"Space Cowboy" as written by and Jason / Kay....
I told you 'bout living in the U.S. of A.
Don't you know that I'm a gangster of love
Let me tell you people that I found a new way
And I'm tired of all this talk about love
And the same old story with a new set of words
About the good and the bad and the poor
And the times keep on changin'
So I'm keepin' on top
Of every fat cat who walks through my door

I'm a space cowboy
Bet you weren't ready for that
I'm a space cowboy
I'm sure you know where it's at
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

I was born on this rock
And I've been travelin' through space
Since the moment I first realized
What all you fast talkin' cats would do if you could
You know, I'm ready for the final surprise
There ain't no way around it
Ain't nothing to say
That's gonna satisfy my soul deep inside
All the prayers and surveyors
Keep the whole place uptight
While it keeps on gettin' darker outside

I'm a space cowboy
Bet you weren't ready for that
I'm a space cowboy
I'm sure you know where it's at
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

I see the show downs, slow downs, lost and found, turn arounds
The boys in the military shirts
I keep my eyes on the prize, on the long fallen skies
And I don't let my friends get hurt
All you back room schemers, small trip dreamers
Better find something new to say
Cause you're the same old story
It's the same old crime
And you got some heavy dues to pay

I'm a space cowboy
Bet you weren't ready for that
I'm a space cowboy
I'm sure you know where it's at
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah


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"Space Cowboy" as written by Ben Sidran Steve Miller

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    General CommentOf Course he has. And he's got a song called "Gangster of Love" as well. 20 seconds of netsearch would've shown. "The Joker" refers directly to both.
    bartelon May 05, 2004   Link
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    General CommentOf course he has. And he's got a song called "Gangster of Love" as well. "The Joker" refers to both of them.
    bartelon May 05, 2004   Link
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    General Comment"Space Cowboy" is from Miller's "Brave New World" album (1969) yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah. For accurate information on all things Steve Miller-related, check gangster-of-love.com
    Grampson May 26, 2004   Link
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    General Commentfireforge you're an idiot this is one of Steve's earlier songs before he hit it big.
    kfe2on February 03, 2006   Link
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    General CommentHere's my question. Where can I find this song? I heard this on internet radio and I really dig it, but fools like individualgurl and fireforge have made it so that upon searching for space cowboy, all I get are results for the joker (which a lot of people stupidly refer to as space cowboy) So for all the folks who love steve miller, someone please tell me where I can find this song. And don't tell me to find the album and get it that way cuz no, that's not working either. Everyone and their mother thinks that space cowboy is the joker. Someone please help.
    marxmon186on November 07, 2008   Link
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    General CommentIf you guys don't believe it, go and buy "Steve Miller Band: Extended Versions".
    TaylorMorrisonon June 18, 2009   Link
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    Song MeaningThe first line is common for Miller. He is referencing his song "Living in the U.S.A." from his previous album Sailor. That is similar to how he references this song in his later song "The Joker" on the album of the same name.

    In the same manner, he then references his song "Gangster of Love", also off Sailor. However, this was not completely Miller's song. It is obviously a rendition of Johnny Winter's version of the song, originally written by Johnny Watson. Miller has been accused of "stealing" blues music, but many musicians cover songs by other musicians.

    It is well documented that the Beatles' Paul McCartney collaborated on the album that contained this song. At a point when the Beatles were recording a plethora of "All You Need is Love" songs, Miller states that he is tired of all this talk about love. He then takes a dig at the popular "help the poor" music of the time with a reference to The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly that was very popular the year before this song was written.

    Finally, a dig at Dylan with a reference to the times changing (his song, "The Times They Are a-Changin'" was popular two years before this song was written).

    The rest of this song references Miller's experiences at the time. He hadn't hit it big yet. People did notice him though (Paul McCartney volunteered to play on his album). It is certain that there were "fat cats" coming in and trying to cut deals, which he obviously wasn't fond of.

    Miller also expresses his views of religion in general (at the time, there were many "new-age" religions gaining in popularity). He states that they keep praying, but the world keeps getting darker.

    His reference to military conflicts both in Vietnam and against citizens in the United States is very weak with just a mention of men in military shirts. He doesn't take a stance of good or bad, just a note that he will protect his friends.

    As for the "Space Cowboy", at this point in time, there was a space race. Mass media was filled with images of space slowly replacing the old westerns. Space Cowboy simply merges the two, and probably made the song more popular than if he used Astronaut Cowboy.
    kainawon October 22, 2013   Link
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    General Commentk, these are not the real lyrics guys, get with it
    individualgurlon July 18, 2002   Link
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    General CommentMiller doesn't have a song called Space Cowboy, sorry to say. The one your looking for is "The Joker". Kick ass song by the way. I have no idea what this is.
    Fireforge00on May 05, 2004   Link

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