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He's a Hard Workin Cowboy - An Old Saddle Tramp


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This is an old style Traditional Western song

I posted a version of this song in 2007, shortly after I came to MJ, but have since taken it down. This is a completely new version with extensive rewriting of the lyrics, including the addition of a bridge that was not in the original version from the 1990 recording I posted here.

I'm not sure it's any better, but it is different in a number of way. Different bpm, different instruments including the addition of a string section later in the song.

I need some feedback on this one and I could also use some volunteers to do the harmony parts. The ones I did I don't care for that much and it really needs some pro harmony singers to help it shine,

he song it about an old cowboy on his way out.

I hope you enjoy this song as it is, but can also offer suggestion for improvements.

Thanks for listening, and be well,

Ed
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Lyrics
He's a Hard Workin' Cowboy - ( An Old Saddle Tramp ) - G-maj

Words, Music and Arrangement By Edward C. Wemmerus Sr.
Copyright © December 11, 1990 All Rights Reserved - Registered January 15, 1991
New lyrics Copyright © Edward C Wemmerus Sr. August 24, 1020

VERSE 1
As a young man he learned, how to rope and to ride
His father had taught him, the meaning of pride
He learned how to work, and he learned how to sweat
He learned about truth, and promises kept

CHORUS 1
He's a hard workin' cowboy, an old saddle tramp
With a bedroll and saddle, he makes up his camp
He's a hard workin' cowboy, who's time is long past
He'll work them old doggies, till he breathes his last.

VERSE 2
He once loved a woman, filled with desire
A pretty young lady, with eyes full of fire
But the call of the saddle, he could not ignore
When she finally left him, he rode all the more

CHORUS 2
He's a hard workin' cowboy, an old saddle tramp
With a bedroll and saddle, he makes up his camp
He's a hard workin' cowboy, who lives in the past,
But he'll work them old doggies, till he breathes his last.

VERSE 3
He knows the times come, to take his last ride
So he cinches his saddle, and mounts up with pride
He watches the young man, who'll soon take his place
With the wisdom of age, etched on his face

Bridge
Sometimes when a man, is stuck in the past
Has nothing to show, nothing that lasts
But his time has come, to count up the cost
For the choices he's made, the love that he lost

FINAL CHORUS
He's a hard workin' cowboy, just an old saddle tramp
But the fires gone out, and he's breakin up camp
He's a hard workin' cowboy, who's given his best
For him the rides over, at last he can rest

Tag Line:
Yeah - for him the rides over, at last he can rest
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Uploaded: Aug 26, 2010 - 04:51:19 PM
Last Updated: Jan 22, 2011 - 04:04:05 AM Last Played: Jun 21, 2017 - 12:46:05 AM
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Comments
TobinMueller said 2640 days ago (August 26th, 2010)
Dignity
I love cowboy music. This captures the essence. Classic, simple, virtuous, as if it was from the 150 year old catalog. I'd have varied the piano each verse a bit. I like your bridge, makes it more universal. Really nice.
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sloparts said 2640 days ago (August 26th, 2010)
Thanks Tobin
I wrote this way back in 1990 just to see if I could do one of the old style western songs.

Back then, all the tracks for it were done with Midi, except of course the vocals and guitar. I still have those old tracks and this version is built around that core, the Piano part being the same as the one I used then. Yes, I do need to redo that piano part but I'm so lousy on the keyboard I've tried to stay away from that. I guess I just need to write a new Midi Piano part, or try to actually play a new one for it.

Thanks again for listening Tobin and for prodding me about the lame piano section. Glad you liked the rest of the song, and I do appreciate the close listen and critique.

Be well my friend, and be cool,

Ed
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alackbass said 2640 days ago (August 26th, 2010)
He's a Hard Workin Cowboy
You are the MJer keeping the flame of traditional country alive. This takes me back to the Eddie Arnold records my dad had playing in the house while I was growing up.
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sloparts said 2640 days ago (August 26th, 2010)
Well Andrew
Though the sound quality of the recordings back then wasn't great, the people doing the singing and playing were, including Eddie Arnold. I for one, like some of that Traditional style of Country music and even though I don't do many that are this old in style, I do like to do one when I can muster the courage to try it.

