Mamas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys

ed bruce

Ed Bruce

 

Here are the lyrics and chords to the iconic song written by our esteemed cousin, Ed Bruce (& his wife Patsy, then popularized by Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson).

[CHORUS]:      D                                                          G

Mamas don’t let your babies grow up to be cowboys

A

Don’t let them pick guitars and drive them old trucks

D

Make ‘em be doctors and lawyers and such

G

Mamas don’t let your babies grow up to be cowboys

A

They’ll never stay home and they’re always alone

D

Even with someone they love

[VERSE 1]:      D                                                   G

A cowboy ain’t easy to love and he’s harder to hold

A                                                                                D

And it means more to him to give you a song than silver or gold

G

Budweiser buckles and soft faded Levi’s and each night begins a new day

A

If you can’t understand him and he don’t die young

D

He’ll probably just ride away

[CHORUS]:     

[VERSE 2 (A tone higher)]:        E                                     A

Cowboys like smokey ol’ pool rooms and clear mountain mornings

B                                                                                        E

Little warm puppies and children and girls of the night

E

Them that don’t know him won’t like him

A

And them that do sometimes won’t know how to take him

B

He ain’t wrong, he’s just different but his pride won’t let him

E

Do things that make you think he’s right

[CHORUS 2x]:

 

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In our family, the story goes that Grandma Bruce -my father’s mother’s mother- used to say “Mamas don’t let your babies grow up to be cowboys,” and that was the inspiration for the song.

Here is another telling of the song’s origin I found online, FWIW.

And here is our favorite recording of the song, by Ed Bruce himself (no surprise):

 

 
More to come on this front, especially as my brother and I have now started our own band, woot!

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One Response to Mamas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys

  1. Baba/Bubble Wow says:

    Ed and Patsy had a little girl. Is she still in the picture?

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