Although Loretta Lynn and Willie Nelson were friends for decades, they only ever recorded one duet together. That duet was 2016’s “Lay Me Down,” which is a powerful song.
Some of the lyrics are, “When they lay me down someday, my soul will rise, then fly away. This old world will turn around. I’ll be at peace when they lay me down.”
Loretta passed away on October 4 at the age of 90. Willie paid tribute to his friend with a short and sweet message, saying:
“Loretta was a good friend and fantastically talented. She was a great writer, singer, and human being. I’ll miss her a lot.”
Loretta’s family held a public memorial service in her honor at the Grand Ole Opry house in Nashville on Sunday (October 30). The service was broadcast live on CMT.
Willie’s son, Lukas Nelson, and Loretta’s granddaughter, Emmy Russell, took to the stage at one point to perform “Lay Me Down.” Their rendition of the duet is sure to give you goosebumps when you watch the video below.
CMT described Lukas and Emmy’s performance as “emotional,” and that’s the truth. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself with tears in your eyes while you listen to them sing,
They made Loretta and Willie proud with this one…