"Cowboy Song" as written by Brian Michael Downey and Philip Parris Lynott....
I am just a cowboy, lonesome in the trail.
Starry night, campfire light, and the coyote calls where the howlin' winds will.
So I ride out to the ol' sundown. I am just a cowboy, lonesome on the trail.
Lord I'm just thinking about a certain female.
And the nights we spent together, riding on the range.
Looking back, it doesn't seem so strange.

Roll me over and turn me around. Let me keep spinning 'til I hit the ground.
Roll me over and let me go, riding in the rodeo.

I was took in Texas, I did not know her name.
But Lord all these southern girls, they seem the same.
But down below the border, in a town in Mexico,
I got my job busting broncs for the rodeo.

Roll me over ans turn me around, let me keep spinnin till I hit the ground.
Roll me over and let me go, running free with the buffalo.

Roll me over, and I'll turn around.
And I'll move my fingers up and down.
Up and down.

It's ok amigo, just let me go.
Riding in the rodeo.

Roll me over and turn me around, let me keep spinning till I hit the ground.
Roll me over and let me go, riding in the rodeo.
Roll me over and set me free, the cowboy's life is the life for me.

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"Cowboy Song" as written by Philip Parris Lynott Brian Michael Downey

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  • +1
    General CommentThis is possibly my fav thin lizzy song. Listen to the version on live and dangerous (the best album EVAAAAR)
    Its amazing.
    barneydon December 11, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commentone of my favourites too, a band i was in used to cover this/boys are back in town, like on live n dangerous, it was well fun to play.
    and you know he's irish because on live n dangerous at one point he says something like "any girls in the audience got any irish in em?....would you like a little more?"
    NeverDougon January 03, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHe's from england, yet he writes pretty damn well about the Wild Wild West
    Rapala46on January 16, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is amazing what an amazing gutair solo...Wow should be well more comments on this
    abbymon January 25, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentRapala you goof ball...Phil Lynott was from IRELAND!
    MoonlitKnighton January 31, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentActually Phil Lynott was born in Birmingham, but then moved to Ireland when he was very young
    guitar-rockeron March 09, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentLynott had a bit of an obsession with 'The dusty Romance' of the Wild West

    This song is about that kind of business
    Burtoniteon April 24, 2006   Link
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    General Commentyeah hes form birmingham and then moved to ireland. On live and dangerous it is amazing espc the way it ends and then breaks into the boys are back and town (you gotta hear it) one of my fav thin lizzy tracks
    MadMaccaon June 15, 2006   Link
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    General CommentMy friends used to laugh at me for liking this song. I still think it's one of the greatest songs ever recorded. I don't even think the west or cowboys are cool, this song is just that good, it makes me look past the obvious ridiculousness of a half-black brit singing about cowboys and riding bulls and all that.

    I think the meaning of this song is pretty clear: Phil Lynot wants to be a cowboy. Yes, the lyrics are a little silly, but when that second guitar solo comes in, I crap my pants every time.
    smackdorkon October 12, 2006   Link
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    General CommentPhil Lynott may have been born in Birmingham put that doesn't mean he was English. He said so himself he considered himself Irish in every way. Phil Lynott is IRELAND and thats that. By the way unreal song tha live and dangerous version is one the greatest songs of all time('',)
    Buckson April 26, 2007   Link

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