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Young Man, Older Woman: Top Ten Cougar Anthems

Congratulations to Houston folksinger Glenna Bell. Her "The Cougar Anthem," from this year's Perfectly Legal: Songs of Sex, Love and Murder, was singled out Tuesday alongside Aaron Neville, Keith Richards, Norah Jones and Paul McCartney & Wings in USA Today's weekly "The Playlist" feature.

In the song, which is streaming on Bell's Web site, she makes no bones about why a certain young man has caught her eye: "He's 19 years old and hot." He's also carless and broke; not a dealbreaker, she explains, because "I've got my own money and I've got my own car." His lack of ex-wives is also a plus.

And so "The Cougar Anthem" joins an artistic tradition examining the allure of young men and older women - and often the problems created by their mutual attraction - that dates back to the days of Sophocles. As you might expect, the subject has come up once or twice in pop music before Bell got her, well, paws on it.

Just in case you're wondering if Rocks Off has ever enjoyed the company of an older woman, all we can say is sorry. We'll never tell.

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Chris Gray has been Music Editor for the Houston Press since 2008. He is the proud father of a Beatles-loving toddler named Oliver.
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