Witty Songs

ŠTed Schaar 2011

21.  "Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy)."


The final song was written and recorded by Big & Rich in 2004.  I heard it performed by a local band at the Wisconsin State Fair several years ago and immediately liked the catchy refrain. 

Clearly, Big & Rich are animal lovers, and I'm right there with them.

Acoustic guitars, a banjo, and a fiddle give the tune a country tinge even though the distorted electric guitars and big beat are pure rock.   A slow interlude after a Cream-style bridge improbably includes a banjo-picked nod to "Secret Agent Man," first recorded by Johnny Rivers in 1966 and used as title music for the television show of the same name, which was a repackaged British show called Danger Man starring Patrick McGoohan.

McGoohan was viewed as having made enough money for his sponsors to get free reign for a new program called The Prisoner that debuted in the UK in 1967 and the US in 1968.   It's the strangest and artiest TV series ever made but lasted just one season.

"Save a Horse..." is all about the boozy life of honky-tonks and men and women on the make--a mainstream celebration of legal highs and spur-of-the-moment romances and a long way from the outlaw country of the 70s. 

These guys are happy driving Chevrolets and avoiding the "freak parade," or so they claim, even though the video for the song is staged as a parade featuring a marching band, majorettes, and a drum major; cheerleaders; farmers; bespectacled babes in business suits; a midget; secret service agents; and a variety of other boogieing participants.   No freaks though.

It has to be among the more interesting and entertaining videos produced in support of a pop song.  (Visit YouTube [Big & Rich] for the song).

Lyrics

Well, I walk into the room passing out hundred dollar bills
And it kills and it thrills like the horns on my Silverado grill
And I buy the bar a double round of crown and everybody's getting down
An' this town hain't never gonna be the same

Cause I saddle up my horse and I ride into the city
I make a lot of noise cause the girls they are so pretty
Riding up and down Broadway on my old stud Leroy
And the girls say, save a horse, ride a cowboy
Everybody says, save a horse, ride a cowboy

Well, I don't give a dang about nothing, I'm singing and bling-blanging
While the girls are drinking long necks down
And I wouldn't trade ol' Leroy or my Chevrolet for your Escalade
Or your freak parade I'm the only John Wayne left in this town

And I saddle up my horse and I ride into the city
I make a lot of noise cause the girls they are so pretty
Riding up and down Broadway on my old stud Leroy
And the girls say, save a horse, ride a cowboy
Everybody says, save a horse, ride a cowboy

I'm a thorough-bred, that's what she said in the back of my truck bed
As I was gettin' buzzed on suds out on some back country road
We were flying, high fining, wine, having ourselves a big and rich time
And I was going, just about as far as she'd let me go
But her evaluation of my cowboy reputation
Had me begging for salvation all night long
So I took her out giggin’ frogs, introduced her to my old bird dog
And sang her every Willie Nelson song I could think of and we made love

And I saddle up my horse and I ride into the city
I make a lot of noise cause the girls, they are so pretty
Riding up and down Broadway on my old stud Leroy
And the girls say, save a horse, ride a cowboy
Everybody says, save a horse, ride a cowboy

What? What?
Save a horse ride a cowboy
Everybody says
Save a horse ride a cowboy


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