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Well, Cowboy Dan's a major player in the cowboy scene
He goes to the reservation drinks and gets mean
He's gonna start a war
He hops in his pickup puts the pedal to the floor
And says "I got mine but I want more"
Well, Cowboy Dan's a major player in the cowboy scene
He goes to the reservation drinks and gets mean
He drove the desert, fired his rifle in the sky
And says, "God if I have to die you will have to die"
Well, Cowboy Dan's a major player in the cowboy scene
He goes the the reservation drinks and gets mean
I didn't move to the city, the city moved to me
And I want out desperately
Can't do it, not even if sober
Can't get that engine turned over
Standing in the tall grass
Thinking nothing
You know we need oxygen to breath
Everytime you think you're walking you're just moving the ground
Everytime you think you're talking you're just moving your mouth
Everytime you're looking you're just looking down
Well, Cowboy Dan's a major player in the cowboy scene
He goes to the reservation drinks and gets mean
He's gonna start a war
He hops in his pickup puts the pedal to the floor
And says "I got mine but I want more"
Well, Cowboy Dan's a major player in the cowboy scene
He goes to the reservation drinks and gets mean
He drove the desert, fired his rifle in the sky
And says, "God if I have to die you will have to die"
Well, Cowboy Dan's a major player in the cowboy scene
He goes the the reservation drinks and gets mean
I didn't move to the city, the city moved to me
And I want out desperately
Can't do it, not even if sober
Can't get that engine turned over



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    UnregisteredDec 2, 2011 at 8:11 am
    Chaseleslie- i think u hit it pretty much spot on, been listening to mm sine 1989 and the song that i have always equated to cowboy dan (obviously in a different format due to being written in a different era) is 'farm on the freeway' by dire straits. If no one on this post string has heard that song and likes c. Dan def check it out! Nicklo23
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    chaseleslie99Sep 30, 2008 at 9:43 pm
    This song is basically about the West and how industrialization and urbanization is taking away the past freedoms regularly allotted to Americans. The modern American West has higher suicide rates than the rest of America combined. Because of this Western mentality combined with an urban atmosphere, "Cowboy Dan" is confined to alienating himself, firing his rifle, disobeying and discrediting god, and basically becoming an apathetic man in general. "I didn't move to the city, the city moved to me" is an incredibly deep lyric when analyzed. Cowboy Dan metaphorically represents the modern-day, apathetic, alienated Westerner looking for only inner and natural peace and freedom for happiness. Great job, mm.
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    chaseleslie99Sep 30, 2008 at 9:42 pm
    This song is basically about the West and how industrialization and urbanization is taking away the past freedoms regularly allotted to Americans. The modern American West has higher suicide rates than the rest of America combined. Because of this Western mentality combined with an urban atmosphere, "Cowboy Dan" is confined to alienating himself, firing his rifle, disobeying and discrediting god, and basically becoming an apathetic man in general. "I didn't move to the city, the city moved to me" is an incredibly deep lyric when analyzed. Cowboy Dan metaphorically represents the modern-day, apathetic, alienated Westerner looking for only inner and natural peace and freedom for happiness. Great job, mm.

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