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Miranda Lambert Rules the Wild West in 'If I Was a Cowboy' Video


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Miranda Lambert proves that her heroes have always been cowboys with her dreamy video for "If I Was a Cowboy," a tribute to all things wild and western. The video, directed by Trey Fanjoy, features Lambert living out the life of a silver screen western hero, riding the range and kicking back whiskeys in a saloon.

"If I Was a Cowboy," penned by Lambert and Jesse Frasure, references wanted posters, tumbleweeds, Tombstone ("I'm your Huckleberry"), Lonesome Dove and more. Lambert also nods to Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson's 1978 hit  "Mammas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys" -- with a significant gender-flipped twist.

"So mamas if your daughters grow up to be cowboys, so what?" the country superstar sings in her signature Texas drawl.

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Last year, Lambert released The Marfa Tapes, a collaboration with Jack Ingram and Jon Randall. She also released the Elle King collaboration "Drunk (And I Don't Wanna Go Home)."

'If I Was a Cowboy' Lyrics:

Riding off in the sunset
Blue eyes under my Stetson
A little lady on the front porch
Wishin' my heart would start settlin'
Big Iron hips with the holster
I'd be lookin' mighty fine on a poster
Wanted by the law but the law don't apply to me

If I was a cowboy, I'd be wild and free
Rollin' around these towns like tumbleweeds
I'd be a legend at loving and leaving
Nipping on a whiskey and numbing up my feelings
You thought the West was wild but you ain't saddled up with me
If I was a cowboy, I'd be the queen

Sittin pretty on the prairie
Baby I'm your Huckleberry
Let me hold ya
This six gun sugar's got a hairpin trigger
Like a told ya
And this dove never really gets lonesome
I never beg, never borrow
But I stole some
Wanted by the law, but the law don't apply to me

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If I was a cowboy, I'd be wild and free
Rollin' around these towns like tumbleweeds
I'd be a legend at loving and leaving
Nipping on a whiskey and numbing up my feelings
You thought the West was wild but you ain't saddled up with me
If I was a cowboy, I'd be the queen

So mamas if your daughters grow up
To be cowboys, so what?

If I was a cowboy, I'd be wild and free
Rollin' around these towns like tumbleweeds
I'd be a legend at loving and leaving
Nipping on a whiskey and numbing up my feelings
You thought the West was wild but you ain't saddled up with me
If I was a cowboy, I'd be the queen

Read More: Cowgirls, Outlaws and Gunslingers: 10 Women Who Ruled the Wild West

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Editors Note: This article was originally published on January 13, 2022.