A Real Cowboy
I never met a real Cowboy
who thought he knew it all
Oh, I met some Wranglers
who knew how to twist a steer's tail
to get him back on his feet
and lead a lost calf
to a lonely ol' cow's teat.
Ya learn who's smart and who's stupid
when you're on the cattle trail
And wonder what category
you yourself would fall
When all you have to listen to
is a herd of cattle bawl.
Or yer out for the season
with a busted leg
for no god reason
'cept some ol cowboy
called yer pride by sayin'
"There's a Mustang I bet you can't ride."
An I've met some barroom Cowboys
who think they rule the world
from the top of a bar stool
An a man's life is measured
by how good he can shoot a game of pool.
An I've met some good Cowboys
who live out of a pick-up truck
Following the Rodeo Trail
Livin' on their luck.
An' I've met some honky-tonk fools
who've spent a weeks wages
on one night of fun
And think they know everything - 'cept
that on Monday there's work to be done.
But a Real Cowboy - takes his hat off to
the setting sun -
the sky ablaze around him - an' for miles
he's the only one.
An' he knows the difference between
lonely and alone.
An' he has faith in his horse
to lead him safely home.
Surrounded by the Western Sky
can make even the biggest man feel small
That's why I've never a Real Cowboy
who thought he knew it all.
© 2002, Kal Roberts
About Kal Roberts
Have returned home to Skull Valley, Arizona, after many years in Nashville (some say too many) as a photographer/writer/actor/cowboy poet.
You've probably seen me in the movies with Waylon, Kris, Willie and Johnny. David Allen Coe and I were the 'bad brothers' in Stagecoach. And I was the leader of Quantrills Gang in "Last Days of Frank and Jessie James" with Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson.
All of them are good friends, and you have seen my photographs on their album covers.
I basically introduced Cowboy Poetry to Nashville. From 6 people in the audience at the Hall of Fame, I packed it with over 200 and had such guests as Tanya Tucker and Bill Monroe.
I also hosted and created Cowboy Poetry on Willie Nelson's 'Outlaw network' international radio show. And am the voice for gunfights at Old Tucson Studio.
With my long white beard and deep, professional voice, I create quite a physical presence.
(p.s. - Perhaps I should mention that I have been awarded the Pulitzer Prize for photojournalism)
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