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Chris Ledoux – This Cowboy's Hat lyrics

(Spoken) Well there's always been groups of people that could never see eye to eye... An' I always thought if they'd get the chance to sit down and talk face to face they might realize they got a lot in common.....

Well I was sittin' in a coffee shop, just havin' a cup to pass the time.
Swappin' rodeo stories with this ole cowboy friend of mine.
When some motor-cycle riders started snickerin' in the back
Started pokin' fun at my friend's hat.
One ole boy said hey Tex, where'd you park your horse.
My friend just pulled his hat down low, but they couldn't be ingnored.
One husky fellow 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't the western sky
Rope an ole blue norther and milk it till it's dry
Bull dawg the Mississippi, pin it's ears down flat...
Long before you take this cowboy's hat....
Now partner, this ole hat is 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 ole hatband,
But back in 69 he died in Viet_nam
Now the eagle feather was given to me by an indian friend of mine
But someone ran him down somewheres round 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.
You'll ride a black tornado, cross't the western sky
Rope an ole blue norther and Milk it till it's dry
Bull dawg the Mississippi pin it's ears down flat...
Long before you take this cowboy's hat
Now if your leather jacket means to you what this hat means to me
Then I guess we understand each other, and we'll just let it be.
But if you still think it's funny, man, you got my back up against the wall.
And 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,
And he turned back t'wards the others and they all just sorta shuffled on outside
But when my friend turned back t'wards me, I noticed his old hat brim
Well it was turned up.. In a big ole texas grin
You'll ride a black tornado cross't the western skies
Rope an ole blue norther, milk it till it's dry
Bull dawg the Mississippi, pin it's ears down flat
Long before you take this cowboy's hat.

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    It means, there are more things involved in a cowboy, than his boots and horse. Being acowboy, is not just an occupation. It is engrained in your soul, and is part of your very being. His hat was part of his life, and had been touched by various important people in it. His father, his indian friend, his cousin, and his lost love. His hat is as much his life, as he is. And he would protect his hat (and his memories, and feelings) with every fiber of his soul, as it was part of him. He also makes reference to how his friends would also stand behind him, but not just for his hat, but what it signifies, and what it symbolises. And. Theres a little texas pride in there too.
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    Life makes you who you are. People you choose to have has friends. Hearts you've broken; or who have broken yours. Family who gave you values that you hold dear and true. Everyone has them. God help the man that tries to take them away. It's a simple understanding that everyone has the same experiences and that is what shapes them. Hold true to who you are and understand that everyone else will do the same.
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    This song rings true in every sense. I myself have a hat I'm particularly fond of. Worn it everyday of my life as long as I can remember. It is a part if me. It's seen things and been places that no other hat could replace. And I know how the fella felt when they started pokin fun at him. I've been there before but in the end, once people hear you out, they realize youэre the same as them.
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    People don't lilke to talk to other people and get to know them. Like he says if you actually talk to them you might relize you got somthing in common with them. These days people always stareotype peole alot. Its like people look at the worst part in a person when they don't talk to them. This might be confusing to understand but yiou have to read this a couple of time to get it. :)
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    It's not about who you are inside, it's about how you look. It's what you are outside, not who you are inside. Too many people are superficial and judge on the surface, often negatively unfortunately. Like the song says, "understand each other" and the only way that's gonna happen is to get to know somebody. Get past the what outside and get to the who inside; but it takes effort and some are lazy and don't care.
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