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Willie Nelson Rewrites The Story Of The Old West In ‘We Are The Cowboys’ Music Video

ET Canada logo ET Canada 2020-06-19 Corey Atad
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Willie Nelson is rewriting our images of the old west.

On Friday, Nelson released his cover of Billy Joe Shaver's 1981 song "We Are the Cowboys", along with a gorgeous new music video.

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"The cowboys are riding tall in the saddle/They shoot from the heart with the songs that they play," Nelson sings, "We are the cowboys, the true sons of freedom/We are the men who will get the job done."

Things then take a turn in a more unexpected, progressive direction, with Nelson crooning, "Cowboys are average American people/Texicans, Mexicans, Black men and Jews/They love this old world and they don't want to lose it/They're counting on me and they're counting on you."

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The lyrics also make a plea to listener for a better world.

"The world will breathe easy when we stop the bleeding/The fighting will end when all hunger is gone/There are those who are blind so we'll all have to lead them/It's everyone's job till we get the work done," he sings.

The video includes images of classic movie western stars like John Wayne, while Nelson subverts those images.


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