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I've Got to Be a Rodeo Man

This song is by Chris LeDoux and appears on the album Songbook of the American West (1976) and on the album Powder River (1989).

Sometimes this old road
Gets so damn lonesome away from home
And there ain't no way in sight head on back
Nobody knows the way it feels
To suffer through this living hell
'Less you been on down that road yourself

Lord, you know I ain't really a bum
I was once a clean-cut mother's son
And you know down deep inside I still am
But this rodeo life's got it's hold on me
And there ain't no way it'll set me free
You know I've got to be a rodeo man

Skinny old dog on the rodeo grounds
Scroungin', a-sniffin', a-lookin' around
In a lot of ways, I'm just like him
'Cause I'm eating up scraps off the dinner table
In a greasy cafe until I'm able
To ride them broncs good enough to win

Lord, you know I ain't really a bum
I was once a clean-cut mother's son
And you know down deep inside I still am
But this rodeo life's got it's hold on me
And there ain't no way it'll set me free
You know I've got to be a rodeo man
You know I've got to be a rodeo man

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