BUCKAROO MAN (lyrics) by Dave Stamey

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Melissa and Dave Stamey in the “real” California,  2013, courtesy of Dave Stamey.

 

BUCKAROO MAN
(lyrics) by Dave Stamey

Sleep in a bed roll of canvas
No-see-ums feed on your ears
Wind blows the dust just like buckshot
And I ain’t never seen it rain much out here
Smell your own sweat in the evenin’
Wash up at the galvanized tank
Nearest town’s forty miles
The cook here he don’t smile
And all these young horses are rank

But come a ty yi yipee I O, on the back of my caballo
I whoopie tie one on when I can
My spurs they don’t ring much, I never did sing much
But I’m sure enough, a Buckaroo Man

Cold fingers stiff in the mornin’
By noon it’s a hundred and three
Five year old slicks in the canyon
And never a hint of a breeze
Jug-headed hollow-back ponies
Provide all with hours of grief
There’s snakes in the shade
Cholla on the grade
And half a ton of grit between my teeth

But come a ty yi yipee I O, on the back of my caballo
I whoopie tie one on when I can
My spurs they don’t ring much, I never did sing much
But I’m sure enough, a Buckaroo Man

© Dave Stamey, HorseCamp Music, used with permission

Dave Stamey is one of today’s most outstanding—and most popular—cowboy songwriters, singers, and musicians. He has an impressive body of work, and continues to write and perform new music. He has been there and done that, working as a packer, cowboy, and dude wrangler. He likes to say that he prefers his current work to “…being stomped by angry horses.”

He has penned some of the most memorable contemporary cowboy songs, including this one, which was on his early album of the same name and was included also on “It’s Just a State of Mind: Live at Tales from the Tavern.” Watch his performance of “Buckaroo Man” at the Tavern (California’s Maverick Saloon in Santa Ynez) here.

Check out a recent performance of “Buckaroo Man” with the Grinnell Symphony Orchestra.

His latest album is “Western Stories,” filled with more of his signature complex and intelligent ballads and songs.

The hard-working Stamey performs across the West, and beyond, and is part of the great lineup at the forthcoming National Cowboy Symposium (September 9-11, Lubbock, Texas), along with Mike Beck, Chris Isaacs, and others.

He’ll be inducted into the Western Music Association Hall of Fame this fall.

Find more about Dave Stamey and more lyrics at CowboyPoetry.com,  visit his site, and find him on Facebook.

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