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The Facts of Life: and Other Dirty Jokes

3.68  ·  Rating Details ·  355 Ratings  ·  37 Reviews
If you had to give America a voice, it’s been said more than once, that voice would be Willie Nelson’s. For more than fifty years, he’s taken the stuff of his life-the good and the bad-and made from it a body of work that has become a permanent part of our musical heritage and kept us company through the good and the bad of our own lives. Long before he became famous as a ...more
ebook, 248 pages
Published March 12th 2009 by Random House (first published 2002)
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Mar 03, 2015 Dagny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fans of Willie and his music will enjoy this book. It intersperses memories with song lyrics and photos. I was hearing Willie singing the songs with his unique phrasing in my head as I read the lyrics. It was written during a road trip and he mentions encouragement from his daughter Lana and Kinky Friedman.
Dec 02, 2012 Michael rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Michael by: my son Justin
I recently finished another book on or by Willie of which I have posted a review. This was given to me by my middle child syndrome son Justin. I guess I'm on a Willie roll.

So, here's how I see it. Willie is on the bus on the road between shows. He just pushed the vaporizer away and turned on the recorder. Now he's kicked back with some liquid refreshment. He's relaxed and just lets his mind and tongue wander where they will go.

Some of the jokes were funny enough to make me laugh out loud and say
Aug 09, 2008 Nikki is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
I just began reading this today. I bought it at Magers & Quinn yesterday for $8.99, hardcover. IT IS GOING TO BE AMAZING. It is full of awesome old photographs of baby Willie as well as this passage:

My first public appearance was in Brooken, Texas. We were at the annual Brooken Homecoming, with all-day singing and dinner on the ground. i was five years old. My poem was given to me by Mama Nelson to recite at the singing and performing part of "singing and dinner on the ground." I guess I was
Mar 08, 2014 Jeff rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Eh, OK. My friend recommended this book so I gave it a try. pretty funny with noooo organization whatsoever. wish there was a little more about Willie and a little less song lyric page filler. Quick read though.
May 13, 2008 James rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Better than some of the other biographies. More "honest" voice for Willie. If you're in the market for a Willie biography, check this one out.
Jun 09, 2008 Chris rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hilarious stories from the coolest uncle you never had. Doesn't really go anywhere, but a damn good read.
East Bay J
Nov 25, 2011 East Bay J rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: music-bios
Good ol' Willie. Country Willie. Shotgun Willie. The red headed stranger. This guy has written more good songs than several of his contemporaries and still seems to be going strong. His songs are incredible. "Bloody Mary Morning", "I Gotta' Get Drunk", "Hello Walls". There are the touching tales of passionate love and heart wrenching heartbreak; "Crazy", "Wake Me When It's Over", "Three Days" and one of my personal favorites, "Time Of The Preacher". And Willie managed to sum up the lighter and d ...more
The Facts of Life: and Other Dirty Jokes was a quick, pretty engaging read. The jokes in it were corny and predictably fantastic, and some of the diary-ish entries were well written. I finished it in a couple of days, but never felt that I really got into.

I've never much listened to Willie Nelson's music, so the lyrics didn't really strike any chord with me. I feel that if I had been listening to his albums I really would have enjoyed that kind of stuff. I loved his anecdotes, and I loved his jo
Feb 21, 2012 Jason rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I really wanted to give this book a "higher" rating...I really did. However, I could have used a lot more facts, delved out through truly humorous anecdotes, and a lot less sets of song lyrics. I love Willie's music, and if I want to listen to Willie's music...I would LISTEN to Willie's music. That being said...I wanted to give the book a higher rating because the jokes were excellent (some are certainly not for the prudish reader, as he himself volunteers early on). Reading this book is kind of ...more
ஐ Briansgirl (Book Sale Queen)ஐ
I may like Willie Nelson's music, but this book was hard to read. I choose it over some others about him because he actually wrote it. It's 1/3 (or more!) song lyrics, 1/3 jokes (most dirty and not all funny), and that leaves only 1/3 for stuff Willie actually wrote. Mostly he retold old stories and some stuff about touring on the road.

