Charles, Ray - I'm An Old Cowhand Lyrics

I'm an old cowhand from the Rio Grande
And my legs ain't bowed, my cheeks ain't tanned
I'm a cowboy who never saw a cow
Never roped a steer 'cause I don't know how
And I sure ain't fixin' to start in now
Yippie-yi-yo-ki-yay, Yippie-yi-yo-ki-yay
I'm an old cowhand from the Rio Grande
And I learned to ride 'fore I learned to stand
I'm a riding fool who is up to date
I know every trail in the Lone Star state
'cause I ride the range in a Ford V-8

[Instrumental-First Line Of A Verse]

And I come to town just to hear the band
I know all the songs that the cowboys know
'bout the big corral where the dogies go
'cause I learned them all on the radio
[flutes play one final "Yippie-yi-yo-ki-yay"]

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Charles, Ray I'm An Old Cowhand Comments
  1. Gonçalo Mortágua

    I'm the one only hearing someone talking throughout the whole song after 1:00 ? I hear ray brown singing his solo and later the drummer too, but this sounds to me like sound engineer talks?

    Abram Wolfe Mamet

    it is sonny grunting in between phrases

  2. evensteve284

    I just heard this for the first time yesterday, and now I’m listening here so thanks for posting! To those below who lament the fact that younger people aren’t diggin’ on jazz, well some of them are! Jazz is just never going to be as big as Pop music. But plenty of today's young people listen to and play Jazz. I work as an Audio Tech and mix a lot of high school plays. On their downtime, the kids in the orchestra pit will jam together on Jazz standards and Classic Rock tunes. Here in New Haven CT USA, there is a weekly Sunday afternoon Jazz jam that’s been going on for years. The parents bring their kids. The kids can play!


    Thank you for easy-to-understand and polite comment.
    I envy the American society where jazz is rooted in people's lives.

  3. The Olde Timey Revue

    It's honestly sad that the younger generation that I am a part of prefers horrible mainstream garbage over great music like this.


    Thank you for your comment. I agree with you totally.
    I think that hard bop jazz in the late 1950s embodies the spirit of jazz.

    The Olde Timey Revue

    monomotapa15 exactly the hard bop of the late 50s up to 65 is what jazz is all about. I mean look at it Kind of Blue by Miles Davis is considered THE quintessential jazz album and the one album that is truly jazz as seen in the eyes of so many. Jazz historians and fans alike.


    For some reason, in Miles' album I don't like "Kind of Blue" very much.
    I know it is the the historical masterpiece which completed mode playing style, but….

    Barry Levine

    @The Olde Timey Revue It's a great album with an exceptional crew of players, and a very easy one to digest aurally.
    BUT - " the one album that is truly jazz as seen in the eyes of so many"? Maybe in the EARS of so many who've not heard much jazz, but that's as far as it goes.
    As far as "what jazz is all about", may I submit to you that jazz is all about musical improvisation and artistic freedom, and that covers a lot of ground, styles, and artists, although we don't have to like them all.


    @monomotapa15 Listen to Birth of the Cool.

  4. The Olde Timey Revue

    This is an AMAZING song. This album is AMAZING! Old school hard bop is AMAZING!

  5. Kariakas

    No comments to this masterpiece? strange indeed


    Thank you for comment. At the end of my channel there is a word "I cannot reply to comment for personal reasons for the time being." I think this is the reason for the few comments. I wrote the details in "A Physician's Guide to Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP) Part 3". Certainly since April, I cannot walk without a stick. But, fortunately I am still fine in some other respects.


    Sorry to hear that, I wish you the best with your health and thank you for the reply and especially the upload. I was just surprised others didn't comment but I guess that has something to do with the general demographic that listens to this kind of music.


    I am very much obliged to you. I go to the day care facility three times a week and do training such as squat and lunge to prevent muscle weakness of the lower part of body. In addition, I repeat English reading aloud in my house to prevent dementia and articulation disorder. And I take a walk when I was tired from it. Because it is not good to be in my house all day. I am not so unhappy now. "Let go of negative outlook on life. Always maintain a positive attitude." There was this sentence in the book I used for reading aloud.

    mike loshak

    What can one say about this? Pure perfection, beyond words!