Celebrate the Heart of Country, Americana, and Roots Music!

Drop Us A Line, Y'all

Y'all interested in advertising, partnering up, contributing stories, joining our team, or just got a question? Well, don't be shy, drop us a line!

Follow Us

Waylon and Willie’s 1970s Classic Hit “Mamas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys”


Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson performed a great duet with the song “Mamas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys. “

Waylon, Willie, Classic Hit
Via YouTube.com by Screengrab

Waylon Arnold Jennings professionally known as Waylon Jennings was a popular American singer and songwriter in the 1950s to 2000s. He has achieved numerous honors and awards. He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2001. However, he died on February 2002 due to complications from diabetes.

Willie Nelson is a multi-awarded country artist in the 1950s up to the present. He is one of the most influential and most recognized music artists of all time. He has also achieved numerous major awards and honors. He had also made countless hit singles and albums.

Both were really good singers. Today, let us talk about one of their hit singles “Mamas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys.”

“Mamas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys”

It is a classic song written by Ed Bruce and his wife. Ed Bruce popularized this song in the 1970s and his rendition appears on his self-titled album. The song made it to number 15 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart.

Waylon, Willie, Classic Hit
Via YouTube.com by Screengrab

Years ago, “Mamas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys” rose to number 1 on the country charts because of Willie and Jennings’s rendition. They have covered this song and it was released January 1978 from their album, Waylon & Willie. The duo won the 1979 Grammy Award for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal.

Nelson also made his own version of the song and it has been featured in the 1979 American film, The Electric Horseman.

The Lyrics Breakdown

Cowboys ain’t easy to love and they’re harder to hold
They’d rather give you a song than diamonds or gold
Lonestar belt buckles and old faded Levi’s 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 

Cowboys may not be easy to love, but this song definitely is. “Mamas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys” is a song that warns every mother not to let their children become cowboys. The life of a cowboy is not as easy as others because cowboys have a tough and busy life.

Listen to Waylon and Willie’s Rendition here:

Latest Stories

Keith Urban Still Tries to 'Impress' Wife Nicole Kidman with His Concerts

Keith Urban Always Aims to Impress Wife Nicole Kidman Onstage

To anyone who said love is dead hasn’t surely met Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman. The longtime couple of almost 18 years –with two kids, Sunday and Faith – is ...

Martina McBride + God's Will

Martina McBride’s “God’s Will” is a Message of Hope

Released in November 2004, “God’s Will” is a faith-filled country song that will lift up your spirits. Martina McBride’s chart-topping songs such as “A Broken Wing” and “Wrong Again” have ...

The Lumineers + Cleopatra

Unravel a Nostalgic Feeling with The Lumineers’ “Cleopatra”

Written by Wesley Schultz and Jeremiah Fraites, The Lumineers’ “Cleopatra” is a notable record for its raw and acoustic sound. Released on March 25, 2016, the song was a track ...

Montgomery Gentry + Lucky Man

“Lucky Man” by Montgomery Gentry is Indeed a Lucky Song

Kentucky natives Eddie Montgomery and Troy Gentry released a single, “Lucky Man,” in January 2007 to express gratitude and appreciation for life despite its negativities. It was the second single ...

Mo Pitney + Duct Tape and Jesus

Story Behind Mo Pitney’s Hit Song “Duct Tape and Jesus”

It seems that Mo Pitney has stayed true to his words and kept traditional country music relevant with his new song, “Duct Tape and Jesus.” American country singer Morgan Daniel ...

Dolly Parton + Power in the Blood

Dolly Parton’s Cover of “Power in The Blood”: A Gospel Classic Reimagined

With a career in the country music scene for over 50 years, Parton is known for singing several gospel songs, like “The Seeker,” “I Believe,” and “Daddy Was An Old ...

Al Dexter Death

Al Dexter: Honky Tonk Pioneer’s Legacy After Death

American country musician and songwriter Al Dexter has written and recorded numerous Western country songs like Pistol Packin’ Mama, which have become big hits. That is why the world was ...

The Statler Brothers + Rock of Ages

Believe in God’s All-Powerful Ability with The Statler Brothers Cover of “Rock of Ages”

In 1992, The Statler Brothers released a cover of the hit gospel song “Rock of Ages” on their album Gospel Favorites. The song was originally written as a hymn by ...

Dolly Parton and Willie Nelson + Everything's Beautiful (In Its Own Way)

Dolly Parton and Willie Nelson’s Amazing First Duet with “Everything’s Beautiful (In Its Own Way)”

In 1982, Dolly Parton and Willie Nelson released their first-ever collaboration song, “Everything’s Beautiful (In Its Own Way),” as part of Dolly Parton’s studio album, My Favorite Songwriter, Porter Wagoner.  ...

Crazy Horse + I Don't Want to Talk About It

Meaning Behind Crazy Horse Song “I Don’t Want to Talk About It”

In 1971, known American country rock band Crazy Horse released “I Don’t Want To Talk About It” as part of their debut album of the same name.  The band consists ...

Leave a Comment

For security, use of Google's reCAPTCHA service is required which is subject to the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.