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​Seventeen

This song is by Chris LeDoux and appears on the album Chris LeDoux and the Saddle Boogie Band (1988) and on the compilation Radio and Rodeo Hits (1990).

When he was 5 years old his mom took him down to the round corral
To watch his dad work the young horse that he called Smokey
Man, did that horse buck
But his old dad just sat up there and rode him like there was nothin' to it
Right then, the boy gained a whole new respect for the man
And from that day on, he knew that when he grew up he wanted to be a cowboy


At seventeen a cowboy's dreams ain't on fixin' fences
Once he's seen 'em ride in old Cheyenne
Ranch routines and his old man's schemes
This ain't where his heart is
But you know his daddy understands

When noonday comes and father and son
Sits down and eat their dinner
Beneath that big Wyoming sky
His daddy knows he's gotta let him go
The boy can't be a winner
If he don't spread his wings and fly

And in his mind he's riding bulls down in Las Vegas
And soon he'll be on a train that leads to Santa Fe
Sweet voice of freedom echoes down the ages
And calls another cowboy on his way

Well, the fencin's done and the morning sun
Finds him packed and ready
Momma kissed his cheek and then she went inside
His old man, well he shook his hand
Said, "Son, you ride 'em pretty"
Didn't see the tears that his momma cried

And in his mind he's riding bulls down in Las Vegas
Today he's on a train that leads to Santa Fe
The sweet voice of freedom echoes down the ages
And calls another cowboy on his way

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