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"I'm an Old Cowhand" - The Local Honeys

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Uploaded on Jul 20, 2011

"I'm an Old Cow Hand (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 recording with Jimmy Dorsey & his Orchestra was a hit in 1936, and greatly furthered Mercer's career.

It has also been sung by Roy Rogers, Johnnie Ray, Jack Teagarden, Patsy Montana, Frank Sinatra, Dan Hicks, and Harry Connick Jr., among others. Lucille Ball and Vivian Vance, as their characters Lucy and Ethel, sang it in an episode of I Love Lucy. A notable jazz version by Sonny Rollins leads off his 1957 album Way Out West. An instrumental version was done by Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass on their album The Brass are Comin'.

The lyrics, about a 20th century cowboy who has little in common with cowpunchers of old, have been included in some anthologies of light verse.

Now check out this bad ass version from The Local Honeys!

The Local Honeys are:
Rachel Kate Gillon
Sarah Bandy
Camela Guevara

www.OnRecord.tv

Producer - Simon Cantlon
Director, Editor - Justin Nathanson
Camera - David Keller, David Boatwright

Shot on location in sunny Charelston, South Carolina, on King and Market Streets, at the outside lobby of the ol' Riviera Theater.

LYRICS

I'm an old cowhand from the Rio Grande
And I learned to ride before I learned to stand
I'm a ridin' 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
Yippee i oh ti-ay! Yippee i oh ti-ay!

I'm an old cowhand from the Rio Grande
But my legs ain't bowed and my cheeks ain't tanned
I'm the cowboy who never saw a cow
Never roped a steer 'cause I don't know how
I sure ain't fixin' to start in now
Yippee i oh ti-ay! Yippee i oh ti-ay!

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 dogies go
We learned them all on the radio
Yipee i oh ti-ay! Yippee i oh ti-ay!

I'm an old cowhand from the Rio Grande
Where the West is wild all around the borderland
Where the buffalo roam around the zoo
And the Indians run up a rug or two
And the old Bar X is just a barbeque
Yippee i oh ti-ay!
I'm a pioneer who began from scratch
I don't bat an eye in a suit or hat
They don't call me Elmer, they call me Satch
Yippee i oh ti-ay! Yippee i oh ti-ay! Yippee i oh ti-ay!

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