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I grew up a-dreamin' of bein' a cowboy,
And Lovin' the cowboy ways.
Pursuin' the life of my high-ridin' heroes,
I burned up my childhood days.
I learned of all the rules of the modern-day drifter,
Don't you hold on to nothin' too long.
Just take what you need from the ladies, then leave them,
With the words of a sad country song.
My heroes have always been cowboys.
And they still are, it seems.
Sadly, in search of, but one step in back of,
Themselves and their slow-movin' dreams.

Cowboys are special with their own brand of misery,
From being alone too long.
You could die from the cold in the arms of a nightman,
Knowin' well that your best days are gone.
Pickin' up hookers instead of my pen,
I let the words of my years fade away.
Old worn-out saddles, and 'old worn-out memories,
With no one and no place to stay.

My heroes have always been cowboys.
And they still are, it seems.
Sadly, in search of, but one step in back of,
Themselves and their slow-movin' dreams.

Sadly, in search of, but one step in back of,
Themselves and their slow-movin' dreams.



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    UnregisteredAug 15, 2012 at 4:37 pm
    I believe every man reaches a point in his life, whether banker or dish washer, that he feels impeled to look back and wonder if he would have been happier "livin' the cowboy way"
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    UnregisteredMar 16, 2012 at 8:38 pm
    "sadly, in search of, but one step in back of, themselves and their slow moving dreams". Still looking for that lost cowboy in every mans heart.
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    UnregisteredFeb 18, 2012 at 6:35 am
    I think this song is really about the same kind of cowboys that "mommas, don't let your babies grow up to be cowboys" is--that is, truck drivers and guitar pickers--a key line is " pickin' up hookers instead of my pen i let the words of my youth slip away. " another is "i learned all the rules of the modern day drifter, don'tcha hold onto nothin' too long, but take what you need from the girls of the evening, with the words of a sad country song. "
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    UnregisteredJun 18, 2012 at 8:02 pm
    If it weren't for cowboys (and other men exactly like them), even the kind of which willie sings, america wouldn't have a 'west'. We'd still be languaising in the 'east'!
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    UnregisteredFeb 13, 2012 at 1:54 am
    Yes but this particular cowboy song talks about the hardships they had to face. Unlike a lot of other cowboy songs and movies this one isnt just sleeping under the stars and riding into the sunset. In this one, a song of regret.

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