I like your twisted point of view, Mike
I like your questioning eyebrows
You've made it pretty clear what you like
It's only fair to tell you now
I see that kiss-me pucker forming
But maybe you should plug it with a beer, because

Papa was a rodeo
Mama was a rock'n'roll band
I could play guitar and rope a steer
Before I learned to stand
Home was anywhere with diesel gas
Love was a trucker's hand
Never stuck around long enough
For a one night stand
Before you kiss me you should know
Papa was a rodeo

The light reflecting off the mirror ball
Looks like a thousand swirling eyes
They make me think I shouldn't be here at all
You know, every minute someone dies

What are we doing in this dive bar?
How can you live in a place like this?
Why don't you just get into my car
And I'll take you away, I'll take that kiss now, but

(Boy) Papa was a rodeo . . .

And now it's 55 years later
We've had the romance of the century
After all these years wrestling gators
I still feel like crying when I think of what you said to me

Papa was a rodeo . . .

Before you kiss me you should know
Papa was a rodeo
What a coincidence, your Papa was a rodeo too

Lyrics submitted by jethrothekid, edited by Mellow_Harsher

Papa Was a Rodeo (The Magnetic Fields cover) song meanings
Add your thoughts

1 Comment

sort form View by:
  • 0
    General CommentSuch a good cover, love the magnetic fields!
    The guitar in this song is really good too, as are the drums.

    And I love the double entendre on the line
    "love was a truckers hand"
    meaning truck stop hand jobs, or of course just a handshake or kindness from a fellow trucker on the road.

    (before you whine...magnetic fields are known for their homosexually ambivalent lines)
    jamesbeedie1on May 13, 2009   Link

Add your thoughts

Log in now to tell us what you think this song means.

Don’t have an account? Create an account with SongMeanings to post comments, submit lyrics, and more. It’s super easy, we promise!

Back to top