“It’s all Going to Pot”
Willie Nelson & Merle Haggard
Written by Buddy Cannon, Jamey Johnson, and Larry Shell
Let’s answer all of the burning questions right away.
1. Do these two legends still sound great? Yes.
2. Is it a real duet where they alternate verses and play off of each other? Yes.
3. Does that title mean what I think it means? Yes.
Nelson and Haggard are in fine form, and “It’s all Going to Pot” is subtle enough that a casual listener can read it as two older men lamenting on the state of the world today. It’s a nice wink-and-nod to Haggard’s own legacy. When you hear “Okie from Muskogee” described as a call to arms for traditional American life, you can be assured that whoever is making that claim completely missed the tongue that Haggard had firmly planted in his cheek with that one!
There’s nothing earth-shatteringly brilliant here. If it wasn’t for the way that this particular song could garner the free press to compensate radio ignoring it completely, it’s doubtful it would be anything more than album filler.
But it’s entertaining enough, and it’s Willie and Merle. That’ll do for now.