But my favorite Country comes from the 60's 70's and early 80s. There's still some very good Country being done these days, but there's a lot more that's just Rock with a twang.

Anyway, thanks for listening, and the kind words. Glad it brought back some fond memories for you.

Be well and be cool,

Ed
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Sigmund said 2640 days ago (August 26th, 2010)
Hard Workin Cowboy
A nostalgic story of the life of a cowboy, so fitting for this genre. This song reminds me of a recent trip my wife and I took through a town called Lone Pine, where Gene Autry filmed a lot of his movies. As you can imagine, it is a very nostalgic town. Any song that can bring back fond memories is a great song - THIS is a great song.

Much enjoyed - thank you for sharing it!
Sig
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sloparts said 2640 days ago (August 26th, 2010)
Hello Sigmund
You don't get too many old style Cowboy song online anywhere that I know of at least. I did this one back in 1990 and just redid it this week. This is the only real Cowboy song I ever tried, mostly cause I usually do a little more modern type of Country from the 60's, 70's, or early 80's. This one is more like something out of the 40's or 50's or maybe even before that. But it was a fun song to do even though the harmonies are very hard for me. Me and harmony don't normally get along too well, don't ya know.

I used to live in CA, and I've been through Lone Pine on several occasions, although it was many years ago. If I've got my directions straight, it's out somewhere on 395 about 3 hours north of LA , out by Death Valley. Nice to go in the winter, but hell in the summer as I recall.

It's a nice thing that this song brought a little joy into your life, I'm glad about that. I thank you for coming to listen to it and for the kind words on it.

Be well and be cool my friend,

Ed
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Dadai.2 said 2640 days ago (August 26th, 2010)
Ed... gosh,

this CW gold. I have to say, this is your forte. I remember the 2007 version. This ramps it up a couple notches. Excellent vocals. So subtle and a tightly recorded performance. Seems to be filled with pathos as you sing... at least he can rest. God bless you, Ed.

best to you my friend.
sloparts said 2640 days ago (August 26th, 2010)
I don't know about Gold, jack
but maybe Copper. That 2007 version was straight off the old Tascam Reel to Reel recorder, warts and all, which explains a lot about why it sounded like it did.

This one is a completely new version. not only the instrumentation, but the lyrics have been cleaned up and rewritten, and I wrote in a bridge for it that wasn't even in the old version. Now if I could just get the music squared away, and some really good harmony singers to get the harmony done right, then it would be Gold.

About that pathos thing, I never thought about where this song went until you mentioned it. Now that I have thought of it it strike a, you should excuse the expression, "Chord" in me. It's a good thing I've never been a real Cowboy, or I'd be worried right about now.

Thanks for the Blessing, Jack it is needed and appreciated. Thanks too for coming to listen, and for your thoughtful comments and insight,

Be well my friend and be cool,

Ed
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jdholliday said 2639 days ago (August 27th, 2010)
Ed you're a legand
in my mind! Man I wish I lived in closer to you I'd be pickin' your brain daily! This is classic old school Country and Western, I agree with Andrew like my parents records!
Great post!
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sloparts said 2638 days ago (August 28th, 2010)
Thanks Jim
Glad you liked the song. I wrote it back in 1990 just to see if I could. Then came the challenge of the harmony parts. I consider this new version a work in progress and am working on a revision of the music bed as we speak. It's hard to get this style right, and is definitely a learning process.

Thanks for listening ,my friend and for the kind words.

Be well and be cool, Jim,

Ed
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davisamerica said 2639 days ago (August 27th, 2010)
you
need to call Terry... if he doesn't jump in I will be surprised. Ed... you are smooth as fine whiskey. ..... call Terry!
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sloparts said 2638 days ago (August 28th, 2010)
I Called Terry and he's working on it as we speak
Don't know where he'll take it, but am dying to find out what he does. I'm reworking the music bed to clean up a bunch of little things that I know could have been done better, Hopefully, one day, I'll truly get this one right.

Thanks for listening Jack, and the suggestion to call Terry, it was a great idea.

Be well my friend and be cool,

Ed
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lilmom said 2639 days ago (August 27th, 2010)
Monty Walsh
put to music! One of my favorite movies is Tom Selleck's "Monty Walsh". It's all about what you put to music in this great song! I love the concept! All the parts fit together well....the story, the music style, the production. Very well done! I love it.
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sloparts said 2638 days ago (August 28th, 2010)
Hello Silvia
Tom Selleck is one of my all time favorite actors. I loved the "Quigley Down Under" movie as well as some of his more recent westerns. I still love watching Magnum on the retro TV channel when it comes on.

