Cowboy Dan

Album: The Lonesome Crowded West (1997)
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  • Well, Cowboy Dan's a major player in the cowboy scene
    He goes to the reservation drinks and gets mean
    He's gonna start a war
    He hops in his pickup puts the pedal to the floor
    And says "I got mine but I want more"

    Well, Cowboy Dan's a major player in the cowboy scene
    He goes to the reservation drinks and gets mean
    He drove the desert, fired his rifle in the sky
    And says, "God if I have to die you will have to die"
    Well, Cowboy Dan's a major player in the cowboy scene
    He goes the the reservation drinks and gets mean
    I didn't move to the city, the city moved to me

    And I want out desperately
    Can't do it, not even if sober
    Can't get that engine turned over
    Standing in the tall grass
    Thinking nothing
    You know we need oxygen to breath

    Whenever you are walking you're just moving the ground
    Whenever you are talking you're just moving your mouth
    Where ever you look you're just looking down
    Well, Cowboy Dan's a major player in the cowboy scene
    He goes to the reservation drinks and gets mean

    He's gonna start a war
    He hops in his pickup puts the pedal to the floor
    And says "I got mine but I want more"
    Well, Cowboy Dan's a major player in the cowboy scene
    He goes to the reservation drinks and gets mean
    He drove the desert, fired his rifle in the sky
    And says, "God if I have to die you will have to die"
    Well, Cowboy Dan's a major player in the cowboy scene
    He goes the the reservation drinks and gets mean
    I didn't move to the city, the city moved to me

    And I want out desperately
    Can't do it, not even if sober
    Can't get that engine turned over Writer/s: ERIC JUDY, ISAAC BROCK, JEREMIAH GREEN
    Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 6

  • Jesse from San Antoino, Txpowerful lyrics
  • Robert from Beverly Hills, United StatesIsaac Brock has actually said this is one of his only songs that he wrote about a person he knew.
  • Mike from Willoughby, OhCowboy Dan is someone who has lost a major in possession in his life, likely his job. He feels it has been unfairly taken from him. Brock mentions he goes to "Reservation" to drink, like how Native Americans were said to be driven to drink "firewater" out of the despair that their land and way of life was being permanently taken by the ever-expanding American menace. He realizes he's in that downward spiral, despairing that things will never change from his current misfortune as he "Can't get that that engine turned over," so he seeks temporary escape in alcohol, where he turns into bleeding heart to whoever he's drinking with (probably strangers or himself, where he'd scream at God) and tells them all to watch out that there's not enough air for everyone to live and what happened to him will happen to them soon.

    On an somewhat related note, I had a dream where I was on the last day of my job at a restaurant and all of the restaurant patrons (all unrelated and strangers to me) started singing this song a cappella as I left the restaurant for the last time.
  • Marcus from Claremore, OkAnother fact
    this song was written after one of isaacs friends dad whose name happened to be Dan.

    HES GONNA START A WAR!!!
  • Karyn from Canadai love isaac brock
    = my hero .
  • Jeff from Barrington, IlI saw Modest Mouse in concert last weekend and they played this song. All the people who had never heard it before clapped when they thought the song was over, they ended up clapping three times before finally getting it right.
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