Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys (Video and Lyrics)

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Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson took "Mammas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys" to the top!

“Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys” was written by Ed and Patsy Bruce and originally appeared on Ed’s 1976 self-titled album. Country outlaw icons Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson covered the tune on their 1978 duet album Waylon & Willie. Their version peaked at No. 1 on the country music charts starting March 4, 1978 and stayed at #1 four weeks.  This song also won the 1979 Grammy Award for ‘Best Country Performance by a Duo/Group.’

This music video became one of the most popular of Waylon’s career with over 17 million views as of March of 2022.  Enjoy Waylon’s live performance of the classic song below!

Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow up to Be Cowboys Audio Video

Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys Lyrics

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 levis
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
‘Cause 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
‘Cause they’ll never stay home and they’re always alone
Even with someone they love

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