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Momma's Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be "Guitar Players" - 11/18/13

  When country legend Waylon Jennings passed away in 2002, I wrote a story about his life and career as one of the most significant figures in the country outlaw movement.  I interviewed fellow country singer Ed Bruce for the piece.  Bruce was a friend of Waylon's and was one of the writers of Jenning's smash hit "Momma's Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys."

  That legendary song was really what led to request an interview with Mr. Bruce who was living outside Centerville in Hickman County at that time.  When I asked Bruce about being a co-writer on the song, he bristled and told me while his ex-wife Patsy shared credit as a songwriter, that tune was his.  I could tell I had touched a nerve, certainly without intending to.

  Monday, I had lunch with Patsy Bruce and a handful of other people to talk about the state's "Season To Remember" event on December 5-th at First Baptist Church downtown.  It's a great event that remembers the victims of violent crime and their families who are dealing with the pain of loss at a time so many other families are reconnecting.  I didn't immediately connect the dots that Patsy was "the" Patsy Bruce.  When I did, "Momma's" immediately came to mind.

  After we had talked for awhile, I decided I had to ask about the song.  Ed Bruce's feeling about sharing writing credits was hardly a surprise.  Patsy Bruce shared the story behind that great tune from her perspective.  She told me the original line was "momma's don't let your babies row up to be guitar players"  Patsy says she told Ed it wasn't commercial enough and that "Cowboys" was the perfect fit.  And Patsy Bruce says the second verse is all her.  She suggested I give it a fresh listen and see if I could detect a change in perspective.  Patsy says Waylon and Willie knew the truth.  Waylon is gone of course but if I ever get a chance to speak to Willie I plan to ask.

  Suffice it to say, I have been treated to two sides of the story behind one of the most recoginizable songs in country music history.  Most days I just love my job and this is another one of those days.  Only in Nashville.  

 

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- If you're planning to knock over a bank, it's probably best not to knock down a few first. That's what a man in Tallahassee has found out the hard way. Authorities say an intoxicated Stanley Geddie walked into the Capital City Bank and demanded $100,000 from a manager -- claiming he had a handgun and plastic explosives. When police arrived, they found the man "very intoxicated and spaced out" in the manager's office. They also found a cab driver who said he brought Geddie to the bank -- and complained he got stiffed on his $25.50 fare. At least the would-be robber decided not to drive to the bank heist. The Tallahassee Democrat reports Geddie is charged with robbery, petty theft and resisting an officer. He's also being held on two probation violations.

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UNDATED (AP) -- Spring training -- a time for baseball teams and their fans to be optimistic. But the Houston Astros are balking over a planned promotion by one of its minor league affiliates. The Fresno Grizzlies of the Triple-A Pacific Coast League feel so confident the 'Stros will win a title soon, they planned to hand out replica 2017 World Series rings as a promotional giveaway this summer. But once the big league club heard about the pitch, they asked the Triple-A team to bench it. Grizzlies officials say they don't want any issues with its parent club.

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CLEVELAND (AP) -- You've heard about the occasional rogue police officer. But a rogue police horse? A spokesman for the Cleveland police department says a horse with the department's mounted unit was tied up at a cemetery -- but got loose and started roaming the downtown area. Police finally caught up with Jack and got him back where he belonged. Police say there were no reports of injuries or property damage. Officers say Jack stayed on the street during his escape -- but didn't stop at red lights.

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SEATTLE (AP) -- You've probably heard the phrase: "getting someone's goat." In this case, police in Seattle got someone's goat -- times 10. A herd of 10 goats got free from a yard in the Beacon Hill neighborhood -- and began chasing a group of children. That led police on a chase of their own -- after the creatures. The police website says officers were able to wrangle the goats into a pen. Animal control officers were called to reach the goats' owner.

 
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