff E they took his golf course and his recording studio Bm7 and he just went on out and did another show E So when it's all comin' down on you Bm7 A Bm7 E You better ask yourself, "What would Willie do?" E What would Willie do, he travels far with nothin' A but a song and an old guitar E and a tour bus and some semi trucks Bm7 and 30 crewmen and a little bit of luck E He loves all the people, the ugly and the randy A if you don't believe it take a look at the family E and they'll tell you that it's true Bm7 A Bm7 E so when your skys are gray, "What would Willie do?" F What would Willie do, he'd take a little time B and talk to old Rooster as they drive on down the line F there's millions down that road Cm7 and with a word he's gonna lighten their load F he loves all the people no matter their races B Hell, he even made a hit country song with Julio Eglacias F and that ain't easy to do Cm7 B Cm7 F so when it's all too much, "What would Willie B C B Cm7 when the game get's rough, "What would Willie B C B Cm7 F when they call your bluff, "What would Willie do?"