I’m an Old Cowhand

June 17, 2009 at 9:52 am Leave a comment

A silly “spoof” of a cowboy song, written for the 1936 movie “Rhythm on the Range,” in which it was sung by Bing Crosby.  It has since been recorded by numerous singers and musicians, including Roy Rogers, Frank Sinatra and Harry Connick, Jr.   The words and music were written by Johnny Mercer.

I’m an old cowhand from the Rio Grande
But my legs ain’t bowed and my cheeks ain’t tanned
I’m a cowboy who never saw a cow
Never roped a steer ’cause I don’t know how
And I sure ain’t fixin’ to start in now
Yippee-yi-o-ki-yay, yippee-yi-o-ki-yay

I’m an old cowhand from the Rio Grande
And I learned to ride ‘fore I learned to stand
I’m a ridin’ fool who is up to date
I know every trail in the Lone Star State
‘Cause I ride the range in my old V8
Yippee-yi-o-ki-yay, yippee-yi-o-ki-yay

I’m an old cowhand from the Rio Grande
And I came to town just to hear the band
I know all the songs that the cowboys know
‘Bout the big corral where the doggies go
‘Cause I learned them all on the radio
Yippee-yi-o-ki-yay, yippee-yi-o-ki-yay

I’m an old cowhand from the Rio Grande
Where the west is wild ’round the borderland
Where the buffalo roam around the zoo
And the Injuns run up a rug or two
And the old Bar X is just a barbecue
Yippee-yi-o-ki-yay, yippee-yi-o-ki-yay

For a fun rendition of this Bing Crosby hit, here’s a great old skit from “The Lawrence Welk Show”:

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Entry filed under: Cowboy Songs, Kid Songs, Silly Songs.

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