By Julie Bolcer
Originally published on Advocate.com March 29 2010 9:10 AM ET
Sisters Martie Maguire and Emily Robison, two mainstay members of the Dixie Chicks trio, formed a side project called Court Yard Hounds, which has made a new song about a young man coming out to his angry, judgmental father.
The track, “Ain’t No Son,” appears on the Court Yard Hounds’ self-titled debut album to be released in May.
CMT spoke with Robinson about the song last month.
“On the opposite end of the relaxation scale is the angry ‘Ain't No Son,’” reported CMT. “This song's bluegrassy intro is from the point of view of a disenfranchised young man. The rest of the song, as it shifts into rocker mode, describes the narrow viewpoint of his angry father. The lyrics aren't specific about the exact points of family contention, but Robison had a story in mind.
“‘I turned the TV on, and it was A&E or one of those documentary kind of shows about these poor teenage kids who are devastated that their parents won't let 'em stay in the house because they found out they were gay,’ she explains. ‘The lines, 'You ain't no son to me/Eight pound baby boy I bounced on my knee' were around from the very beginning. That idea, how can you have kids and love them so much and one day decide not to — it just boggled my mind.’”