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Willie Nelson on <i>Brokeback Mountain</i> path

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By: Sunil Noronha

Call it coincidence if you will, country music veteran Willie Nelsons latest offering is a cowboy song much like the song "sung" right the through the hit film Brokeback Mountain. Neither the song nor the movie was planned so that they would be released at the same time. The gap between the movie and the song is a gap of score years.

The song, which has been sounded over the radio, is called "Cowboys Are Frequently, Secretly (Fond of Each Other)". The homosexual giveaways in the song are lines 'What did you think all them saddles and boots was about?' and 'Inside every cowboy there's a lady who'd love to slip out'. The song owes its gay affiliations to the songs writer, Ned Sublette. Nelson said that the song, though recorded twenty years ago, was not actually offered up until now. The songs writer said that the inspiration is not as gay as one might think. It is written to be about the '80s flick Urban Cowboy in which hunk John Travolta was the lead actor. The writer said that he pictured being ideally sung by the country singer. Out of the many doors that the song has opened, one of them is that of Nelson's tour manager, David Anderson. He made public his gayness to the singer a couple of years back. He says that not only does it mean "homosexually" to him but is also very proud of his client, Willie Nelson for all that he was. Well the only thing one can say is that the song and will movie will surely benefit from each other's simultaneous releases.

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