"I Can Still Make Cheyenne" as written by and Erv Woolsey Aaron Barker....
Her telephone rang 'bout a quarter to nine
She heard his voice on the other end of the line
She wondered what was wrong this time
She never knew what his calls might bring
With a cowboy like him, it could be anything
And she always expected the worst
In the back of her mind

He said, it's cold out here and I'm all alone
Didn't make the short go again and I'm coming home
I know I've been away too long
I never got a chance to write or call
And I know this rodeo has been hard on us all
But I'll be home soon
And honey is there somethin' wrong

She said, don't bother comin' home
By time you get here I'll be long gone
There's somebody new and he sure ain't no rodeo man
He said, I'm sorry it's come down to this
There's so much about you that I'm gonna miss
But it's alright baby
If I hurry I can still make Cheyenne
Gotta go now baby
If I hurry I can still make Cheyenne

He left that phone danglin' off the hook
Then slowly turned around and gave it one last look
Then he just walked away
He aimed his truck toward that Wyoming line
With a little luck he could still get there in time
And in that Cheyenne wind he could still hear her say

She said, don't bother comin' home
By time you get here I'll be long gone
There's somebody new and he sure ain't no rodeo man
He said, I'm sorry it's come down to this
There's so much about you that I'm gonna miss
But it's alright baby
If I hurry I can still make Cheyenne
Gotta go now baby
If I hurry I can still make Cheyenne

She never knew what his calls might bring
With a cowboy like him, it could be anything
And she always expected the worst
In the back of her mind


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"I Can Still Make Cheyenne" as written by Ervine Woolsey Aaron Gayle Barker

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    General Commentit's good to see all the interpretations of this song... i always thought the rodeo man believed and hoped the woman would be there, still waiting for him after his 'rodeo days' were over. kinda like he knew she loved him enough to know he needed to do that for himself. but he only contacted her when he was down and out of luck, so she regretfully moved on. when he finally contacted her with hopes of picking up where they left off, he found that she moved on because she thought he moved on. so when he realized that, instead of telling her everything he felt and the love he had for her, he acted like he moved on, too, and pretended that the rodeo was what he lived for once again. the cowboy was too hurt to think he deserved happiness, once again. if only he told her how he felt... if only she told him she was still hanging on...
    ayg09on May 25, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI can't believe nobody has posted on this song! This is one of my favorite George Strait songs. It is exactly how a cowboy's mind works. His job is rodeo, if he has nothing to go home to, he may as well hit another rodeo to make some more money.
    ssocotyon June 30, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis has been one of my favorites also. I always imagined that the new man was a baby. She didn't want him to feel obligated to come home and leave the rodeo. She also didn't want the baby (a boy) to become a rodeo man. Just my interpretation.
    swimminstar06on July 06, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI rodeo'd for a long time and this is dead on as far as how most of the cowboys would react - kind of relieved - now lets get on with the rodeo - lol
    BoyBlueon December 11, 2005   Link
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    General CommentSad song, but amazing...
    Dan54321on November 04, 2007   Link
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    General CommentOne of the greatest country songs of all time!

    This is a man caught between two worlds. A world of 'rodeo' and a world society tells him he needs to be a part of; family, home, wife and kids.

    Ultimately he cannot control that which consumes his life. He probably grew up like this. Listening to Garth Brooks, watching Lane Frost at Cheyenne Frontier Days and getting a new pair of spurs for his 16th birthday.

    I can imagine a giant clear South Dakota sky. It's nearing fall and a chill is coming in from the north. The corn is almost ready to harvest. Standing outside a diner in a public telephone booth just as the sun is going down our Cowboy makes his phone call.

    He is hurt for a second but he expected it from her. This is not the first time he has heard this. In a few minutes he will be back in his truck headed to a place he knows to play a game he can never seem to get enough of or win.

    Either way he has lost because this life will always consume him. But its ok if he goes now he can still make Cheyenne.
    packman1977on November 25, 2007   Link
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    General CommentHe says, what the heck, if you don't support the life I lead hurry and get off the phone so I can follow the cattle trailers to the next big show. Although he leaves the phone dangle off the hook and slowly turns around and takes one last look, his heart says forget her, go ride your dream!
    wvhvc2on January 08, 2008   Link
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    General CommentWell at first, I was hoping when he said "If I hurry I can still make Cheyenne" he meant he was going to rush as fast as he can to catch her and stop her from leaving..but I knew better. I have a few rodeo friends, and knowing how they are, I knew he was gonna just go rodeo and just move on with the life he loves..
    mayjulyreignon November 03, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI love (though it's sad) how the 'civilized woman' is afraid that the cowboy might cheat on her, and the beginning of the song makes the listener also think this. Then it turns out that it was not him but her who cheated. That even though he's a rough rodeo man his love was true, while hers wasn't. That he, in his social awkwardness, quickly returns to rodeo, the only other love he has...
    Basmanon August 02, 2011   Link

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