Mammas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys

Album: Waylon & Willie (1978)
Charted: 42
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  • 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, an' he don't die young
    He'll prob'ly just ride away

    Mamas, don't let your babies grow up to be cowboys
    Don't let 'em pick guitars or drive them old trucks
    Let 'em be doctors and lawyers and such
    Mamas don't let your babies grow up to be cowboys
    'Cos they'll never stay home and they're always alone
    Even with someone they love

    Cowboys like smokey old pool rooms and clear mountain mornings
    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

    Mamas, don't let your babies grow up to be cowboys
    Don't let 'em pick guitars or drive them old trucks
    Let 'em be doctors and lawyers and such
    Mamas don't let your babies grow up to be cowboys
    'Cos they'll never stay home and they're always alone
    Even with someone they love

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