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Well I was sitting in a coffee shop
just having a cup to pass the time
swappin' rodeo stories with this old cowboy friend of mine
When some motorcycle riders starting snickering in the back
Started poking fun at my friends hat.

One ole boy said "Hey Tex where you'd park your horse?"
My friend just pulled his hat down low but they couldn't be ignored.
One husky fella said, " I think I'll rip that hat right off your head."
That's when my friend turned around and this is what he said,

You'll ride a black tornado 'cross the Western sky
Rope an ole blue northern and milk it 'til it's dry
Bull dog the Mississippi pin its ears down flat
Long before you take this cowboys hat.

Now partner this ole hat's better left alone
See it used to be my daddy's but last year he passed on
My nephew skinned the rattler that makes up this hat band
But back in '69 he died in Vietnam

Now the eagle feather was given to me by an Indian friend of mine
Someone ran him down somewhere around that Arizona line
And a real special lady gave me this hat pin
But I don't know if I'll ever see her again.

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Now partner if your leather jacket means to you what this hat means to
me, I guess we understand each other and we'll just let it be,
But if you still think its funny, Man you got my back up against the wall
But if you touch my hat your gonna have to fight us all.

Well right then I caught a little sadness in that gang leaders eyes
He turned back to his buddies and they all just kinda shuffled on outside
But when my friend turned back towards me I noticed his old hat brim
Well it was turned up in a big ole Texas grin!

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