Last Thing I Needed First Thing This Morning

Album: Always On My Mind (1982)


  • This Gary P. Nunn and Donna Farar-penned tune was released by Willie Nelson as the third single from Always on My Mind. The song reached #2 on the Country chart.
  • The song finds Nelson listing on the first verse all of the bad-luck things that happened to him in the morning an alarm clock set to the wrong time, hinges falling off the gate, spilled coffee, etc. He then sets up the rest of the song by singing:

    But the last thing I needed
    The first thing this morning
    Was to have you walk out on me
  • Chris Stapleton recorded a cover in 2017 for his studio album From A Room: Volume 1. Stapleton's remake is a slow, sparse, guitar ballad, punctuated by light harmonies from his wife Morgane.

    Stapleton holds Nelson's original in high esteem, citing it as a model song for anyone who aspires to be a country songwriter. "I do think it's a superbly written country song that if anybody wanted an instruction manual on how to write country songs, I'd probably hand them that song," he said.
  • Mickey Raphael, who played harmonica on Nelson's original, reprises the role on Stapleton's version.


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