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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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    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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    UnregisteredApr 27, 2012 at 2:22 am
    This is a kid's eye view of a cowboy, perhaps nurtured by movies and such. But the kid never matures into a man; sidetracked by booze perhaps. So he adopts the look of an old cowboy and a life of worn out surroundings. You will see these guys in the "slums" of salt lake and billings and nashville. Perhaps they worked on a farm or helped make hay at small ranches, but they never became big-herd cowboys.

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