(Nashville, Tennessee) Willie Nelson is
strummin' the love of gay cowboys in his newest recording. The country
music star on Tuesday released "Cowboys Are Secretly, Frequently
(Fond Of Each Other)".
The song debuted on Howard Stern's satellite
�There�s many a strange impulse out on the
plains of West Texas,� Nelson sings.
�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.�
"Cowboys Are Secretly, Frequently (Fond Of
Each Other)" isn't available in record stores, but it can be downloaded as
an MP3 from Apple�s iTunes music Web site.
Whether it will get airplay on the nation's
country stations remains to be seen. Frequently the stations have shied
away from controversial songs - even by singers of the caliber of Nelson.
iTunes says a video for the song should be
available in the spring. Last weekend about two dozen dancers turned out
at Dallas' gay cowboy bar, the Round Up Saloon, to shoot the video.
"Since everyone is talking about the
acclaimed film Brokeback Mountain and its Academy Award nominations, Valentine's
Day seemed like the right time to let [the song] be heard," Nelson's
Nelson also contributed a song to the soundtrack
of the film with his rendition of "He Was A Friend Of Mine".
But "Cowboys Are Secretly, Frequently (Fond
Of Each Other)" actually predates the movie. It was written in 1981 by
Texas-born, NYC resident musician/songwriter Ned Sublette.
Sublette, 54, says the song is based on his own
experiences growing up in the small town of Portales, N.M. He says he gave
Nelson a cassette of the song and "Willie took if from there".
The song was originally recorded by the gay group
Pansy Division in 1995 for their album Pileup.