Lonesome Cowboy Bill
Rides the rodeo.
Lonesome Cowboy Bill,
You got to see him yodel "Ay-hee-ho!"

Lonesome Cowboy Bill
Rides the rodeo.
Ever since he was a little lad,
Loves the rodeo.
Bucking broncs, yeah, sipping wine,
You got to see him go,
And all the ten-gallon girls
Love to hear him yodel "Ay-hee-ho!"

Because
Lonesome Cowboy Bill
Rides the rodeo.
Lonesome Cowboy Bill,
You got to see him yodel "Ay-hee-ho!"

Oh, Lonesome Cowboy Bill,
You still ride the rodeo.
Up 'round the Colorado shore,
Down by the Ohio.
Sometimes even New Orleans,
Down by the Mardi Gras,
And all the ten-gallon girls
Love to hear him yodel "Ay-hee-ho!"

He's Lonesome Cowboy Bill,
He rides the rodeo.
Just a Lonesome Cowboy Bill,
You got to see him yodel "Ay-hee-ho!"

You got to see him in the rodeo
When he's ridin', goin' too darn fast.
You got to hear the people
Scream and shout

They call him,
Lonesome Cowboy Bill
He's a
Lonesome Cowboy Bill

He goes...
Lonesome Cowboy Bill
Rides the rodeo.
Lonesome Cowboy Bill,
You got to see him yodel "Ay-hee-ho!"

I said,
You got to see him yodel "Ay-hee-ho!"
Oh he's a Lonesome Cowboy Bill,
Lonesome Cowboy Bill


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Lonesome Cowboy Bill Lyrics as written by Lou Reed

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    burroughs

    mrs-mojo-risinon May 01, 2005   Link
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    i hear or read somewhere that it's practically the theme for a movie andy warhol did about gay cowboys.

    vulvaloveon December 18, 2005   Link
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    I always think of "Lonesome Cowboys" when I hear this song. Whether or not that's what the song is about, I'm not sure, but I first heard it after reading POPism, and the connection came as soon as I heard the first "Lonesome Cowboy Bill."

    xdarkentrieson March 24, 2006   Link
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    The song was written with the Warhol film of the same name in mind but Reed didn't finish it until after the movie was released. One of my favourites from Loaded.

    John_Caleon October 09, 2006   Link
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    The old Cowboy Rock'n; Roll genre.... along with "Sly Stone's Spaced Cowboy", and The Mothers of Invention's "Lonesome Cowboy Bert"........

    MamboManon April 18, 2012   Link

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