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See Kacey Musgraves’ Sparkling Performance of ‘Space Cowboy’ on Fallon

 

Fans of Kacey Musgraves‘ stunning new song “Space Cowboy” didn’t have to wait long to watch the singer perform it on national television. Just three days after its official release, Musgraves sang the cut off forthcoming album Golden Hour on the Feb. 26 edition of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

The solid showing snowballs the hype train that’s rolling toward the album’s March 30 release date. Musgraves and her band sound as sharp as ever, sharing her clever, heartbreaking tale of a relationship’s bitter end that adds a new twist to cowboys’ desires for wide open spaces. If the rest of the album is nearly as good as this song, it’ll make several way-too-early year-end lists.

Of course Musgraves looks stylish, but how about the guys in the band? Their matching suits had them looking like modern-day Texas Troubadours, pointing back to the old days when performers’ over-the-top looks were, in modern terms, like hillbilly bling.

Musgraves’ celebration of country singers’ roles as brutally honest storytellers makes this as strong a mainstream representation of past traditions as Chris Stapleton and Sturgill Simpson’s Saturday Night Live team-up.

“Space Cowboy” Lyrics:

You look out the window while I look at you
Saying that I don’t know
Would be like saying that the sky ain’t blue
And boots weren’t made for sitting by the door
Since you don’t wanna stay anymore

You can have your space, cowboy
I ain’t gonna fence you in
Go on, ride away in your Silverado
Guess I’ll see you ’round again
I know my place, and it ain’t with you
Well, sunsets fade, and love does, too
Yeah, we had our day in the sun
When a horse wants to run, there ain’t no sense in closing the gate
You can have your space, cowboy

After the gold rush, there ain’t no reason to stay
Shoulda learned from the movies that good guys don’t run away
But roads weren’t made to not go down
And there ain’t room for both of us in this town

So you can have your space, cowboy
I ain’t gonna fence you in
Go on, ride away in your Silverado
I’ll see you around again
‘Cause I know my place, and it ain’t with you
Sunsets fade, and love does, too
We had our day in the sun
When a horse wants to run, ain’t no sense in closing the gate
So you can have your space

You can have your space, cowboy
I ain’t gonna fence you in
Go on, ride away in your Silverado
I’ll see you around again
‘Cause I know my place, and it ain’t with you
Sunsets fade, and love does, too
Though we had our day in the sun
When a horse wants to run, ain’t no sense in closing the gate
You can have your space
Yeah, you can have your space
You can have your space, cowboy

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See Kacey Musgraves’ Sparkling Performance of ‘Space Cowboy’ on Fallon