"Cowboy Dan" as written by Isaac Brock, Eric Judy and Jeremiah Green....
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

Whenever you are walking you're just moving the ground
Whenever you are talking you're just moving your mouth
Where ever you look 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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"Cowboy Dan" as written by Isaac Brock Eric Judy

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    General Comment"God, if I have to die, then you will have to die"
    That's such a powerful statement. Like "my life is not yours to take away, so I'll take you out with me"
    I've always thought this song was one of Modest Mouse's darkest, but also one of their best. I think Cowboy Dan is supposed to be Native American. The drinking, the frustration, the cowboy imagery all reminds me of Native Americans, at least the ones in Arizona. Plus, the apathy towards the arrival of modern society points to the plight of the indians.
    bocmaximaon June 08, 2005   Link

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