Lyrics: Cowman’s Sweetheart

By Shelley Goldbeck

This parody of I Want to be a Cowboy’s Sweetheart is a result of hearing the woes of being the wife of a rancher or cowman from a number of rural women. 

This is a song about regret!

 

Don’t want to be a cowman’s sweetheart.
Don’t want to learn to rope and ride.
Don’t want to sit in the saddle for hours:
Too hard on my old backside!
Don’t want to hear the coyotes howling;
They seem way too close to me!
Don’t want to be a cowman’s sweetheart.
It’s not the life you promised me.

Don’t want to be on the gate when we brand or wean:
Don’t understand all the signals you make.
Don’t like your cursing when one of the calves escapes.
Don’t want to make THAT mistake!
Don’t want to be the one you send to town for parts
‘Cause you curse when they sell me the wrong ones.
Don’t want to stay home feeding cows while you go to rodeos!
That’s not my idea of fun!

Don’t want to be a cowman’s sweetheart.
Don’t want to learn to rope and ride.
Don’t want to cook for 30 at branding,
Do dishes and still work outside.
Don’t want to hear the cattle bawling
All night long the day we wean.
Don’t want to be a cowman’s sweetheart.
It’s not all it’s cracked up to be.

Don’t want a job in town, come home and work some more.
I want my hair and my fingernails done!
Don’t want to buy a new saddle and roping horse
With my income tax refund!
A burger at the auction mart is NOT dinner out!
Going to a bull sale’s NOT a date!
I want to see a movie that’s not on DVD
And eat from a fancy square plate!

Don’t want to be a cowman’s sweetheart.
Don’t want to learn to rope and ride.
Don’t want to be a cowman’s sweetheart.
I should have been a banker’s bride!

 

I Want to be a Cowboy’s Sweetheart was written by Patsy Montana.