Wednesday, February 15, 2006


The phrase "jaw-dropping" was invented for things like country legend Willie Nelson's new song. No doubt inspired by the recent hubbub over "Brokeback Mountain," Nelson recorded an apparently sincere ode to gay cowboys, only available from iTunes. Although it had me gasping with startled laughter, Nelson's straightfaced delivery of the startlingly blunt lyrics doesn't sound like the work of a jokester, unless his tounge is so far in cheek it went over my head (now there's an interesting visual). And I thought his reggae album last year was unusual. Wow, keep smokin' Willie!

Willie Nelson: "Cowboys Are Frequently Secretly Fond Of Each Other"

I wasn't too surprised to learn that the song was written (back in 1981) by Ned Sublette, for he's a (jolly good) fellow with strange ideas about country music. In 1999, for instance, he released an album called "Cowboy Rhumba," a country/Cuban music fusion.

Ned Sublette: "Ghost Riders In The Sky"

And what's the big deal about "Brokeback Mountain" anyway? Andy Warhol did that scene 35 years ago in "Lonesome Cowboys."


Rich said...

Thanks for posting this. Was curious to hear it. Go Willie.

bomarr said...

pansy division also covered it in 1995 on their "pile up" record. you can hear their cover here

Danny Muncaster said...

This song is beautiful vocally since Willie Nelson has a velvet, angelic voice. But the lyrics are stupid and stereotypical. Read why I say this in my blog. Thanks.

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Richard said...

You can listen to the Ned Sublette version here.
It's near the bottom of the page.