Monday, August 29, 2005

Come back Hopalong

Where have all the cowboy’s gone? Jewel said it first, but I’m wondering the same thing. Years ago, a cowboy was a manly combination of ruffian and gentleman. A cowboy could hold his own in a bar fight and hold the door for a lady. A cowboy was an honorable, hard working American icon that stood for what’s right and didn’t take crap from anybody. Just ask John Wayne or Marshal Dillon, they’ll tell you.

Nowadays, country music has successfully constructed a new cowboy image, an image that conjures up thoughts of raunchy women, parties, and Nascar. Today’s “cowboys” have abandoned their home on the dusty trail and sing about bumming on the beach more often than not. Cowboy’s have devolved into the common redneck.

When Willie Nelson sang that his “hero’s have always been cowboys”, you can be sure that it is not because of all the rides they get from people trying to save horses. Cowboy’s had integrity, but now they are gone, and those who parade around today have no more in common with them than a hat and pair of boots.


Blogger Ricardo Grande said...

I couldn't agree with you more - except about the song. That was Paula Cole, not Jewel. :)

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