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  • jimbobspins
    Check this out! Jim From: Ned Sublette Date: Tue, 14 Feb 2006 12:31:46 -0500 To: Ned Sublette Subject: Cowboys Are
    Message 1 of 3 , Feb 14, 2006
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      Check this out!

      Jim




      From: Ned Sublette <ned@...>
      Date: Tue, 14 Feb 2006 12:31:46 -0500
      To: Ned Sublette <ned@...>
      Subject: Cowboys Are Frequently Secretly


      FEBRUARY 14, 2006
      1 P.M. EST
      FOR PUBLIC DISTRIBUTION

      WILLIE NELSON RECORDS NED SUBLETTE'S "COWBOYS
      ARE FREQUENTLY SECRETLY."

      YES, HE REALLY DID.

      NOW AVAILABLE AS A DOWNLOAD. AND SOON, A RINGTONE.

      SPREAD THE MEME.

      I was sworn to secrecy until now, but today, on Valentine's Day, it
      can be told.

      In 1981, sitting at a piano in Portales, New Mexico, I wrote a song
      called "Cowboys Are Frequently Secretly," whose first two verses
      and chorus go:

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

      Now 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 the cowboy may brag about things that he does with his
      women
      But the ones that brag loudest are the ones who are most likely
      queer.

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

      It was the era of the urban cowboy plague, when the country
      charts were full of cowboys this and cowboys that songs.
      Inspired, I wrote this song, imagining Willie Nelson singing it.

      "Cowboys" seemed to strike a nerve, and for a time was the
      thing I was best known for. It took on a life of its own, as songs
      will do. After the first time I sang it, I got requests for "the one
      about the cowboys" at the next gig I did, and on and on. I
      probably don't need to point out that at the time, the term AIDS
      was unknown. A live recording of the first-ever performance of it
      by my band appeared on a John Giorno anthology. I made a
      damn fine recording of it in the 80s, with an A-team of specialist
      players, that has never come out. It was covered by the
      queercore group Pansy Division, who changed it from a waltz to
      4/4. I tried to place it in Brokeback Mountain, but the word I got
      was that it was too funny for a tear-jerkin' movie.

      My friend Tony Garnier, who played bass on my studio version,
      passed a copy of the track to Willie Nelson in maybe 1988. After
      living with the song all these years, Willie has recorded it.

      It has just been released as a download-only single on iTunes,
      and as of this morning, it's available at iTunes.

      It was premiered this morning, a few months shy of 25 years
      since I wrote it, for Valentine's Day, when Willie appeared as a
      guest on the Howard Stern show. I didn't hear it, since I don't yet
      get Sirius. The song has the F-word in it (it's not gratuitous, it's
      structural), and by going over to Sirius, Howard Stern can play it
      unedited. Satellite radio is the new FM.

      It's pretty amazing to hear Willie sing this song. Not just
      because it has the word "queer" in it. Not even because it's the
      first time I've heard Willie Nelson sing the word "fuck." But
      because of his interpretive power. Since I originally imagined
      Willie singing it, I feel kind of like I already heard it, way back
      when. But Willie as an interpreter is always surprising, and I
      learned a hundred things about my own song hearing him give it
      back to me.

      But here's the best part.

      There's going to be a "Cowboys Are Frequently Secretly"
      ringtone. I don't have the link yet, but if you want it, e-mail me and
      I'll try to keep on top of it. After all, ringtones are the new singles.

      I'm told there is also a video, though I haven't seen it.

      Please feel free to let all your friends and acquaintances know.
      And thank you, Willie.


      Late-breaking update: An article in the Dallas Morning News
      today quoted a prepared statement by Willie as saying, "The
      song's been in the closet for 20 years":

      http://www.dallasnews.com/s/dws/ent/columnists/mtarradell/stor
      ies/DN-cowboysong_0214gl.ART.State.Edition2.e368707.html
    • jimbobspins
      Check this out! Jim From: Ned Sublette Date: Tue, 14 Feb 2006 12:31:46 -0500 To: Ned Sublette Subject: Cowboys Are
      Message 2 of 3 , Feb 14, 2006
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        Check this out!

