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A Cowhand & a Fireman – Song Lyric Sunday – Occupations

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A Cowhand & a Fireman – Song Lyric Sunday – Occupations

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For today’s SLS we are asked to find songs about occupations (jobs/careers/work). Thanks, Jim!

There are lots of songs that fit the prompt, and the problem was just choosing which one to post about, so I chose these two.

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This is from the information I found on Wikipedia about this fun song:

I’m an Old Cowhand (From the Rio Grande)” is a comic song written by Johnny Mercer for the film Rhythm on the Range and sung by its star, Bing Crosby. The Crosby commercial recording was made on July 17, 1936 with Jimmy Dorsey & his Orchestra for Decca Records.[1] It was a huge hit in 1936 reaching the No. 2 spot in the charts of the day,[2] and it greatly furthered Mercer’s career. Crosby recorded the song again in 1954 for his album Bing: A Musical Autobiography.

Members of the Western Writers of America chose it as one of the Top 100 Western songs of all time.[3]

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And, this is how I remember this song. It’s a clip of Lucille Ball and Vivian Vance, as Lucy and Ethel,  all dressed up as cowboys singing the song. They were always so funny together in every episode of this classic TV show.

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I'm an old cowhand from the Rio Grande
But my legs ain't bowed and my cheeks ain't tan
I'm a cowboy who never saw a cow
Never roped a steer 'cause I don't know how
Sure ain't a fixing to start in now
Oh, yippie yi yo kayah, yippie yi yo kayah

I'm an old cowhand and I come down from the Rio Grande
And I learned to ride, ride, ride 'fore I learned to stand
I'm a riding fool who is up to date
I know every trail in the Lone Star State
'Cause I ride the range in a Ford V 8
Oh, yippie yi yo kayah, yippie yi yo kayah

Yippie yi yo kayah, yippie yi yo kayah

We're old cowhands from the Rio Grande
And we come to town just to hear the band
We know all the songs that the cowboys know
'Bout the big corral where the doggies go
We learned them all on the radio
Yippie yi yo kayah, yippie yi yo kayah

I'm an old cowhand
(Oh yes, Mr. Bing)
(Too hot for you, Uncle Fudd)
Down from the Rio Grande
Oh where the west is wild all around the borderland
Where the buffalo roam around the zoo
And the Injuns run up a rug or two
And the old Bar X is just a barbecue, yeah
Yippie yi yo kayah, yippie yi yo kayah

I'm a pioneer who began from scratch
I don't bat an eye in a shootin' match
They don't call me Elmer, they call me Satch
Yippie yi yo kayah, yippie yi yo kayah

Get along little horsy
Get along little horsy
Yippie yi yo kayah, oh

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Being a fireman is an honorable profession, and I’m thankful that so many choose this as their career.

(But, shhh…I don’t think this is what the song is actually about)

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“They Call Me The Fireman”, sung by George Strait, was released from his album, “Does Ft. Worth Ever Cross Your Mind”, in 1985. It was written by Mck Vickery and Wayne Kemp, and is on the MCA label.

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They call me the fireman
That’s my name
Makin’ my rounds all over town
Puttin’ out old flamesWell everybody’d like to have what I’ve got
I can cool ’em down while they’re smolderin’ hot
I’m the fireman
That’s my nameLast night they had a bad one a mile or two down the road
Well my buddy walked out and left this woman burnin out of control
Well I was down there in ’bout an hour or so
With a little mouth to mouth she was ready to go
I’m the fireman that’s my nameThey call me the fireman
That’s my name
Makin’ my rounds all over town puttin’ out old flames
Well everybody’d like to have what I’ve got
I can cool ’em down while they’re smolderin’ hot
I’m the fireman that’s my name… Burn ’em upI’ve got fire-engine red t-bird automobile
In a minute or less I can be dressed fit to kill
I work twenty-four on and twenty-four off
When they get too hot, they just give me a call
I’m the fireman, that’s my nameThey call me the fireman, that’s my name
Makin my rounds all over town puttin’ out old flames
Well everybody’d like to have what I’ve got
I can cool ’em down while they’re smolderin’ hot
I’m the fireman, that’s my nameThey call me the fireman
That’s my name.
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