Just when you think you're safe. When gay cowboys couldn't attack your pocketbook or lay siege to your brain matter anymore... When all the cartoons and magazines and news shows weren't all-Brokeback all the time anymore... Willie Nelson releases a gay cowboy song. Turns out he'd written it a while back though. But, you gotta jump on that Brokeback train before it can go on to the next mountain.
The song is called "Cowboys Are Frequently Secretly (Fond of Each Other)" and it's only available for iTunes. It's a typical country song - it sounds like Willie Nelson all right. (Yes, I bought the song. I know, I know, you can't be a Brokeback cynic and still buy all the crap. This is different. This is for the blog. I'm taking one for the team...) The lyrics are a scream - although not always in the best taste. (The word "queer" for example is used.)
Sample lyrics: "Well the cowboy may brag about the things he'd done with his women, but the ones who brag the loudest are usually queer." "Inside every cowboy there's a lady who'd love to spiff out." and "What did you think all those saddles and boots was about?"
You be the judge.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Country music outlaw Willie Nelson sang "Mammas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys" and "My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys" more than 25 years ago. He released a very different sort of cowboy anthem this Valentine's Day.
"Cowboys Are Frequently, Secretly (Fond of Each Other)" may be the first gay cowboy song by a major recording artist. But it was written long before this year's Oscar-nominated "Brokeback Mountain" made gay cowboys a hot topic.
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.