I Can Still Make Cheyenne

Album: Blue Clear Sky (1996)
  • The song is about the life and sacrifice of a rodeo cowboy. The song begins with a phone call from a cowboy on the rodeo who is always on the road. He phones home to his love to check in and also to apologize for letting the rodeo and the life he is leading take precedent over their relationship. During the conversation, the cowboy assures her that he is coming home. However, her tone alerts him that something is wrong. The chorus reveals that the woman has gotten fed up with the life he has left her with and has decided to leave him and go with another man. He then explains that as much as it pains him, he will go on to his true passion, the rodeo. The woman is shocked by his reaction, but even though he momentarily has second thoughts about his decision, he still feels that his love of the rodeo will mend his heart. Cheyenne is the most prestigious rodeo around. Without telling her, he was going to skip Cheyenne to come back to her. He was going to give up Cheyenne to be with her, one of the biggest sacrifices a cowboy could make. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Matthew Woodruff - Henderson, NC

Comments: 2

  • T-rose from Ottawa, OntarioI love this song!
  • Rob from Bossier City, LaThis song speaks to me of a lifestyle that requires so much of you if fills your whole life. I was in the military, and I saw so many relationships fold because even though the man wanted a family and a "Normal" life, his passion was for his unit. The mission drives you, the reward of sacrifice makes you feel important. The only problem in the end, when your body is wore out, and the mission (or rodeo) no longer needs you, your left only with memories, or regrets of what could have been.
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