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Pretty Paper was written by Willie Nelson in 1963.

He was inspired to write the song after he remembered a man he often saw while he lived in Fort Worth, Texas. The man had his legs amputated and moved around by rollers made of old tires. in front of Leonard’s Department Store, he sold paper and pencils by announcing “Pretty paper! Pretty paper!” to get people’s attention.

The song took him 20 minutes to write.

The man’s name was Frankie Brierton who was born with spinal meningitis. he’d drive himself to the department store every day in a car he had outfitted with hand-operated controls. His daughter Lillian Compte says he refused all offers of government assistance. HE died in 1973 never getting to hear Willie’s song PRETTY PAPER.

Source: texasmonthly.com, Wikipedia, willienelson.com


from Austin for Christmas, released December 2, 2017


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