WHEN A COWBOY SINGS by Andy Nelson

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WHEN A COWBOY SINGS
by Andy Nelson

Each moment that I spent in a saddle,
From desert to high mountain springs;
Tends to migrate from dormant to conscious,
Every time a cowboy sings.

The chirp made as my horse works his cricket,
And the way a poly rope zings;
The clanking of spur chains and jingle bobs,
Resonate when a cowboy sings.

The tell-tale scent of a wet saddle pad,
Rain on sage, among other things;
All come back in an olfactory rush,
Whenever a good cowboy sings.

I can recall smartly how frost bite feels,
And just how bad a hail stone stings;
I may recollect the ache of regret,
Anytime that a cowboy sings.

I taste the sensation of riding drag,
The savor of old piggin’ strings;
And salivate at the thought of calf fries,
Listening as a cowboy sings.

I reminisce some old cowboy mentors,
Who traded chaps for angels’ wings;
Yet the harrowing pangs of loneliness,
Can haunt me when a cowboy sings.

But it takes me back where I need to be,
Peace of mind, the melody brings;
And I get the chance to live once again,
Every time a cowboy sings.

© 2017, Andy Nelson, used with permission
This poem should not be reposted or reprinted without permission

Second-generation farrier Andy Nelson is a popular cowboy poet, emcee, humorist, rodeo announcer, and co-host (with his brother Jim) of the syndicated Clear Out West (C.O.W.) radio show.

Andy appears at events and gatherings across the West, and he will be at the 31st annual Sierra Valley Grange Cowboy Poetry & Music Show, March 17-18, 2017 in Vinton, California. He’ll be joined by Brenn Hill and Carol Schley. Find more here. Find more of Andy’s upcoming performances at his web site, cowpokepoet.com.

Andy Nelson’s latest CD is I Won, and it features a wide range of poetic moods, from nonsense to reverence, that show the breadth of his talents. He is accompanied by friend and top songwriter Brenn Hill—who produced the album—on several tracks. The great-looking package sports a cover by noted cowboy cartoonist Ben Crane.

Clear Out West (C.O.W.) radio’s weekly programs can be heard online (and there are archives of past shows). The sixth annual C.O.W. Cruise takes place next year, January 18-27, 2017. This time the cruise goes to Hawaii and will include a special C.O.W. tour of the famous Parker Ranch. Find more here.

This photo of singer and songwriter Jared Rogerson is by Mark Gocke Photography (markgocke.com). Jared’s newest album is Heaven, and in this small world, Brenn Hill makes a vocal appearance on his own “Cowboy Singer, Too,” a relevant piece about who is “cowboy enough,” and Andy Nelson also shows up on the track.

Watch the impressive promo for the album, with great images. There’s more at jaredrogerson.com and at his YouTube channel.

Find more about Jared Rogerson at CowboyPoetry.com,  and on Facebook.

HEAVEN lyrics by Jared Rogerson

jadaphoto by Terry Allen

 

HEAVEN
lyrics by Jared Rogerson

Green field, yellow t-shirt, French-braid in your long brown hair
Hay’s cut, baled up, now Daddy says it’s okay to run him out there
You’re nine years old, fast as you can go on the back of your gold palomino
And your little blue heeler is catching up fast, your big smile makes me laugh

You’re heaven, heaven in a picture
Time stands still, did I forget to mention
You’re heaven, the image of love
Yeah, you’re a picture of heaven

Eighteen, your field of dreams is far away from that college town
You go to work, you go to school, grown up ain’t always cool
But on Friday night, fast as you can go chasing cans at the college rodeo
And your old palomino giving all he has, it’s like you’re flying first class

You’re heaven, heaven in a picture
Time stands still, did I forget to mention
You’re heaven, the image of love
Yeah, you’re a picture of heaven

Remember this, time is a test and life is a clover leaf
In your white dress don’t you forget you’ll always be my little piece of

Heaven, heaven in a picture
Time stands still, did I forget to mention…

You’re heaven, heaven in a picture
Time stands still, did I forget to mention
You’re heaven, the image of love
Yeah, you’re a picture of Heaven

(Heaven in a picture
Time stands still) did I forget to mention

(You’re heaven, the image of love)
Yeah, you’re a picture of heaven

© 2016, Jared Rogerson, Wapiti Country (ASCAP)

jrheaven

A fresh and compelling voice in the Western music world, Jared Rogerson’s newest album, Heaven, offers a wide variety of his lively songs and includes a few co-writes and songs by others. There are both tough and tender themes that include roads traveled, rodeo tales, working cowgirls, relationships lost and found, freedom, and the big open West. Brenn Hill makes a vocal appearance on his own “Cowboy Singer, Too,” a relevant piece about who is “cowboy enough,” well done by Rogerson (even popular poet Andy Nelson shows up on the track).

Watch the impressive promo for the album, with great images, here.

See Rick Huff’s “Best of the West” review here.

Find all the lyrics and much more at jaredrogerson.com and enjoy songs from Heaven and other albums and performance videos at Jared Rogerson’s YouTube channel. Listen to the song, “Heaven,” here.

Jared shared the photo at the top of this page (by Terry Allen) of his daughter, Jada, painting “Heaven.”

Find more about Jared Rogerson at CowboyPoetry.com and on Facebook.

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