Revisiting Willie Nelson's Gay Cowboy Song

Posted by Prince Gomolvilas
ON Friday, June 05, 2009

I had heard Willie Nelson's "Cowboys Are Frequently Secretly (Fond of Each Other)" some time back (at the height of Brokeback mania, I believe), but I never saw the accompanying music video until now. (Note: It's actually a cover version of the 1981 song by Ned Sublette. Learn more here.) The video features Willie, Burt Reynolds, and a bunch of gay-ish cowboys. Hot! Watch:



The lyrics:


Well, there's many a strange impulse out on the plains of West Texas
There's many a young boy who feels things he can't comprehend
And a small town don't like it when somebody falls between sexes
No, a small town don't like it when a cowboy has feelings for men

And I believe to my soul that inside every man there's the feminine
And inside every lady there's a deep manly voice loud and clear
Well, a cowboy may brag about things that he's done with his women
But the ones who brag loudest are the ones that are most likely queer

Cowboys are frequently secretly fond of each other
Say, what do you think all them saddles and boots was about?
And there's many a cowboy who don't understand the way that he feels for his brother
And inside every cowboy there's a lady that'd love to slip out

And there's always somebody who says what the others just whisper
And mostly that someone's the first one to get shot down dead
So when you talk to a cowboy don't treat him like he was a sister
You can't fuck with a lady that's sleepin' in each cowboy's head

Cowboys are frequently secretly fond of each other
What did you think all them saddles and boots was about?
And there's many a cowboy who don't understand the way that he feels for his brother
And inside every lady there's a cowboy who wants to come out
And inside every cowboy there's a lady that'd love to slip out

[Courtesy of Mike Valentino, proving once again how curious he really is.]
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1 Comment

  1. Marisela Said,

    Those are awesome lyrics. I can totally hear Willie Nelson in my head saying "frequently secretly".

     



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