Bandy the Rodeo Clown

Moe Bandy

About Bandy the Rodeo Clown

"Bandy the Rodeo Clown" is a song co-written and recorded by American country music artists Sanger D. Shafer and Lefty Frizzell, and made famous by Moe Bandy. It was released in June 1975 as the title track from his third album, and was his final single from GRC Records. According to AllMusic journalist Stephen Thomas Erlewine, the song and its parent album began "to hint at the good-natured persona that would dominate his Columbia Records." The song casts Bandy as himself in the title role, a rodeo clown who laughs through heartache and the physical pain of the job. "Bandy ... ," along with several of his GRC single releases, was included in several CBS and Sony Records-issued greatest hits packages of Bandy's music that otherwise focused on his later 1970s and 1980s Columbia material. The song was also one of several songs in Bandy's catalog -- "Rodeo Romeo" and "Someday Soon" were two others—that used rodeo storylines to tie in with the complexity of relationships and heartbreak. 


Year:
1993
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Who was once a bull-hooking son of a gun
Now who keeps a pint hid out behind chute number one
Who was riding high till a pretty girl rode him to the ground
Any kid knows where to find me, I'm Bandy the rodeo clown

In the riding and the roping I was closing in on number one
Now in dreams at night I ride on that silver saddle I never won
Since she left me the whiskey takes me to the rodeo grounds
Where the cowboys think I'm handy, I'm Bandy the rodeo clown

I could ride em all the bulls and the broncs knew I was boss
But the ride that woman took me on broke a whole lot more than this old cowboy's bones
While the tears on my makeup melts my painted smile into a frown
The crowd thinks I'm a dandy, I'm Bandy the rodeo clown

I could ride em all the bulls and the broncs knew I was boss
But the ride that woman took me on broke a whole lot more than this old cowboy's bones
While the tears on my makeup melts my painted smile into a frown
The crowd thinks I'm a dandy, I'm Bandy the rodeo clown

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Moe Bandy

Marion Franklin Bandy, Jr., known professionally as Moe Bandy (born February 12, 1944), is a country music singer. He was most popular during the 1970s, when he had several hit songs, both alone and with his singing partner, Joe Stampley. more »

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Written by: LEFTY FRIZZELL, SANGER SHAFER

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