Willie Nelson’s “Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die” isn’t your typical country ballad about loss. Released in 2012 as the lead single from his album “Heroes,” the song takes a lighthearted, even humorous approach to death.

Born from a collaboration between Nelson, Buddy Cannon, and several other musicians, the song boasts an impressive guest list. Snoop Dogg brings his signature rap style, Kris Kristofferson adds his gravelly vocals, and Jamey Johnson complements Nelson’s smooth croon.

The song isn’t promoting literal post-mortem smoking. Instead, it’s a celebration of life, delivered with a wink and a nudge. Nelson flips the script on mourning, requesting a party atmosphere after his passing. He envisions his loved ones gathering, not weeping, but sharing stories and laughter, with him as the unconventional centerpiece.

“Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die” became an instant hit, reaching number one on the Billboard Country Digital Songs chart. It surprised many, considering the song’s blunt, cannabis-referencing title. However, it resonated with fans who saw it as Nelson’s signature blend of humor, defiance, and a deep appreciation for life’s journey. The song remains a staple at his concerts, a reminder to live life to the fullest and embrace the inevitable with a smile.