This is really a work in progress. Started on it in 1990 and am still trying to get it right. Not satisfied with this version so I'm working on it as we speak. One of these days I'll have it done right and then I'll finally be happy with the piece.

Anyway, I'm glad you enjoyed it and left those oh so kind words for me on it, thank you for that.

Be well and be cool Silvia,

Ed
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dave_b said 2639 days ago (August 27th, 2010)
He's a Hard Workin Cowboy
Great storytelling. I like the way the verses follow the cowboy's career and bring out the pride in the job and the sacrifices made. Music and Johnny Cash style vocals fit the lyric perfectly.
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sloparts said 2638 days ago (August 28th, 2010)
Thanks Dave
The Johnny Cash comment hits me in the heart cause you can't do much better than that, I reckon.

Glad you liked the song Dave, and left those oh so nice comments for me. Still working on getting this one right, and as I see it, it's got a ways to go before it's done.

Thanks again for listening Dave.

Be well and be cool my friend,

Ed
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sschedra said 2639 days ago (August 27th, 2010)
Ed,
I love it! Yeah more backing vocals and definitely pedal steel guitar!
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sloparts said 2638 days ago (August 28th, 2010)
Thank, Stephen
for listening and the suggestions. It is a work in progress which is why I posted it asking for ideas. Those are some good ideas and I am planning a revised version based on your suggestions as well as a few others.

One thing that might help, that I just thought of, would be to listen to some of the old Cowboy songs from years ago to refresh my memory of what they sounded like and what instruments and playing style they used back then.

Thanks again for listening Stephen, glad you enjoyed the song.

Be well and be cool my friend,

Ed
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davisamerica2 said 2639 days ago (August 27th, 2010)
NOW we've heard Country!
I never got to hear your first one Ed, but this one is really fine. I especially like these lyrics. You said they went through some revisions, but you kept that flow nice and easy and very natural. Great story telling. And I hear nothing wrong at all with the harmony you have, but thought I heard some opportune spots for another singer hungry for a good song. Yeah, Jack has me pegged. I'll probably be playing around with this. That bridge is intriguing also. Excellent post Ed.
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sloparts said 2638 days ago (August 28th, 2010)
Actually Terry
the old version was a little disjointed and didn't really tell the whole story like this one does. It also didn't have the bridge which I think ties the verses and choruses together and completes the story. After I developed the bridge I rewrote the verses and choruses so the story progressed through the mans life and actually told a believable story.

It's a funny thing about the bridge, I recorded it at the same time and with the same mic and setting as I did the rest of the song, and yet it almost sounds like it was added in after the original recording was done. I must have completely changed the character of my voice when I sang it because it does sound different to me.

Thanks for listening and the kind words Terry, Can't wait to see what you come up with for it.

Be well and be cool, and drop by any time when you're in the area,

Ed
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blindsidedpoets said 2638 days ago (August 28th, 2010)
He's a Hard Workin Cowboy
That is traditional. Nothing wrong with that at all. Great tune, very well done!
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sloparts said 2638 days ago (August 28th, 2010)
Thanks Nigel
It still needs some work, and I'm working on it. Thanks for the kind words and the listen my friend, it is appreciated. I'm glad you enjoyed the song.

Be well and be cool,

Ed
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TERRAPLANE said 2638 days ago (August 28th, 2010)
Cowboy song
Gee,, ED talk about going back in time,, I can smell that campfire.. A classic old western song done just right,, Thanks partner
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sloparts said 2638 days ago (August 28th, 2010)
Hello Terry
When your as old as I am, you tend to live in the past, or maybe you noticed that already. ;-)
I can smell the beans cooking and the salt beef in the stew pot as we speak. And the coffee sure tastes good too.

Thanks for listening Terry, and for bringing back some old memories. Clad you enjoyed the song.