        Jim




        From: Ned Sublette <ned@...>
        Date: Tue, 14 Feb 2006 12:31:46 -0500
        To: Ned Sublette <ned@...>
        Subject: Cowboys Are Frequently Secretly


        FEBRUARY 14, 2006
        1 P.M. EST
        FOR PUBLIC DISTRIBUTION

        WILLIE NELSON RECORDS NED SUBLETTE'S "COWBOYS
        ARE FREQUENTLY SECRETLY."

        YES, HE REALLY DID.

        NOW AVAILABLE AS A DOWNLOAD. AND SOON, A RINGTONE.

        SPREAD THE MEME.

        I was sworn to secrecy until now, but today, on Valentine's Day, it
        can be told.

        In 1981, sitting at a piano in Portales, New Mexico, I wrote a song
        called "Cowboys Are Frequently Secretly," whose first two verses
        and chorus go:

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

        Now 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 the cowboy may brag about things that he does with his
        women
        But the ones that brag loudest are the ones who are most likely
        queer.

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

        It was the era of the urban cowboy plague, when the country
        charts were full of cowboys this and cowboys that songs.
        Inspired, I wrote this song, imagining Willie Nelson singing it.

        "Cowboys" seemed to strike a nerve, and for a time was the
        thing I was best known for. It took on a life of its own, as songs
        will do. After the first time I sang it, I got requests for "the one
        about the cowboys" at the next gig I did, and on and on. I
        probably don't need to point out that at the time, the term AIDS
        was unknown. A live recording of the first-ever performance of it
        by my band appeared on a John Giorno anthology. I made a
        damn fine recording of it in the 80s, with an A-team of specialist
        players, that has never come out. It was covered by the
        queercore group Pansy Division, who changed it from a waltz to
        4/4. I tried to place it in Brokeback Mountain, but the word I got
        was that it was too funny for a tear-jerkin' movie.

        My friend Tony Garnier, who played bass on my studio version,
        passed a copy of the track to Willie Nelson in maybe 1988. After
        living with the song all these years, Willie has recorded it.

        It has just been released as a download-only single on iTunes,
        and as of this morning, it's available at iTunes.

        It was premiered this morning, a few months shy of 25 years
        since I wrote it, for Valentine's Day, when Willie appeared as a
        guest on the Howard Stern show. I didn't hear it, since I don't yet
        get Sirius. The song has the F-word in it (it's not gratuitous, it's
        structural), and by going over to Sirius, Howard Stern can play it
        unedited. Satellite radio is the new FM.

        It's pretty amazing to hear Willie sing this song. Not just
        because it has the word "queer" in it. Not even because it's the
        first time I've heard Willie Nelson sing the word "fuck." But
        because of his interpretive power. Since I originally imagined
        Willie singing it, I feel kind of like I already heard it, way back
        when. But Willie as an interpreter is always surprising, and I
        learned a hundred things about my own song hearing him give it
        back to me.

        But here's the best part.

        There's going to be a "Cowboys Are Frequently Secretly"
        ringtone. I don't have the link yet, but if you want it, e-mail me and
        I'll try to keep on top of it. After all, ringtones are the new singles.

        I'm told there is also a video, though I haven't seen it.

        Please feel free to let all your friends and acquaintances know.
        And thank you, Willie.


        Late-breaking update: An article in the Dallas Morning News
        today quoted a prepared statement by Willie as saying, "The
        song's been in the closet for 20 years":

        http://www.dallasnews.com/s/dws/ent/columnists/mtarradell/stor
        ies/DN-cowboysong_0214gl.ART.State.Edition2.e368707.html
      • jimbobspins
        Well, I guess Iam not having any trouble posting now. Mea Culpa, Jim
        Message 3 of 3 , Feb 14, 2006
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          Well, I guess Iam not having any trouble posting now.

          Mea Culpa,

          Jim
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