It's a big day. To mark it, day of the Momma 'n' Daddy century, I'll be bringing you two special features, so stay with this till the end. The first feature is a piece of Momma 'n' Daddy revisionism. Because, you see, I wanted to have a specially good song for this instalment, and I thought of one I hadn't really covered here. I'd previously ruled it out as not having sufficient M&D content. What? Was I crazy? Of course it's Momma 'n' Daddy; the song centres on what Mommas should and shouldn't let happen to their babies. It's Cormac McCarthy meets John Bowlby and D.W. Winnicott. How could I have excluded it from the canon? Hence the revisionism. When you've been wrong, it's better just to face up to it.
So today I bring you 'Mamas, Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys', one of the greats, as sung here by Waylon and Willie:
Cowboys ain't easy to love and they're harder to holdIt's so, so Momma 'n' Daddy, don't you agree? The mother needs to cope with the growing boy who's gonna be the man who's gotta do what a man's gotta do: not wrong, just different, 'but his pride won't/Let him do things to make you think he's right'. Mommas, don't let your buckskins grow up to be trousers. (For a link to hear this fine song, see below.)
They'd rather give you a song than diamonds or gold
Lone Star belt buckles and old faded Levis
And each night begins a new day
If you don't understand him and he don't die young
He'll probably just ride away.
Mamas, don't let your babies grow up to be cowboys
Don't let 'em pick guitars and drive them old trucks
Let 'em be doctors and lawyers and such.
Mammas don't let your babies grow up to be cowboys
They'll never stay home and they're always alone
Even with someone they love.
Cowboys like smoky old pool rooms and clear mountain mornins
Little warm puppies and children and girls of the night
Them that don't know him won't like him and them that do
Sometimes won't know how to take him
He ain't wrong, he's just different but his pride won't
Let him do things to make you think he's right.
The other feature today is a whole bunch of YouTube links for songs that have figured in the series. Not exactly the best of the M&D collection, since some very good songs I failed to find. But a wonderful selection of them.
Listen and enjoy.
[The Momma 'n' Daddy Archive, containing all the details of the series, is here.]