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Wednesday, February 15, 2021

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Willie Nelson is well on his way to being (even more of) a musical iconoclast. After showing off his cross-genre chops with a reggae album, he now contributes to the Brokeback Mountain buzz by releasing “Cowboys Are Frequently, Secretly (Fond of Each Other)”, a 25-year-old composition that’s only now, er, coming out of the closet.

Available exclusively through iTunes, the song features choppy Tex-Mex style guitar runs and Nelson’s deadpan delivery of lines like, “What did you think all them saddles and boots was about?” and “Inside every cowboy there’s a lady who’d love to slip out.”

The song, which debuted Tuesday on Howard Stern’s satellite radio show, was written by Texas-born singer-songwriter Ned Sublette in 1981. Sublette said he wrote it during the Urban Cowboy craze and always imagined Nelson singing it.

I say, why should cowboys be the only ones to get this pop-music serenade? When’s Willie going to spread the love and remake that old “Monty Python” standard, “The Lumberjack Song”?

I cut down trees, I skip and jump,
I like to press wild flowers.
I put on women’s clothing,
And hang around in bars.

He cuts down trees, he skips and jumps,
He likes to press wild flowers.
He puts on women’s clothing
And hangs around… In bars???????

I chop down trees, I wear high heels,
Suspenders and a bra.
I wish I’d been a girlie
Just like my dear papa.

I’m sure many a lonely woodsman north of the border could stand a modern version.

- Costa Tsiokos, Wed 02/15/2006 11:55:23 AM
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