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Willie Nelson
“Cowboys Are Frequently, Secretly (Fond of Each Other)”

[2006]
Sure, he's piggybacking off all those Brokeback Mountain jokes, and it's even more of a stunt than his reggae album, but damned if this Ned Sublette/Pansy Division cover doesn't sound like Willie wrote the thing himself. To his and Sublette's credit, the song is funny without actually coming off as the cheap gag it might have been. Better still, "Cowboys" adds a whole new level of complexity to the outlaw mythology Willie helped to cultivate in the 70s: "What did you think all those spurs and boots was for?" he asks, straight-faced, before observing, "Inside every cowboy there's a lady that'd love to slip out."
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