Re-Thinking Cowboys

my DadI wrote a post at my personal blog last year with the story behind this song. You can go read it and if you like, listen to the song.

Into the Sunset

there was a time, not long ago
when a man’s word was his bond
if you shook on the deal it was signed and sealed
but those days are gone

seems these days you can’t trust anyone
to do what they said they would
the world has moved on; good old days are gone
and I’m afraid they’re gone for good

I wanna ride into the sunset
like a cowboy in the the old west
I got no use for what’s goin’ on here
and I think it’d be for the best

there was a time not long ago
when a man really owned his stuff
what he built with his hands, his home and his land
even when times were rough

seems these days it’s all just on loan
from a fellow down at the bank
but if we can’t pay and he takes it away, he says
we’ve only ourselves to thank

I wanna ride into the sunset
like a cowboy in the the old west
I got no use for what’s goin’ on here
and I think it’d be for the best

Dadthere was a time when young folks cared
to hear what an old man said
they showed concern for the lessons he’d learned
from the kind of life that he led

seems these days they don’t care what he knows
or if he’s got something to say
they couldn’t care less and I have to confess
that I’d rather just ride away

I wanna ride into the sunset
like a cowboy in the the old west
I got no use for what’s goin’ on here
and I think it’d be for the best

I got no use for what’s goin’ on here
and I think it’d be for the best

I close all my gigs with this song. Mostly because I can’t sing much after this.

4 thoughts on “Re-Thinking Cowboys

    1. Thank you, Bill. The other story I’ve never told is about how the original inspiration for the song: the guy who made a promise, got my end of the deal finished, and then whined his way back out and never did fulfill his end of the bargain.

      I decided I could either seethe, or write a song. (I was thinking about the scene in “A Knight’s Tale” where Geoff tells Simon the Summoner the he will ‘eviscerate him in print.’)

  1. Say, these are really fine lyrics, Joel. Of course I like the refrain best; but going back to your original blog post and reading that bit of history was the best part of all!… How come your uncle didn’t ride up on a horse?

    Anyway, an excellent way to end all of your gigs–nice signature!

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