One HIGHLY annoying bit about the book is where he said he sent the first bit of the book into the publisher and the publisher liked it. In itself that isn't bad
Now I see why people have all those different categories in their bookshelves. I mean, I enjoyed this book, but it can't compare with "Thousand Splendid Suns" or others that I've given 4 stars to. If I could just compare it with other memoirs, that might be easier.
Anyway, if you're a Willie fan, you like vulgar jokes, or want a nice easy read, I recommend this book.
Craig Machen
Apr 28, 2011 Craig Machen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is about 50% song lyrics, 15% corny jokes, and what's left... Oh yes, 35% stories. The stories alone are worth the price of admission (or the trip to the library), and of course Willie Nelson is one of the great song writers of all time, so the lyrics are pretty amazing.

A really fun read that you can probably finish in an hour.
Edmund Davis-Quinn
Mar 02, 2016 Edmund Davis-Quinn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
Fun read, although I enjoyed the stories and jokes more than the songs.

I would love to be a friend to Willie like so many awesome people.

He seems like a wonderful dude and I mean that as a high compliment.
Sep 14, 2011 Maria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
If you aren't a fan of Willie Nelson you won't find the humor in this book. It is very raw and contains many dirty jokes and stories, like the title states. I found it funny and a great insight to a great musician's mind.
Jul 04, 2013 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really loved the stories and pictures in this book. I also liked the song lyrics as many if them took me back to my childhood. For me, the jokes were hit and miss. I agree with the reviewer who said that you have to like Willie to like this book. I do. :)
David Ward
The Facts of Life and Other Dirty Jokes by Willie Nelson (Random House 2002)(780.92) is a combination joke book, journal, and lyric sheet. He tells some good stories and includes some remarkable pictures. My rating: 7/10, finished 9/28/11.
Parts of this book had me laughing out loud. Has the lyrics of his songs as well as jokes and short stories. Very entertaining book.
Jun 24, 2012 Chris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Anything by or about Willie Nelson-The Outlaw-great read!
Kim Johnson
Jan 11, 2008 Kim Johnson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's Willie. What's not to love?
Daniel Hooker
Jan 03, 2012 Daniel Hooker rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir
A harmless romp set to the tune of "Hello Walls"
Shelby Delbert
Nov 11, 2014 Shelby Delbert rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Try a decent album next time around ...
Robyn Obermeyer
Jan 22, 2013 Robyn Obermeyer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoy Willie Nelson's sense of humor as much as I enjoy his music and salt of the earth attitude! I love his contibutions to worthy causes such as Farm Aid!
Jun 20, 2015 Mike rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a good follow up or companion read to his recently released autobiography, It's A Long Story: My Life
May 31, 2007 Eeyore rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was actually pretty funny. I really enjoyed it.
Kristie (fabk)
Funny Funny Funny. A quick engaging read. It was interesting to hear abit about his life here and there and than read the song lyrics that he wrote at or about that time. Very good!
Silly Willie!
Star Valdez
Jan 13, 2009 Star Valdez rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A little taste of old boy humor mixed with the raw truth.
Phil Overeem
Dec 12, 2016 Phil Overeem rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Add tour diary. Throw in three cups of actual dirty jokes. Stir. Fill rest of book with song lyrics. Shake briskly. Publish.
Russty Thaggard

I'm a big Willie fan, but this one was not so good...
Jim Bouchard
Dec 31, 2010 Jim Bouchard rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An American hero and icon of our nearly lost independent outlaw spirit. This book is funny, warm, endearing and completely self-effacing.
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Willie Hugh Nelson is an American singer-songwriter and actor. He is widely regarded as one of the most beloved and notorious country music singers. He reached his greatest fame during the so-called "outlaw country" movement of the 1970s, but remains iconic, especially in American popular culture. In recent years he has continued to tour, record, and perform, and this, combined with activities in ...more
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