"Rodeo" as written by and Larry Bastian....
His eyes are cold and restless
And His wounds have almost healed
And she'd give half of Texas
Just to change the way he feels
'Cause she knows his love's in Tulsa
And she knows he's gonna go
But it ain't no woman flesh and blood
It's that damned old rodeo

Well it's bulls and blood
It's dust and mud
It's the roar of a Sunday crowd
It's the white in his knuckles
The gold in his buckle
He'll win the next go 'round
It's boots and chaps
It's cowboy hats
It's spurs and latigo
It's the ropes and the reins
And the joy and the pain
And they call the thing rodeo

She does her best to hold him
When his love comes to call
But his need for it controls him
And her back's against the wall
And it's "So long girl, I'll see you."
When it's time for him to go
You know the woman wants her cowboy
Like he wants his rodeo

Well, it's bulls and blood
It's dust and mud
It's the roar of a Sunday crowd
It's the white in the knuckles
The gold in the buckle
He'll win the next go 'round
It's boots and chaps
It's cowboy hats
It's spurs and latigo
It's the ropes and the reins
And the joy and the pain
And they call the thing rodeo

It'll drive a cowboy crazy
It'll drive the man insane
And he'll sell off everything he owns
Just to pay to play her game
And a broken home and some broken bones
Is all he'll have to show
For all the years that he spent chasin'
This dream they call rodeo

Well, it's bulls and blood
It's dust and mud
It's the roar of a Sunday crowd
It's the white in them knuckles
The gold in the buckle
He'll win the next go 'round
It's boots and chaps
It's cowboy hats
It's spurs and latigo
It's the ropes and the reins
And the joy and the pain
And they call the thing rodeo
It's the broncs and the blood
It's the steers and the mud
And they call the thing rodeo


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"Rodeo" as written by Larry Bastian

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    General CommentI love this song.. its been my fave country cong for years!! garth is the best country singer ever..!
    MissBehavin1279on April 18, 2004   Link
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    Song MeaningIt shows the dark side of the rodeo lifestyle. Why didn't Larry Bastian also mention that the rodeo is animal cruelty in addition to this?
    seeingon May 19, 2014   Link
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    General Commenthow could no one have commented on this song?? its by far one of the best country songs ever written! shame on you all. :.) ~ You know a women wants her Cowboy like he wants his Rodeo~...
    Comet248on June 24, 2003   Link
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    General CommentTo me its a bout a guy that cares more about rodeos than the woman that he leaves behind at home
    MayorMenleyon February 12, 2005   Link
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    General CommentMy martial arts instructer plays this song during our Friday night muay thai drill rounds. I'm not a big country fan, but I gotta admit it's a great song to kick to.
    AlienMaybeon April 09, 2005   Link
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    General Commentyea, awesome song! My family and I are always going to PBR(professional bull riding) events, were actually going to Cheyenne, Wyoming during Cheyenne Fronteir Days , and they have this carnival with a bunch of country concerts, and rodeo events it's ssooooooooo fun!
    shyanne_13on June 19, 2007   Link
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    General Commentit is by far one of my most favorite songs, ever.

    a woman will always want her cowboy but he'll always want his rodeo more than her! until they grow up and retire from the rodeo life.
    texasbaby4735on April 14, 2008   Link
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    General Commentthis song is great. i love going to rodeo's at Fox Hollow, every saturday night, and this song is just explaining the different things about the rodeo, and what says is very true.
    CrazyExGirlfriendon January 07, 2010   Link
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    Song MeaningAnd, the children (the song doesn't say if they have children, but if they do) may hate him for not being there for them when they were growing up. Just a thought.
    seeingon May 19, 2014   Link

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