Friday, July 23, 2010

Parentheses: That’s Right (You’re Not From Texas)

Lyle Lovett: That‘s Right (You‘re Not From Texas)


Do you remember the movie Urban Cowboy, and the mechanical bulls that were everywhere for a time? Did you ever wonder how native Texans felt about this? At a time when seemingly everyone in the United States wanted to pretend they were from Texas, Lyle Lovett wrote this song. Lovett dealt with the whole situation with good natured humor, and he also included, in the second verse, a heartfelt tribute to Uncle Walt’s Band. The music is Lovett’s take on one of Texas’ great contributions to American culture, western swing. I can hear in my head a high pitched “aww haww” from Bob Wills as I listen to this.

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