Darn you, Mr. K!


We didn't get to be first, but HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MR. WILLS!


Here's a song I wrote on a plane between Dallas and Austin
goin to El Paso
Now this is what gave us the idea to come down here,
this is a song about a guy that probably did as much for
our kind of music as anybody.

Well the Honky Tonks in Texas were my natural second home
the way you tip your hat to the ladies in the rose of San Antone
I grew up on music that we call western swing
it don't matter whose in Austin, Bob Wills is still the King

Lawd, I can still remember the way things were back then
in spite of all the hard times i'd live it all again
to hear the Texas Playboys and Tommy Duncan sing
makes me proud to be from Texas where Bob Wills is still the King

You can hear the Grand Ol Opry in Nashville Tennessee
its the home of country music on that we all agree
but when you cross that ol Red River hoss,
that just don't mean a thing
once youre down in Texas, Bob Wills is still the King

If you aint never been there, then I guess you aint been told
that you just can't live in Texas unless you got alot of soul
its the home of Willie Nelson, the home of western swing
he'll be the first to tell you, Bob Wills is still the King.

-----Waylon Jennings

And then, from Bob Wills himself, and since we live right outside Cowtown, here are the lyrics to Big Ball's in Cowtown. Please feel free to sing and dance along:

Aagghh! Let the ladies split out wide
Grab your pardner - go hog wild.
Aagghh! Now, now, now;

Big Ball's in Cowtown
We'll all go down
Big Ball's in Cowtown
We'll dance a round.

Workin' on the railroad
Sleepin' on the ground
Eatin' saltine crackers
Ten cents a pound.


Put on your new shoes
Put on your gown
Take off them sack clothes
The Big Ball's in town.


I'll stay in cowtown
I'll stick around
Bolt up your window
The Big Ball's in town.

Honey, if you ain't ever done some boot-scootin' with your sweetie to some Bob Wills music, then you ain't LIVED!!!

And right here is a link to a website about Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys. Enjoy, my friends......



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