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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”?

Lumberjack:
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.

Mounties:
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???????

Lumberjack:
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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