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Billy Ray Cyrus Image Credit: Charlotte Parent
Billy Ray Cyrus Image Credit: Charlotte Parent

Don't Refrain From Singing The Refrain

“I’m gonna take my horse to the old town road; I’m gonna ride ‘til I can’t no more.”

Derek James

Of course you know it. It’s the intensely popular, insanely overplayed and grammatically incorrect song, “Old Town Road,” by Lil Nas X, featuring Billy Ray Cyrus. If you are a parent, you can “name that tune” in one note because it’s arguably the biggest song craze of the year. It had a 19-week run at the No. 1 spot in the country. A little more than two months removed from the top spot in the country, it’s still No. 1 to my 8- and 11-year-old sons.

“Shake your body, turn it out if you can, man; Front to the back, to the side if you can, can; Everybody in the house do the Bartman.”

Whoa, mama! Rewind 28 years and the popular, insanely overplayed and grammatically passable song that I couldn’t stop listening to was “Do the Bartman,” by Bart Simpson. It was 1991 and I was 12 years old. “The Simpsons” was my life as a kid. I had posters, figures and even an “I’m Bart Simpson. Who the Hell are You?” T-shirt. I still don’t know how that one got past my mom. I do remember wearing it to school and my mom getting called to “bring me a shirt more appropriate for school.”

No matter when or where you grew up, odds are there was an incredibly cheesy song of which you were a massive fan. Odds are, too, that your parents probably didn’t understand your affinity. At least, they didn’t admit they may have liked the


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