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"Whacko From Waco" & 10 Other Batsh!t Texas Songs

Happy Texas Independence Day, everyone. Today The Only State That Matters officially enters its 175th year of pissing off the lesser 49 states and producing the best music anywhere on Earth. One of Texas' biggest honky-tonk heroes is of course Billy Joe Shaver, who is now back on the outlaw-country airwaves with "Whacko from Waco." Recorded with Willie Nelson and his band, it's Shaver's version of the little "situation" he got into outside a bar near Waco in 2007. The first verse made Rocks Off LOL:

I'm a whacko from Waco, ain't no doubt about it

Shot a man there in the head but can't talk much about it

He was trying to shoot me, but he took too long to aim

Anybody in my place would have done the same

I don't start fights, I finish fights, that's the way it'll always be

I'm a whacko from Waco, you best not mess with me

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Chris Gray has been Music Editor for the Houston Press since 2008. He is the proud father of a Beatles-loving toddler named Oliver.
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