Rodeo

Garth Brooks

About Rodeo

"Rodeo" is a song written by Larry Bastian, and recorded by American country music artist Garth Brooks. It was released in August 1991 as the first single from his album Ropin' the Wind. It peaked at number three on the U. S. country chart but reached number-one on the Canadian country chart.


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His eyes are cold and restless
And His wounds have almost healed
And she'd give half of Texas
Just to change the way he feels
'Cause she knows his love's in Tulsa
And she knows he's gonna go
But it ain't no woman flesh and blood
It's that damned old rodeo

Well  it's bulls and blood
It's dust and mud
It's the roar of a Sunday crowd
It's the white in his knuckles
The gold in his buckle
He'll win the next go 'round
It's boots and chaps
It's cowboy hats
It's spurs and latigo
It's the ropes and the reins
And the joy and the pain
And they call the thing rodeo

She does her best to hold him
When his love comes to call
But his need for it controls him
And her back's against the wall
And it's "So long girl, I'll see you."
When it's time for him to go
You know the woman wants her cowboy
Like he wants his rodeo

Well, it's bulls and blood
It's dust and mud
It's the roar of a Sunday crowd
It's the white in the knuckles
The gold in the buckle
He'll win the next go 'round
It's boots and chaps
It's cowboy hats
It's spurs and latigo
It's the ropes and the reins
And the joy and the pain
And they call the thing rodeo

It'll drive a cowboy crazy
It'll drive the man insane
And he'll sell off everything he owns
Just to pay to play her game
And a broken home and some broken bones
Is all he'll have to show
For all the years that he spent chasin'
This dream they call rodeo

Well, it's bulls and blood
It's dust and mud
It's the roar of a Sunday crowd
It's the white in them knuckles
The gold in the buckle
He'll win the next go 'round
It's boots and chaps
It's cowboy hats
It's spurs and latigo
It's the ropes and the reins
And the joy and the pain
And they call the thing rodeo
It's the broncs and the blood
It's the steers and the mud
And they call the thing rodeo

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Garth Brooks

Troyal Garth Brooks (born February 7, 1962) is an American country music artist. His eponymous first album was released in 1989 and peaked at number 2 in the US country album chart while climbing to number 13 on the Billboard 200 album chart. Brooks' integration of rock elements into his recordings and live performances has earned him immense popularity. This progressive approach allowed him to dominate the country single and album charts while quickly crossing over into the mainstream pop arena, exposing country music to a larger audience. more »

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Written by: LARRY BASTIAN

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Release Information
"Rodeo" is a song recorded by American country music artist Garth Brooks. It was released in August 1991 as the second single from his album, 'Ropin' the Wind'.
Chart Performance
The song peaked at number 3 on the Billboard Country Music Chart in the US. The track also had chart success overseas, hitting number 7 in Canada.
Song Theme
"Rodeo" is a country song about a bull riding cowboy. Its lyrics convey the hard life of a rodeo cowboy and the tough decisions they have to make - love or their passion for rodeo.
Songwriters
The song was co-written by Larry Bastian and Garth Brooks.
Music Video
The music video for "Rodeo" was directed by Kent Thomas. In the video, Brooks is seen singing at a rodeo, with interspersed clips of bull-riding footage.
Billboard Recognition
According to Billboard magazine, "Rodeo" ranked at number 69 on their list of the 100 Greatest Country Songs of All Time in 2014.
Unique Album Fact
The 'Ropin' the Wind' album, which includes "Rodeo," is special because it made Garth Brooks the first country artist to debut at number one on the Billboard 200 charts.
Live Performance Tradition
"Rodeo" is a regular staple in Garth Brooks' live performances, often serving as the concert opener.
Impact on Brooks' Image
The song "Rodeo" was instrumental in strengthening Brooks' image as a singer with strong ties to the cowboy culture and lifestyle.
Development Process
During its writing process, the song initially started as a slow ballad, before transforming into the high-energy track it is known for today.
Market Success
"Rodeo" was one the tracks that helped Garth Brooks solidify his status as one of the best-selling solo artists in the U.S in the 90s.

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