Be well and be cool my friend,

Ed
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ShadowofNine said 2638 days ago (August 28th, 2010)
Story telling
as only country can deliver, really like this piece ED, much fun to listen to...
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sloparts said 2638 days ago (August 28th, 2010)
That's pretty much
what real Country is all about, especially the old Western songs. I guess, telling stories that people can relate to, or at the very least connect with is the whole point of Country Music.
Glad you enjoyed the song Dave. Thanks so much for listening and for the kind words on it. it's still not a done deal on this one as there's more work needed to really make it shine, but I'm on it.

Thanks again for listening Dave,

Be well and be cool,
Ed
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RochaMalhada said 2637 days ago (August 29th, 2010)
old time cowboy song
nice harmonies, song structure, to give this an authenticated stamp... I like it

The levels and distribution are all good to me - but the main vocal has a sound that seems it was attached later, not the same ambient presence of the rest of the instrumentation.

Still works great for me, though.

. - Harold
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sloparts said 2637 days ago (August 29th, 2010)
Thanks Harold
I'll check out the ambience thing and see what it needs. Terry,( davisamerica2) and I are working on a new version and collaborating on this song as we speak. It's already sounding better, and since I'm not in a rush I'm going to take these different ideas and suggestion to heart on the new version and integrate a lot of them as we progress.

Thanks for listening Harold, I really appreciate the feedback on this one, and the listen.

Be well and be cool my friend,

Ed
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sonnyjim said 2637 days ago (August 29th, 2010)
Nice Job, Ed
Honest and straightforward, solidly sung.
I think Harold's onto something with his 'ambience' critique, but at the end of the day that's a technical matter: you'll figure it out. You've got the heart of the thing, which to my mind is the tough part....
Looking forward to hearing the version with Terry!

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sloparts said 2637 days ago (August 29th, 2010)
Thanks Matt
I think when Terry and I get done with the new version it will be so much better then this one. But I also think your comment about having "the heart of the thing" is something to keep in mind as we search for the final "Best" version. Don't want to ever lose sight of "The Heart" of the song.

Thanks again for listening Matt, I've come to respect and trust you opinions and judgement about things musical after having the pleasure of working on Bayou Stomp together.

Be well and be cool my friend,

Ed
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Symphony101 said 2637 days ago (August 30th, 2010)
Awesome Ed !
Beautiful gentle tune, an awesome work !
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sloparts said 2636 days ago (August 30th, 2010)
Hello Yves
Thanks for that my friend, and for listening. I'm glad you liked the song, but stay tuned. davisamerica-2 and I are working on a new version that promises to take this to a whole new level. Whether we can trust "it;s" promises will be for y'all to decide once we get it done and posted.

Again, thanks for listening Yves, it is appreciated.

Be well and be cool my friend,

Ed
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PockBluesman said 2636 days ago (August 30th, 2010)
Top notch
Ed
Personally I wouldn't mess to much with this. The tone is just right. Im a big fan of the traditional C&W and the production on this is way up there. And as for the harmonies they sit in answer to the lead vocal very well. Really enjoyed it and downloaded.
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sloparts said 2635 days ago (August 31st, 2010)
Hey there Bluesman
Well, we're working on a new version as I speak, ( we being myself and Terry Pearson - davisamerica-2 ), and it's coming along nicely.

Terry sent me some Harmony parts to add to the mix that work perfectly, and really fill out the harmony section. I've been cleaning up and redoing the instrumental parts to get them tighter and better played instrumentally, and to keep them from getting monotonous.

I think the new version is going to be an order of magnitude better than this one, but ultimately that'll be for others to decide. It'll still have the same feel, but it will be better on all levels, or at least that's the hope.

Thanks for listening and for the very kind words my friend, it is appreciated.

Be well and be cool,

Ed
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DWL said 2636 days ago (August 31st, 2010)
Terribly sad song
A very moving piece of work Ed.

A real sense of longing and of times gone by. The world weary delivery suits the song perfectly. I think I might have a little cry now.

Cheers

Dick

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sloparts said 2635 days ago (August 31st, 2010)
Sometimes a Cowboy's life can be sad, Dick
but there's no need to cry. ( lol) He died content, even if sad over his lost love. His real zest for life is the story here, and his pride in a job well done.

I think you're really going to like the new version Terry and I are working on, when we get it done and posted. But we'll just have to see if you do.

Thanks for listening my friend, I really do appreciate that.

Be well and be cool,

Ed
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