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The Cowboy And The Hippie
(Chris LeDoux)

On a highway thru the desert
Beneath an over pass
Sat two hikers just watchin' cars go by
Now one was wearin' sandles with straggly matted hair
Rose colored glasses for his eyes.

Now the other was a cowboy he'd been down on his luck
Lost his money at the Tuson rodeo
And he sat beside what remained of his trusty pick-up truck
And like the hippie now, he's thumbin' down the road.

Some folks don't realize that it's a well know fact
Cowboy's and hippies ain't never got along
Was it just coincidence or some weird act of fate
That brought these two together on the road.

They sat there without talking while the morning sun rose high
When a hot desert breeze commenced to blow
And the fragrance of the incense and six weeks without a bath
Finally drifted down and reached the cowboy's nose.

Well man that really did it, he couldn't take no more
And he tied his old bandana around his face
He said, you greasy stinking hippie, you'd put a skunk to shame
Boy, you're a discrace to the human race.

Now the hippie just sat there and gave the cowboy a smile
Said, man, you don't smell so sweet yourself
Well I'm not too sure what that green stuff is on your boots and on your jeans
But, whew, it's enough to make a buzzard belch.

The cowboy said, now listen, I ain't gonna that that stuff from you
No long haired freaks gonna talk to me that way - get up!
Well the hippie said, now hold on man, what good's that gonna do
You know fighting never settles nothing anyway.

Now we both love our freedom and we'll answer to no man
And you've heard it said, to thine own self be true
We're just a couple of free spirts drifting across the land
Doing exactly what we want to do.

Said, now me, I got my things and you, you got yours
And I don't see why we can't get along
They say the closest thing to freedom is livin' on the road
In a country were freedom's almost gone.

Well the cowboy, he just stood up there and never said a word
But you know this hippie sure made a lot of sense
They shook hands and parted as a truck pulled to the side
And the hippie he went East, and I went West.



 

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