I’m An Old Cowhand

Writer(s): Johnny Mercer
(from the Album: Sinatra The Television Years 1957–1965)

I’m an old cowhand from the Rio Grande,
But my legs ain’t bowed, and my cheeks ain’t tanned,
I’m a cowboy who never saw a cow
Never roped a steer ’cause I don’t know how,
And I sure ain’t fixin’ to start in now
Yippie-yi-yo-ki-yay, Yippie-yi-yo-ki-yay
I’m an old cowhand from the Rio Grande,
And I learned to ride ‘fore 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 V8,
Yippie-yi-yo-ki-yay,
[instrumental-first line of a verse]
And I come to town just to hear the band
I know all the songs that the cowboys know
‘Bout the big corral where the dogies go
‘Cause I learned them all on the rad-ee-o
Hey, yippie-yi-yo-ki-yay, Yippie-yi-yo-ki-yay
Yippie-yi-yo-ki-yay
[flutes play one final “Yippie-yi-yo-ki-yay”]
Note: This is a 1:42 minute live TV version and Frank may never have sung it exactly this way before or after.

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