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​Ten Seconds in the Saddle

This song is by Chris LeDoux and appears on the album Western Tunesmith (1979).

This song is featured in the video game Thrillville: Off the Rails.
His Stetson was faded and battered and worn
The stubble of his beard showed flakes of gray
His limp was severe 'cause a leg had been torn
By a bronc in his rodeo days

He hung 'round the chutes while we waited to mount
With a vague look of longing in his eyes
He spoke very few words but he made 'em count
He was broken, forgotten, but wise

He said, "Life is just like riding broncs, it's a battle"
Then he rolled a cigarette with shaky hands
"Son, I'll gladly take ten seconds in the saddle
For a life time of watching from the stands"

I noticed the cigarette burns on his vest
And the remnant of a dream left in his eyes
The boys said that he could have well been the best
Had not fate cheated him of his prize

Ah, but I learned a lesson that I've never known
From this guy who'd been busted so bad
It's better to ride even if you get thrown
Than to wind up just wishing you had

He said, "Life is just like riding broncs, it's a battle"
Then he rolled a cigarette with shaky hands
"Son, I'll gladly take ten seconds in the saddle
For a life time of watching from the stands"
"Yes, I'll gladly take ten seconds in the saddle
For a life time of watching from the stands"

Written by:

Terry S. Smith