Country Music

Get the Cowboy Feel in “Should’ve Been A Cowboy” by Toby Keith

On the 12th of February, 1993, Toby Keith introduced the world to “Should’ve Been a Cowboy” as his initial single and the lead-off to his debut self-titled album. Shortly thereafter, the tune climbed to the top of the Hot Country Songs chart by Billboard and also dominated the Canadian RPM Country Tracks chart. It even achieved modest crossover appeal, reaching the 93rd spot on the Billboard Hot 100.

What’s more remarkable is the song’s overwhelming presence on country radio airwaves. It garnered over three million spins, making it the most-played country tune of the 1990s.

The track has also secured its place as a post-game anthem at Oklahoma State University, echoing through the speakers as fans exit the stadium or arena.

Diving into the Lyrics Toby Keith, the songwriter behind “Should’ve Been a Cowboy,” crafts a nostalgic ode to the cowboy lifestyle, drawing heavily from the imagery of classic Western films. The narrative references the enduring saga of Marshal Dillon from the iconic Gunsmoke series, who perpetually hesitates to settle down with his beloved Miss Kitty.

The chorus of the song nods respectfully to famed singing cowboys like Gene Autry and Roy Rogers, incorporating elements of the Wild West such as legendary six-shooters and the quintessential cattle drives depicted in Western cinema.

The protagonist of the song fantasizes about embarking on legendary cowboy adventures, from acquiring a loyal sidekick reminiscent of Tonto or Gordito, to venturing towards the Californian sunset, echoing the historic advice to “Go West, young man.” He imagines pursuing the infamous Jesse James, riding with the Texas Rangers, and immersing himself in the lore of the Wild West.

So, saddle up for an exhilarating journey into the heart of cowboy lore! Click the link below and let Toby Keith’s “Should’ve Been a Cowboy” transport you into the spirited world of cowboys and outlaws.

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