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​All Around Cowboy of '64

This song is by Chris LeDoux and appears on the album Life as a Rodeo Man (1975).

Folks used to think that I could ride any bronc or bull alive
And maybe in my younger days I could
But now I'm slowin' down a bit, friends tell me that I should quit
And if I didn't love it so I would
I recall when folks thought I was great and all the riders used to hate
To see my name upon the entry door
'Cause I could ride and I could rope the others seemed to have no hope
Lookin' at the buckle that I wore

It said, "All Around Cowboy of 1964"
Long days and lucky breaks helped me along
Working hard and riding fast and sleeping in the cold
Made me "All Around Cowboy of 1964"

Folks don't seem to realize the thrill I get from every ride
That bronc feels like pure dynamite to me
Scratched and bruised my body aches from the day to day abuse it takes
Lord only knows the way it sets me free
Now my days have shortened up I'm outa breaks and outa luck
And things will never be the same old way
As I look and shed a tear sometimes I can almost hear
The echos of the judges they would say

You're the "All Around Cowboy of 1964"
Long days and lucky breaks helped me along
Working hard and riding fast and sleeping in the cold
Made me "All Around Cowboy of 1964"
Yes, I'm the "All Around Cowboy of 1964"

Written by:

Raymond H. McDonald; Betty Allen